Sandy Spring Friends School



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Academics at Sandy Spring Friends School

Sandy Spring Friends School is an exceptional school seeking to prepare students for life and further education.

At Sandy Spring Friends School, knowing why we learn, and how we learn, are just as important as what we learn. Our educational program is grounded in a deep respect for individual students and intellectual rigor. The School's teachers help students internalize a process we call "QRA"—Question, Reflection, Action—which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn. We help students develop their individual sense of purpose as they become caring citizens of the world.

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QRA—our student-centered approach—encourages students to  question  concepts and ideas,  reflect  upon inquiry and experience, and put learning into  action. 

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Spotlight on Our Students

2022 Global Seal of Biliteracy Recipients

In celebration of passion and promise in language study, the Global Languages Department is proud to celebrate 15 outstanding SSFS language learners whose AP French Language & Culture and AP Spanish Language & Culture exam results qualify them for Global Seal of Biliteracy certification.

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Barbie Bungee: Will She Survive?

Each year, our Algebra I students put their math and engineering skills to the test to create an exclusive bungee jumping company that has one VIP clienta Barbie. 

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Seven Characteristics of a SSFS Progressive Education

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