Sandy Spring Friends School



Ninth Grade Program

9th Grade Students

Sandy Spring Friends School offers a rich transitional experience for ninth grade students linking the middle school years with the more intensive demands of the upper school program. 

At Sandy Spring Friends School, we help students to successfully transition from middle school to upper school, by offering a ninth grade program that is sensitive to the particular intellectual, social and emotional needs of 13 to 14-year olds as they enter late adolescence.

9th Grade Program Location

Most of the ninth grade classrooms are located in Hartshorne (see school map). This central location allows the students to maintain closer contact with their teachers, their peers, and their books and supplies. Other classes are held in the Upper School building.


The academic program allows for integration across the four basic subject areas of English, history, science, and mathematics.

Experiential Components

As an experience-based progressive school, our ninth grade program offers a number of experiential components

SSFS 9th Grade Camping Trip, 9th Grade Summer Bridge Program

Ninth Grade Camping Trip

To help build community, and prepare students for the school year, our ninth graders participate in a camping trip. This required four-day trip occurs in late August and includes hiking, canoeing and whole group activities at Catoctin Quaker Camp. There is no additional fee for this trip.