Sandy Spring Friends School



SSFS Virtual School

Quaker SPICES Signs in front of Scott House

Sandy Spring Friends School is committed to providing families a high-quality educational experience based on a spirit of inquiry, experiential learning, caring teachers as mentors, and  a connected community. Due to the novel Coronavirus, SSFS has moved from an on-campus experience to a virtual one. Nevertheless, the Sandy Spring Friends School community spirit remains strong, active, and engaged. Thanks to our inspiring teachers and Question-Reflection-Action model of education, our students will continue to thrive, find their passions, connect with faculty and peers,  and live up to our School’s motto,  “Let Your Lives Speak.”


Asynchronous & Synchronous Learning

Our online courses offer a blend of synchronous contact and asynchronous study and work. Asynchronous instruction worked best for deep learning, whereas synchronous instruction is essential for maintaining relationships, both teacher-to-student and peer-to-peer .

Asynchronous Virtual Classes

Class interactions happen without real-time interaction. Students engage in class materials and complete work at their own pace, typically within a given time frame, often using discussion boards to drive peer-to-peer engagement.

Synchronous Virtual Classes

Class interactions happen in real time, at the same time.  Through tools like Zoom for synchronous meetings, our teachers provide live instruction, offer opportunities for group work and discussion, and provide additional ways to  build community.

Examples of Asynchronous &  Synchronous Learning

Our Middle School Algebra I class, taught by Heidi Duff, is using the Desmos platform to explore parabolic motion and make predictions.

Lower School PE teacher, Amanda Hill, provides instruction to our students via a video posted on Seesaw.

A preschool student watches our Preschool (Age 3) teacher, Chanelle read a Pete The Cat story on Seesaw.

Using Seesaw, Middle School Arts Teacher Michelle Puhl-Price posts an assignment for her 7/8th Grade Visual Arts class. 

Upper School Global Languages Teacher, Eduardo Polón, talks with his students during his AP Spanish Language & Culture class.

Upper School teacher, Nina Davidson, uses Google Classroom to share out important class information and to schedule office hours.

Student Support During Virtual School

SSFS continues to support students in a Virtual School environment, to ensure not only academic success but also their development of self-awareness, self-advocacy, and independence.

Virtual School in Action

See some of the remarkable stories of  how our community continues to thrive in a Virtual School environment.

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Tips & Resources

"Personally, I find it helpful to get myself into a productive and positive mindset. To do so, I try to follow as much of my usual daily work routine as possible. This includes waking up at the same time as normal, awakening my endorphins with a light morning workout, eating a healthy breakfast, and even dressing as I normally would for a traditional school day."
Eduardo Polón, Upper School Global Languages Department Head

"Make sure you have some beats to relax/study to in the background! (And maybe move the cat occasionally so you can actually use the keyboard.)"
Lindsay Kellogg, Digital Media Arts Teacher

"My tip for Virtual Schooling is to set timers!! Set them for work time and 'brain break' time. Use different timers for different things: the kitchen stove timer to track whole family school time until lunch and phone timers to track individual 'class time.' "
Shannon Needham, Upper School Learning Specialist

Share Your Virtual School Photos

In an effort to support each other and build community during our Virtual School experience, we're asking our families to share tips for success and photos highlighting your moments of fun, joy, and learning.