Sandy Spring Friends School



Application Process: Grades 9-12 (U.S. Boarding Students)

2021-2022 Application Update

We are still accepting applications for Grades 9-12 (boarding students) for the 2021-2022 school year. We are no longer accepting applications for grades 3-12 (day students). 
  •  Our online application for the 2022-2023 school year will be available September 2021.
  • Please contact the Admissions Office with any questions. Or inquire to begin the process for the 2022-2023 school year.

Application Timeline

september 2020  

Online Application is Available

Jan 15, 2021  

Application Deadline

MAR 5, 2021  

Notification Deadline For SSFS


Rolling Admissions

Applications submitted after the application deadline are considered on a space-available basis. 

STEP 1: Submit Inquiry

Please begin the application process by completing an online inquiry form to set up an account in the Admission Portal. Upon submission, you will receive an email confirmation with instructions on how to confirm your SSFS Admission Portal account and begin your application. 

Submit an Inquiry

STEP 2: Start Your Application

In order to start your online application process, you must first submit an inquiry (see above) to obtain your login and password to the Admission Portal. Once you have  received an email with your login/password and application instructions, you may log in and begin the application process through the Admission Portal. Logging into the Application Portal will provide you with the following:

  • checklist of application requirements
  • Electronic forms needed for the application process, including:
    • Math teacher recommendation form
    • English teacher recommendation form
    • Current school records request form
    • If applicable: Neuro-Psych (Behavioral Reports), 504 Plan, IEP,  standardized  testing reports
  • Event calendar to schedule interviews and virtual visits (see Step 3)
  • The ability to track the status of your application
STEP 3: Schedule a School Visit and Interview

While Sandy Spring Friends School is currently in virtual learning mode due to the Coronavirus, applicants will be invited to attend a one-hour virtual visit. This student virtual visit includes

  • attending an academic class,
  • speaking with student ambassadors, and
  • interviewing with a member of the Upper School administration.

The required parent interview may be scheduled during the same time period, or a different time. Both the virtual visit and the required parent interview can be scheduled using the event calendar on the Admission Portal. If you have questions, please contact Shamika Murray at

STEP 4: Testing

Normally, applicants for grades 6-12 are required to take the SSAT. However, due to COVID-19 restrictions, SSAT testing will not be required for the 2021-2022 application

STEP 5: Track Application Status

Please log in to your SSFS Admission Portal regularly to ensure that your forms have been received and your application file is complete. Families whose applications are completed by the deadline (January 15) will be notified about acceptance on March 1, 2021. Applications are accepted year-round on a space-available basis.

Additional Step: Financial Aid

Our financial aid program* and our various payment options strive to help make attending Sandy Spring Friends School a reality for as many families as possible. We offer need-based financial aid grants to offset the cost of tuition. Families seeking financial assistance are encouraged to apply for financial assistance as soon as they have completed the admission application.

Financial Aid Info



We are here to help! If you have any questions before beginning the application process, please contact our Admissions Team at or call 301-774-7455.

Call Us!  301-774-7455 EXT. 101

Thank You for Your Interest in SSFS!

SSFS continues to accept applications for the 2020-2021 school year on a space-available basis in select grades. We encourage you to contact the Admissions Office to discuss a personalized admission process for you and your child.

Our online application for the 2021-2022 school year is now available. Please note that we have modified our admission process for the coming year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will conduct most on-campus requirements virtually. Please feel free to contact the Admissions Office if you have any questions.

Shamika Murray

Shamika Murray
Director of Middle School and Boarding Admissions
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Dawn Griffith
Director of Financial Aid & Enrollment Development
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Megan Conway

Megan Conway
Receptionist, Administrative Assistant to Admissions
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