Sandy Spring Friends School



Application Process: Preschool-Grade 1

SSFS continues to accept applications for the 2020-2021 school year for all grades on a space-available basis. In light of school closures due to COVID-19, we encourage you to contact the Admissions Office to discuss a personalized admission process for you and your child. Thank you!

Application Timeline

Fall 2019  

Online Application is Available

Jan 15, 2020  

Priority Application Deadline

MAR 2, 2020

Notification Deadline For SSFS


Rolling Admissions

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

STEP 1: Apply Online and Submit Forms Electronically

SSFS is one of the DC-area schools using a web-based application called Ravenna for the submission of online applications. Ravenna allows you to efficiently apply to schools, submit forms electronically, and track the status of your application online.  Families are encouraged to create a Ravenna account, then select the "Washington, DC" area from the dashboard and click on Sandy Spring Friends School. This will give you access to our online application, as well as school record requests, teacher recommendation forms (not required for Preschool Age 3), and other documents. 

STEP 2: Schedule a School Visit And Interview

Applicants in Preschool (Age 3) to 1st Grade must attend a Saturday morning playgroup, as well as have a parent interview with the Director of Admissions, as a part of their interview process.  The parent interview is generally a 30-minute appointment for us to learn more about your child and to answer any questions you may have. 
Once your  application has been submitted, you will be able to schedule both the Saturday playgroup and parent interview through your Ravenna account. Please be aware that Preschool (Age 3) to 1st Grade students will be assessed during their Saturday playgroup visit to Sandy Spring Friends School. 

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

*Financial Aid at SSFS begins in Kindergarten