How to Apply for U.S. Students

  • 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, and other documents. Questions? Contact  

  • STEP 2: Review Testing Requirements

Applicants should take the SSAT or ISEE (PSAT may also be used). Please request that your scores be sent to SSFS. SSAT school code: 7090. ISEE school code: 210937

  • STEP 3: Request an Interview

All applicants are required to complete an interview. Applicants unable to visit the campus may conduct their interview via Skype. Submit the interview request form and Bill Mena or Tobi Goss will contact you to set up a date and time for your interview.

We understand applicants may find it impractical to visit our campus personally, and we would like to provide reassurance that this will not affect your application. Applicants who are able to visit personally are encouraged to have an overnight stay as part of their optional Shadow Visit.

Additional Steps

Applying for 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.


Sandy Spring Friends School has two boarding options - dormitory or homestay. While considering the boarding preference applicants indicated during the admission process, the school will place students based on their developmental needs and space availability. We inform families of their placement in May. Download our Housing Guide for more information about living on campus.