How to Apply for International Students

  • STEP 1: Apply Online via SAO

The online application takes about 15 minutes to complete. You will be able to pause and resume as necessary. You will be prompted to create a username and password, and this same login will allow you to track the status of your application.

We encourage applications to be submitted in the fall. Applications submitted after January 1 will be considered on a space-available basis.

  • STEP 2: Complete Application Forms

Download, complete and return all required application forms. Please arrange to have your child’s complete school records and the teacher recommendation form(s) sent directly to the Admission Office (Fax: 301.576.8664).

  • STEP 3: Review Testing Requirements

International students are required to submit one of the following exams as part of the application process:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): To register for TOEFL, visit their website at and register online. Our school code is 7529. We recommend a score of 70 or higher.
  • TOEFL Jr. Comprehensive (for students who are 11-15 years old): To register for TOEFL, visit their website at and register online. Our school code is 7529. We recommend a score on the comprehensive exam of:
    250-285 listening
    250-275 language form & meaning
    245-275 reading
  • SSAT (Secondary School Admission Test): Visit their website and register online or call SSAT at (609) 683-4440 to request a Student Registration Guide. The school code number for Sandy Spring Friends School is 7090.
  • STEP 4: 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.

Applicants from Mainland China should complete their interview with Vericant.

Additional Steps, If Accepted

Applying for a Visa

International students attend Sandy Spring Friends School on an F-1 visa. An I-20 will be issued to a student once the student has been accepted by our admissions committee and has signed the enrollment agreement.

Enrollment includes a signed contract and a deposit of 9% of tuition.International students will need to provide this I-20, all acceptance paperwork, and financial evidence that your family can pay the required tuition and fees when interviewing for your visa. The U.S. State Department provides more information about preparing for a visa interview.

We encourage you to contact the U.S. consulate to schedule a visa interview as soon as you are accepted and to make sure you have all necessary information.


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.