Tuition & Value
Education is an investment. At Sandy Spring Friends School, the returns are clear: we equip and empower our students to let their lives speak.
Our annual tuition is not based on what other independent schools charge, or on the notion of “what the market can bear.” We base our cost on what it takes for Sandy Spring Friends School to deliver on our promise of a top-quality Friends education.
Why is our tuition what it is?
Student-Teacher RatioFostering supportive and trusting relationships between students and teachers, who are leading and learning together
SizeEach employing a dynamic, rigorous curriculum centered on real world questions
Teaching faculty with advanced degrees And 100% of our faculty are supported with continuing education and professional mentoring to remain at the top of their craft
Campus Including an instructional organic farm, 2 gardens, 6 miles of cross-country trails, 3 athletic fields, and a swimming pond, all available for experience-based projects and programs
Miles from Washington D.C.Providing ample academic and civic engagement opportunities
WELL Gold Certified Building The first high school in the nation to boast a WELL Building Certification Gold Status facility, for our gleaming Upper School Pen y Bryn Building dedicated in 2022
Months spent on a Senior Passion Project by selected studentsThe Senior Passion Project is a custom-designed project grounded in experiential and project-based learning which allows the senior to sample a potential career, serve the community, or explore a deep personal interest that culminates in a formal and reflective presentation
Student Clubs & Committees Evidence of the rich, co-curricular experiences available outside the classroom
Student Affinity Groups Affinity groups help create a place of belonging by providing students a space for affirmation, emotional comfort, and community
SPICES Every aspect of our program is steeped in these guiding values: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, Stewardship; they are intentionally developed in students to empower them to create positive change in the world
Top-quality, four-year colleges and universities our students have matriculated to in the last 4 yearsEach of these placements is the result of the highly-personalized and expert guidance of our College Counseling Department—learn more.
Affording a Transformative SSFS Education
At SSFS, our commitment to a supportive, inclusive learning environment guides the approach of our financial aid program. In keeping with the Quaker principles of equality and diversity, the School seeks a student body that represents varied economic backgrounds, and strives to be affordable, culturally competent, and inclusive. Through our need-based financial aid program, we aim to support all families for whom the cost of an SSFS education would be a hardship.
Awarded annually in financial aid
Grade levels eligible for grants applying to tuition, bus transportation, aftercare, and Upper School intersession
Percentage of Student Body That Receives Financial Aid
How do I apply for financial aid?
Submit Admission Application to SSFS
Apply for need-based financial aid through School and Student Services (SSS), which will use an industry-standard formula to determine your family’s estimated need and share that number with the School
Submit required tax documents
Receive Admission and Financial Aid decisions, which are communicated simultaneously through the enrollment contract
Ready to learn more? For all the details on SSFS' need-based financial aid program, including detailed application instructions, visit our financial aid page.
Hear From Our Community
We educate all aspects of a student so that their life—in all of its facets—can reveal the unique strengths within, and they are equipped and empowered to make a difference in the world. Hear from our alumni, faculty, students, and their families about the value of an SSFS education.
What does an SSFS education cost?
Know the numbers! But, also know that our robust financial aid program seeks to make a transformative SSFS education possible for every qualified applicant. Learn more about applying for need-based financial aid.