At Sandy Spring Friends School, our motto is "Let Your Lives Speak." This motto expresses our philosophy of educating all aspects of a person so that their life—in all of its facets—can reveal the unique strengths within.
As a Quaker School, underlying all that we do is a commitment to the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, respect, peaceful resolution of conflict, and community involvement. Our values-based education, paired with our strong academic program, allows our students to take what they learn and apply it in useful and meaningful ways.
Sandy Spring Friends School is known for our:
Teachers as Mentors
Our teachers develop strong connections with students, allowing for frequent communication and trust-building that cultivates confidence, growth, and a lifelong love of learning.
At SSFS, we help students internalize a process we call “QRA”--Question, Reflection, Action--which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn.
We believe that learning is significantly enriched by experience-based projects and programs. They help develop capable, responsible, and globally-aware students who can apply their learning in useful, practical, and meaningful ways.
Our diverse, collaborative, nonhierarchical community is strengthened by all-school and cross-divisional activities, an engaged alumni body, community service activities, and an emphasis on affirming & empowering the individual and examining all points of view.
SSFS students are engaged in the learning process; enjoy the integration of academics, arts, and athletics; and seek to become constructive, caring, and effective citizens of the world.
Experience-based signature trips offered
Performing Arts events across all divisions
Interscholastic sports teams in the Middle and Upper School
Of graduates matriculate to college