SSFS Play-based Preschool

Our Preschool Program offers an environment for children to learn through play and exploration.

Preschool Starts at Age 3  • Coed, Progressive Quaker School • Located in the heart of Montgomery County, near the ICC (Exit 13)

At Sandy Spring Friends Preschool (for ages 3 and 4), we offer more than your typical daycare or childcare centers! Our play-based learning is woven into the preschool academic curriculum through fun hands-on activities both in the classroom and outside on our beautiful campus and natural playground. Our exceptional, caring teachers create a welcoming environment for our littlest ones so they can feel safe exploring the world around them while fostering a lifelong love of learning.

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Our beautiful 140+ acre campus in the heart of Montgomery County, MD, provides our preschoolers with benefits unique to our school:

  • Small class sizes in a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment .
  • Play-based learning model that emphasizes academic, social, and emotional growth and prepares our youngest learners for kindergarten and beyond
  • Enrichment classes including physical education, Spanish, and music & movement
  • A place that creates belonging for all members of our diverse community through :
    • Parent and student affinity and alliance groups
    • An active Parents Association, and supportive grade and division parent representatives
    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion  training and education for faculty and staff, and
    • A commitment to civic engagement
  • Conveniences for parents:
    • Before & After Care available
    • Lunch  & Snacks provided
    • Rest time for our youngest learners

At A Glance


Part of Our Lower School Community



Classes Each Week of Spanish 



Student-Teacher Ratio 


Daily Music, Arts, and STEM activities



Of Our Preschool Teaching Faculty Have Advanced Degrees

"There are so many opportunities for our child to learn the skills you need for the world - like how to interact with people, how to solve problems, how to use critical-thinking skills. This can happen organically on the playground or the classroom, and the teachers focus on those things and build opportunities to integrate social and emotional development in all the daily activities."
Kelly R.
SSFS Parent

"Sandy Spring Friends School is a lot of Fun!...I love my friends, I love my teachers, I love the playground, and I love the whole school!"

SSFS Preschool student, Hear From our Students Video Excerpt

A Quaker Education At SSFS

Underlying all that we do is a commitment to the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, respect, peaceful resolution of conflict, and community involvement. A Sandy Spring Friends School education creates confident, resilient students who are open to hearing a diverse range of voices and opinions; who are willing to have their own ideas critiqued and challenged; who are comfortable with both silent reflection and active engagement in the world around them; and who are optimistic about their own ability to affect positive change in the world through peaceful means, dialogue, and concensus-building.


More About Sandy Spring Friends School

Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS)—a private, independent school in Montgomery County—is located close to a number of communities including Silver Spring, Olney, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Columbia, and Laurel. We are conveniently located off the ICC (Exit 13).

  • Our Lower (Elementary) School begins in Preschool (Age 3) and continues to 5th grade.
  • Our Middle School begins in 6th grade and continues until 8th grade. We have an international host family program within our Middle School.
  • Our Upper (High) School starts in 9th grade and continues through 12th grade. We have a robust boarding program with 5-day and 7-day options.