Sandy Spring Friends School



Our Arts Program

Community Play
MS Visual Arts
Upper School Musical

From the first days of preschool to our 12th grade graduation ceremony, the arts are a vital and integral part of our students' academic experience.

The Sandy Spring Friends School Arts Department seeks to expose each student to many artistic disciplines. Through a sequential and cumulative curriculum, students are encouraged to develop a lifelong relationship with artistic expression.

Our Arts Program provides study of many art forms for the historical and cultural contributions of their canons, for their relationship to society, and for their importance to an individual's spiritual and intellectual growth. With clearly defined content and learning objectives, our arts curriculum can enable students to examine both visual and performing arts as integral parts of daily life, creating a common language with which students communicate and interpret the world.

Students enhance their knowledge, skills, creative expression, and personal values through multi-sensory experiences. By actively involving the students as observers, listeners, organizers, creators, and evaluators, the arts curriculum gives students the opportunity to become capable crafts-persons, able to express themselves and their views within their areas of artistic interest. Our goal is to provide a technical framework, opening the door for the artistic process.

Photo from the 2019 Community Play, an Integral part of the SSFS Private School Arts Program

Scene from the 2020 Community Play, "Matilda." Each year, the Community Play brings all divisions, parents,faculty, staff, and other community members together to perform.

At A Glance



Upper School Arts classes, including modern dance, ceramics, weaving, and fine art.



Middle School Arts Nights, highlighting all artistic forms including fine arts, music, movement, and more.



Lower School Performances featuring performances from Preschool-5th grade.



Performing Arts events across all three divisions.