Upper School Athletics

Athletics and Physical Education are integral parts of the Upper School curriculum at SSFS. Both
experienced competitors and new athletes alike are challenged while filling our sport and Physical
Education requirement. We strive for competitive success in a broad variety of interscholastic sports
as established league members (Men: Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC); and Women:
Independent School League (ISL)).

Varsity programs are selected based on skill and commitment. Junior Varsity teams are established when participation numbers and overall skill, commitment, and experience exist. Intramural offerings and Physical Education classes are options for those students looking to stay active in a variety of sports, and develop lifetime health and fitness goals.

The Sandy Spring Friends School Athletic Department always keeps in mind the abiding reason why
sports are in schools: sports are educational and create balance for an individual. With the athletic
experience, student-athletes develop skills that complement the classroom experience. They learn
how to set long-term goals and be dedicated to them, learn how to problem solve in the midst of
pressure-filled situations, and learn to recognize the importance of honest effort, competition,
contribution, and sportsmanship. The habits established through athletic competition; resilience,
stamina, and perseverance, can last a lifetime.

Each Upper School student in Grades 9 and 10 is required to complete two units of physical activity
per year. Each Upper School student in Grades 11 and 12 is required to complete one unit of
physical activity per year. This requirement can be met through participation on an interscholastic
sports team, an intramural team, off-campus sport participation, or by taking a Physical Education
course offered during the school day and/or after school.


  • Baseball - Men's Varsity (JV team as needed)
  • Basketball - Men's and Women's Varsity (JV teams as needed)
  • Cross Country – Men’s and Women’s Varsity
  • Golf - Men's and Women's Coed Club
  • Ice Hockey (Blake Bengals Club) - Varsity
  • Lacrosse - Men's and Women's Varsity (JV teams as needed)
  • Soccer - Men's and Women's Varsity (JV teams as needed)
  • Tennis - Men's and Women's Coed Club
  • Track and Field – Men’s and Women’s Varsity
  • Volleyball - Women's Varsity (JV team as needed)
  • Wrestling - Varsity
PVAC Schools

Our Men's athletic teams compete in the PVAC (Potomac Valley Athletic Conference). The member schools are:

  • Edmund Burke School
  • The Field School
  • Grace Brethren Christian Academy
  • (The Melvin J. Berman) Hebrew Academy
  • (The Charles E. Smith) Jewish Day School
  • McLean School
  • Model Secondary School for the Deaf
  • St. Anselm's Abbey School
  • Washington Christian Academy
  • Washington International School
  • Washington Waldorf School
ISL Schools

Our Women's athletic teams compete in the ISL (Independent School League). The member schools are:

  • Bullis School
  • (Connelly School of the) Holy Child
  • Episcopal High School
  • Flint Hill School
  • Georgetown Day School
  • Georgetown Visitation Prep School
  • The Holton-Arms School
  • Madeira School
  • Maret School
  • National Cathderal School
  • The Potomac School
  • St. Andrew's Episcopal School
  • Sidwell Friends School
  • St. Stephen's and St. Agnes
  • Stone Ridge School (of the Sacred Heart)