About Our Boarding Program
A life-changing experience
Sandy Spring Friends School offers 5-day and 7-day boarding options for U.S. students and international students.
Families choose SSFS because they are looking for a learning environment that provides the right amount of academic challenge and structure while promoting positive values. Based on Quaker principles, our educational philosophy nurtures the whole student, preparing them for success in college and life beyond.
Each year we welcome students from all over the world. Our international students make up 27% of the Upper School student body and come from a variety of countries such as China, Italy, South Korea, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Russia, Thailand, Spain, Ghana, Vietnam, Nigeria, Canada, Afghanistan, Equatorial Guinea, Bhutan, Republic of Congo, Japan, Belgium, Mexico, El Salvador, Serbia, Gabon, Iran, Jamaica, and India.
Feels like home
Our private boarding school offers 5-day and 7-day on-campus dormitory living as well as a high-quality, closely monitored host family program. Both living arrangements provide a safe, supportive, and welcoming environment that provides security while encouraging personal responsibility and self-advocacy. Regardless of where a student lives, they remain an important part of the culture and community at Sandy Spring.
The benefits of living at SSFS include:
- Uninterrupted academic, social, and emotional support
- Skills needed to prepare for college or university
- Independence and self-confidence
- Friendships and memories that will last a lifetime
- Time management and leadership skills
- Weekend activities including trips to nearby major cities
- A safe, peaceful setting that promotes learning and community service
Different languages spoken in our dorm.
countries represented in the SSFS Upper School community.
Miles away from Washington D.C.
Weekend trips for our seven-day boarders that focus on community and global service.