Sandy Spring Friends School



Student Support

There are so many wonderful aspects of our program, but perhaps the best is our ability to provide individual attention to every student. As a small boarding school, we ensure that each student will experience a supportive and welcoming atmosphere. We emphasize respect, consideration, and responsibility, because developing strengths in those areas means that our students are well-prepared for the independence of college and adjustments to life on their own.
Students in College Counseling Suite


Mentorship Program

Through our proven mentorship program, our boarding students get focused, individual attention that empowers them to achieve success academically, and in other areas of life.  Boarding students are paired with a mentor from our staff who oversees their academic, community, social, and behavioral well-being at SSFS. Mentors serve as a liaison with their student’s support team, including parents, teachers, and academic advisor, resulting in effective communication, academic success, and greater support.

Academic support (FLEX, tutors, testing)

The boarding program is able to assist students needing a variety of academic supports. Mentors and dorm counselors collaborate with the necessary faculty and staff to create the most comprehensive academic plan possible for students.  These supports could include tutors for specific subjects, educational testing, and participation in our FLEX program, a program that incorporates a coaching model in an after-school and evening schedule that is adaptable to the age and needs of each student.

Health center/on-call nurses

In the case of an illness, the Health Center is open to students from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. A registered nurse is on call at all other times, including weekends. Montgomery General Hospital is located near the campus for emergencies. The Health Center can also be staffed during the evening and overnight hours and on weekends when medically necessary for a boarding student.

Student Support - Academics


Along with Mentors, clinical therapeutic support with our two Upper School Counselors, one who lives on campus, are available to support the emotional and social well being of our boarding students. Students can make appointments as needed or meet regularly to address specific concerns.  The two Upper School Counselors can also work with groups of boarding students about many social and personal concerns, such as privacy, conflict mediation, homesickness, and cultural adjustments.