Sandy Spring Friends School



Student Support

Our small boarding school stands out for its individualized attention to every student, creating a supportive and welcoming environment that values respect, consideration, and responsibility. These principles are not just academic—they're life skills that prepare students for college independence and adulthood.

Dorm Life and Building Connections

Central to our supportive ethos are our dorm parents, affiliates, and Administrators on Duty (AoDs)—SSFS employees who don't just work on campus but live here, becoming deeply integrated into our students' lives. Living in the dorms, they nurture a positive atmosphere and foster strong, meaningful connections. Their role is crucial in supervising evening and weekend activities, maintaining a vibrant and secure community.

Academic Growth and Support

Our program's academic support system is tailored to meet diverse needs, featuring a structured study hall led by specialists from various disciplines. Dorm parents and affiliates work closely with students to maintain their academic progress, while grade advisors offer targeted advice, making our environment conducive to learning and personal achievement.

Integrated Health and Wellness

Physical, mental, and emotional well-being are foundational to our campus life. The Health Center, operational during weekdays and supported by a 24/7 on-call nurse, along with certified medication technicians (CMTs) among our residential staff, ensures comprehensive healthcare is always available. For emergencies, Montgomery General Hospital is just a short distance away. Our approach to emotional and social well-being is equally holistic, with dedicated counselors, including one who lives on campus, providing spaces for personal growth and exploration. Through both individual and group sessions, students can navigate challenges like privacy, conflict, homesickness, and cultural integration in a nurturing environment.

A Cohesive Support System

By weaving together strong residential support, tailored academic assistance, and an integrated approach to health and well-being, we create a unique environment where every student can thrive both academically and personally. Our boarding school is more than a place to learn—it's a community where students prepare for life's next steps in a caring, comprehensive manner.