Thank you for considering the boarding program at Sandy Spring Friends School! I hope that you will take some time to explore - both online and in person - all that the SSFS boarding program has to offer.
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. At SSFS, although we provide safety and support both in the dorm and in the classroom, we also try very hard to provide opportunities for our boarders to make their own choices when they can. They also learn how to live flexibly with each other, help each other, and respect each other.
Other benefits of boarding life at SSFS include friendships for a lifetime with students from several states and countries; the “extra” time enjoyed by avoiding a potentially lengthy commute to and from school; meals in a family setting several nights per week; inclusion in the social activities of a small “family group,” each one headed by an adult member of our boarding community; planned weekend activities and trips that can be as short as an hour or as along as an entire weekend; and so much more.
Even as we create an atmosphere that encourages personal responsibility and self-advocacy, we still know that everyone needs support and security in all forms. Here at Sandy Spring Friends School, we provide an atmosphere that boarders enjoy, while their parents feel confident about our values.