Sandy Spring Friends School

 

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The Light the Way Campaign aim is to raise the funds that will set SSFS on the strongest possible foundation; to that end, the primary goal of Light the Way is to make possible the construction of a new Upper School building. In addition to this vital tangible result, Light the Way will help us strengthen our endowment through planned giving and reinforce a culture of philanthropy that celebrates the central nature of stewardship—of our students, our school, and our community—to SSFS’s Quaker mission.

Why Light The Way: A Message From Our Head of School, Tom Gibian

Sandy Spring Friends School’s mission—its reason for being—is to graduate students who will “Let Their Lives Speak” in the world. For nearly sixty years, SSFS has remained true to its purpose. And today, there is a little bit of our school—shaped by the advocates, educators, investors, thinkers, artists, dreamers, consensus builders, and leaders educated here—in nearly every corner of the globe.

Now, SSFS stands at a crossroads. Our student body—77 at the School’s founding, over 600 today—has increased enormously. We are in the best possible position to ask the most important question of all: What next? What must Sandy Spring Friends School do today to launch another six decades years of alumni into the world ready, eager, and excited to make a difference? What can we do now to ensure that our school will remain a place of continuing revelation, enthusiastic curiosity, and shared silence far into the future?

Some things we know we need. A new Upper School that honors the spirit of Moore Hall while serving as a flexible, welcoming space for the generations of students and teachers to come. A strong endowment, which will continue to fund our school—and keep it safe from the vagaries of tuition dependence—in perpetuity. A deep and abiding culture of philanthropy that honors the many ways in which we all support this community and encourages the shared experience of making philanthropic gifts.

The Light the Way Campaign addresses those needs. Its aim is to raise the funds that will set SSFS on the strongest possible foundation; to that end, the primary goal of Light the Way is to make possible the construction of a new Upper School building. In addition to this vital tangible result, Light the Way will help us strengthen our endowment through planned giving and reinforce a culture of philanthropy that celebrates the central nature of stewardship—of our students, our school, and our community—to SSFS’s Quaker mission.

We all have a role to play in making Light the Way a success. SSFS needs our leadership, talents, and enthusiasm—and our financial investment, too. For Sandy Spring Friends School to be the very best version of itself, we must model in our community the leadership and dedication we expect our alumni to display in the world.

My wife Tina—SSFS Class of 1980—and I are committed to Light the Way. Please join us. Together, we can ensure that Sandy Spring Friends School will continue to challenge, inspire, and encourage future students, teachers, and friends for many, many years to come.

 

Tom Gibian
Head of School

The New Upper School Building

Tour the new Upper School building by watching a video of the 3D model, or watch the live feed of the Upper School construction site.

Construction Cam 

The new Upper School Building is "net-zero ready," and the first in the Montgomery County region to be constructed following the new International Green Construction Code (IgCC). Find out more about the IgCC standards here

Construction Updates

Construction is buzzing now on the new Upper School site. Below is a brief summary of the work that has been completed, as well as what we should expect to see in the coming weeks and months. Click HERE to see live feed of construction in progress!

February

  • Soil preparation. Due to the amount of moisture in the soil, concrete dust was mixed in to assist with drying out the soil and creating a stable base for installation of concrete footers. 

March

  • Installation of footers and foundation infrastructure to include below slab plumbing, electrical, and drainage. 
  • Drill for geo-thermal wells. (The total number of wells needed for the Upper School is 35.)
  • Installation of CMU (concrete masonry unit) foundation walls.

April

  • Continue work on CMU (concrete masonry unit) , foundation infrastructure, and geo-thermal wells.
  • Pour slab.
  • Begin to erect structural steel, install decking, and prep/place second level slab.

Click HERE to see live feed of construction in progress!

May

  • Complete installation of 35 geo-thermal wells
  • Continue erection of steel structure
New Upper School Building - May Update

 

June

  • Complete erection of steel structure and decking
  • Installing infrastructure to support utilities between floors
  • Finalize main floor MEP (Mechanical, Electric, Plumbing) infrastructure 
New Upper School Building - June Construction Update

 

Together We Can Reach Our Goal

Funding Goal: $12 Million
Current Amount: $10 Million

We are currently focusing on moving the needle with Leadership Level funding. Questions about the campaign? Contact Lauren Mossman, Director of Advancement.