Let Your Lives Speak at Sandy Spring Friends School.
Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS) is a progressive, coed, college preparatory, Quaker private school for students age 3 through Grade 12. Our pastoral 140-acre campus is in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland, midway between Washington, DC, and Baltimore.
Our motto, "Let Your Lives Speak." expresses our philosophy of educating all aspects of a person so that their life—in all of its facets—can reveal the unique strengths within.
Hear From Our Students
Our School is known for our:
- welcoming, inquiry-based learning community
- challenging academic curriculum
- arts program and inclusive athletics
- service opportunities, local and abroad
- dynamic teachers, who serve as partners in the learning process
- Quaker values, known as Quaker “SPICES”: Simplicity, Peace, Integrity, Community, Equality, Stewardship of the Earth
SSFS students are engaged in the learning process; enjoy the integration of academics, arts, and athletics; and seek to become constructive, caring and effective citizens of the world.
SSFS at a Glance
Preschool (Age 3) to 12th Grade Students
Average Class Size
Performing Arts Events
Across all divisions.
Interscholastic Sports Teams
in the Middle and Upper School.
From Across the Globe.
Hands-on Learning Activities
Throughout the year at our two gardens, community farm, and pond.
Aftercare ends at 6:30 pm
Locations in Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties and in Washington, D.C.
Conveniently located off the ICC (exit 13).
Underlying all that we do is a commitment to the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, respect, peaceful resolution of conflict, and community involvement.
Teachers as Mentors
Our teachers develop a strong connection with each student, allowing for frequent communication and trust-building that cultivates confidence, growth, and a lifelong love of learning.
At SSFS, we help students internalize a process we call “QRA”--Question, Reflection, Action--which ensures that they think critically, integrate new knowledge, and apply what they learn.
Service projects are approached through developing connections between the students and the recipients of their efforts.