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.

SSFS Middle School
SSFS Lower School
SSFS Upper School

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


Student-Teacher Ratio


Average Class Size


Performing Arts Events

Across all divisions.


Interscholastic Sports Teams

in the Middle and Upper School.


Boarding Students

From Across the Globe.

Hands-on Learning Activities

Throughout the year at our two gardens, community farm, and pond.

Aftercare Available

Aftercare ends at 6:30 pm

Bus Pick-up
& Drop-off

Locations in Howard, Montgomery, and Prince George’s Counties and in Washington, D.C.

Conveniently located off the ICC (exit 13).

Values-based Education:

Quaker Values

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.

Inquiry-based 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.

Community Service

Service projects are approached through developing connections between the students and the recipients of their efforts.

140+ Acre Campus Near Washington D.C.


More About Sandy Spring Friends School

Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS)—a private independent school in Montgomery County—is located close to a number of communities including Silver Spring, Olney, Gaithersburg, Rockville, Columbia, and Laurel.   We are conveniently located off the ICC (Exit 13).

  • Our Lower (Elementary) School begins in Preschool (Age 3) and continues to 5th grade.
  • Our Middle School begins in 6th grade and continues until 8th grade. We have an international home-stay program within our Middle School.
  • Our Upper (High) School starts in 9th grade with a capstone program, and continues until 12th grade. We have a robust boarding program with 5-day and 7-day options.