Sandy Spring Friends School

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16501 Norwood Road
Ashton-Sandy Spring, Maryland 20860

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Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS) is a progressive, coed, college preparatory Quaker school serving students from preschool (age 3) through 12th grade, with optional 5- and 7-day boarding programs in the upper school. Founded in 1961, SSFS offers a deep and rigorous academic curriculum, character education rooted in universal Quaker values, and a diverse and international student body. The campus is located on 144 acres in the historic Sandy Spring area of Montgomery County, MD—an ideal setting for intellectual contemplation, athletic training, artistic pursuits, outdoor exploration, urban excursion, and personal growth. Our school’s culture—rooted in the idea that collaboration engenders achievement—can be traced to our Quaker heritage and abiding belief in the Quaker values of simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and peaceful resolution of conflict. Our teachers are lifelong mentors and strive to identify and cultivate each student’s intellectual, extracurricular, and social passions. Sandy Spring Friends School students are taught to act upon what they learn. This call to action propels their accomplishments as graduates, in college, and beyond.

Grades: Preschool (Age 3) – 12th Grade
Gender: Co-ed
Total number of students: 600
Average class size: 16
Student/teacher ratio: 8:1
Religious affiliation: Quaker
Grade foreign language first offered: Preschool (Age 4)
Languages offered: 2
Lowest tuition for 5-day students: $18,700
Annual tuition for grade 12: $35,250
Students receiving financial aid: 40%
Uniform: No
Bus transportation: Yes
Number of AP courses offered: 15
Varsity sports: Soccer (girls & boys), volleyball (girls), cross-country (girls & boys), basketball (girls & boys), track and field (girls & boys), lacrosse (girls & boys), baseball (boys), softball (girls), golf (co-ed)
Interscholastic sports (middle): Soccer (girls & boys), volleyball (girls), cross-country (girls & boys), basketball (girls & boys), track and field (girls & boys), lacrosse (girls & boys), baseball (boys), softball (girls)
Number of art studios: 2
Theater productions per year: 4
Music ensembles: 4
Accreditations/Affiliations: NAIS, AIMS, Friends Council on Education (FCE), TABS, CASE, SSATB, ERB, The College Board, National Association of College Admissions Counselors, Black Student Fund, Potomac and Chesapeake Association of College Admissions Counselors (PCACAC)
Founded: 1961