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  1. Academics
    A
  2. Diversity
    A+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A
  6. Sports
    B
Address
16923 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Telephone
(301) 774-7455
Website
Organization Memberships
NAIS, TABS

Applying

Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
Application Fee
$75
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
SSAT, ISEE, TOEFL

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$32,300
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$59,500
Received Financial Aid
42%
Average Financial Aid
$15,000
From Sandy Spring Friends School

Sandy Spring Friends School is a college prep Quaker school for students age 3 through Grade 12. Our pastoral 140-acre campus is located midway between Washington, DC, and Baltimore. We welcome students from around the world and provide 5- and 7-day residential options.

Our curriculum integrates academics, the arts, athletics, and community service in a supportive, friendly, and diverse environment.

Our students love the feeling of being part of a community along with the abundance of opportunities to get involved. We offer something for everyone.

Sandy Spring Friends School Rankings

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1290
53 responses
Average ACT
27
22 responses

Culture & Safety

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What are your favorite school events or traditions?
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  • Community Day
    24%
  • Sophomore Olympics
    24%
  • Earth Day
    12%
  • Intersession
    12%
  • Gradulation
    6%
  • Holiday Assembly
    6%
  • Pep rallies
    6%

Students

Diversity
A+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
603
80%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.5 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.5 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
8:1
National
17:1
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.6 responses
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.6 responses
Poll
83%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.6 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A
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Girls Athletic Participation
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Sandy Spring Friends School Reviews

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Sandy Spring Friends School has an amazing community both in and out of the classroom. SSFS provides amazing opportunities, such as intersession, in which the entire upper school is provided the chance to travel in small groups internationally or domestically. Each grade from 4-9th grade leaves the classroom and partakes in a camping trip of varying lengths in order to allow the grade to become closer and allow students to create a better bond with not only their peers but the teachers as well. The class room environment is also incredibly friendly, and students call their teachers by their first name in order to follow the Quaker principe of equality. Very few classes exceed 15 people, meaning that the teacher can focus individual attention on a student in order to help them succeed. SSFS provides social and academic opportunities that focuses not only on teaching students facts to, but to make them better people and teach students how to let their lives speak.
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Overall, I really enjoyed my time at SSFS and I enjoyed nearly every part of it. A school that preaches the idea of community, there are plenty of events that includes all three divisions. There is also the Community Play, one of the many extravagant things that the arts department pulls off is a production in which all three divisions can audition or, work behind the scenes for. Everyone is welcome regardless of talent. Being a Quaker school that is fairly progressive, no one is afraid to speak their mind during Meeting For Worship, a time where we sit in silence until something speaks their mind. The school isn't too diverse but there are affinity groups. Academics, arts, and athletics are all really good but I believe that the administration and student government needs some tinkering.
Sandy Spring Friends School was the second Quaker school I attended, after having gone to Sidwell Friends School for elementary and middle schools. The difference was night and day. The open, rural campus encouraged me to pursue service opportunities and engage in environmental stewardship, as well as preparing me for the complexity of college campuses. The focus on serving the community, both local and global, resonates in graduates. It was during my time boarding on campus that I became acclimated to communal living and adjusting to the various cultures and backgrounds of my fellow dorm students, which gave me a huge advantage in being prepared for the challenges normally associated with living at college. I thoroughly enjoyed my experience and after hearing the testimony of my college friends who attended public school, I wish more people had the opportunity to experience such a unique setting during the formative years their lives.