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

Applying

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

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1300
74 responses
Average ACT
27
27 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
88%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.8 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.8 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Community Day
    19%
  • Intersession
    19%
  • Sophomore Olympics
    16%
  • Holiday Assembly
    13%
  • Earth Day
    6%
  • Gradulation
    6%
  • Pep rallies
    6%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    34%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    5-day, 7-day
    Top Countries
    China, Italy
    International Boarding Students
    27%

    Students

    Diversity
    A+
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    603
    67%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.9 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.9 responses
    78%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.9 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    8:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.10 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.10 responses
    Poll
    90%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.10 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    B-
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.6 responses
    67%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.6 responses
    67%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.6 responses

    Sandy Spring Friends School Reviews

    52 reviews
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    New to SSFS, we were welcomed warmly by staff. Our son was given numerous opportunities to connect with other students and has made many friends. It was magic in the first week of term to see him smile, laugh and grow in confidence as he settled in. The academics are excellent and suddenly the 'not so keen student' is interested in his studies. He really loves history now! The organisation of the school day and year has been done thoughtfully and allows students time to decompress - this is such a blessing. I was impressed that the school guided our son in how to study, how to manage his time, to organise his work. Staff care. More than one teacher gave time after school if extra input was needed. Art (ceramics) was enjoyed for the first time and Farming for Fitness has been amazing. The parent association is active; people are friendly and kind to each other. People do what they can. Choosing SSFS was the best decision we ever made for our son.
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    Academics are good, but the amount that kids with money control the school is ridiculous and people who have more sway because of their money tend to avoid punishment for offenses kids on financial aid would be expelled for. They punish the issues that threaten school liability, not the issues that threaten the community or the safety of the space. Also, for an alternative school, they seem to conform more and more to the traditional ideals of a prep school while letting some aspects of Quakerism fall to the wayside the more time goes on. The presence of international students is a huge opportunity for cultural education, but the way that the classes are organized keep them separate from the rest of the student body pretty much up until senior year. The school counselor has no respect for confidentiality or boundaries. They are very rigid and not accepting about mental health struggles or alternative learning beyond publicity stunts.
    My two children both graduated from Sandy Spring Friends School (SSFS). They started there in the early elementary grades and graduated from there, as well. In the middle, however, there were a few years when we had to be elsewhere. I will not lie . . . SSFS is not perfect. However, it was the perfect place for my children. Both of my children were well-prepared for competitive colleges, and the self-advocacy skills that they honed while SSFS students continue to amaze me. Campus diversity continued to increase during our time there. SSFS currently is building a new Upper School, and it looks like it will be fantastic. I encourage you to at least look at the school if you are in the market for an independent school education for your child.