Sandy Spring Friends School

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Sandy Spring Friends School

Sandy Spring Friends School

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location type grades students int’l. s-f ratio class SSAT SAT-avg TOEFL
Sandy Spring, MD co-ed 9-12 685 7% 8:1 15 Yes 1260 70

Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, college preparatory Quaker school serving students from Pre-K through 12th Grade, with an optional boarding program in the Upper School. Founded in 1961, SSFS offers a deep and rigorous academic curriculum, character education rooted in universal Quaker principles, and a diverse and international student body that reflects today’s global community. SSFS sits on a pastoral 140-acre campus in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland, midway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore.

Sandy Spring Friends School prepares its students for college, to enjoy learning throughout life, and to become useful, constructive, and caring citizens of the world. Our mission is most clearly stated in our motto, words taken from George Fox, the founder of the Society of Friends: “Let Your Lives Speak.”


The International Student Program (ISP) at Sandy Spring Friends School offers an academically rigorous and enriching Friends educational environment in which international students from diverse national backgrounds can develop English language skills, acculturate to academic life in America, and grow into responsible and caring citizens of the world.

 Special Highlights

Cross-Cultural Program. The cross-cultural program gives international students a fully rounded experience of American life and culture and provides them with opportunities to share their culture with Americans in the School community. In addition to studying American culture, all international students are given opportunities to experience American culture through participation in various activities.

Community Play. The Community Play is recognized as a signature extracurricular program; it delivers a quality theatre experience that is both entertaining and educational for both participants and audience. A wide range of plays and musicals are selected from year to year based on their educational value and relevance to the school’s mission statement, Quaker values, and curriculum.

 Top colleges attended by students

American University, Dickinson College, Stanford University, UC Berkeley, Georgetown University

 What the school looks for in students…

“We look for well-rounded and engaged learners. Our students participate a lot inside and outside the classroom.”