Fast Facts

Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, college preparatory Quaker school serving students from age three 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 - an ideal setting for intellectual contemplation, athletic training, diverse extracurricular pursuits, outdoor exploration, urban excursion, and personal growth.

Enrollment for the academic year 2017-18 is 603 students total in all three divisions: Lower School (153 students, PreK-3 through Grade 5); Middle School (137 students, Grades 6 - 8); and Upper School (313 students, Grades 9 -12).

In the Lower School, Sandy Spring Friends School added a program for three-year-olds in 2016. In the Upper School, we have over 100 students enrolled in the Boarding Program. Twenty-one countries are represented in our International Student Program.

Sandy Spring Friends School is approved by the Maryland State Department of Education and is accredited by the Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS). SSFS is also a member of the following associations and organizations:

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS)
Friends Council on Education (FCE)
TABS (The Association of Boarding Schools)
CASE (Council for Advancement and Support of Education)
Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB)
Education Records Bureau (ERB)
The College Board
National Association of College Admissions Counselors
Black Student Fund
Potomac and Chesapeake Association of College Admissions Counselors (PCACAC)

AIMS MD-DC Accredited

Address: 16923 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Phone: (301) 774-7455
General Fax: (301) 924-1115
Head of School: Thomas R. Gibian