Philosophy & Mission Statement

Students on Community Day

The Religious Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, cherishes the worth and dignity of each individual because we believe that there is that of God in every person. This basic belief inspires Sandy Spring Friends School to value the unique gifts of our students, faculty, and staff while also expecting each person to become a contributing and cooperative member of the community. Believing that personal and academic growth flourish in a setting which nurtures trust and respect, we expect all members of the school community to act with integrity and responsibility in every aspect of their lives. We are convinced that all features of school life should be strongly influenced by the practices and testimonies of the Society of Friends. We stress the Quaker values of service, simplicity, equality, honesty, stewardship of the environment, and the peaceful resolution of conflict, as part of our continual search for Truth.

Sandy Spring Friends School develops the trained mind, the skilled hand, and the healthy body within a nurturing community centered in the Life of the Spirit. We provide a challenging academic program combined with stimulating opportunities in the arts, athletics, and community service. Believing Quaker Meeting for Worship to be central to its life and vitality, the School creates opportunities for silent worship, reflection, and the sharing of insights.

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."

--Approved by the Board of Trustees

Mission Statement

Sandy Spring Friends School provides a welcoming and nurturing learning community with Friends testimonies and Meeting for Worship central to its life and vitality. A challenging academic curriculum, enriched arts program, inclusive athletics, and service opportunities promote intellectual excellence and strength of character. Recognizing the unique worth of each person, the School strives to develop individual talents and foster caring and effective citizens of the world.