Upper School Athletics

The Sandy Spring Friends School Athletic Department always keeps in mind the abiding reason why sports are in schools: sports are educational and create balance for an individual. With the athletic experience, student-athletes develop skills that complement the classroom experience. They learn how to set long-term goals and be dedicated to them, learn how to problem solve in the midst of pressure-filled situations, and learn to recognize the importance of honest effort, competition, contribution, and sportsmanship. The habits established through athletic competition; resilience, stamina, and perseverance, can last a lifetime.

Upper School Sports Offered

Click on the sport to visit our Teams and Schedules page and select a specific team.


Teams compete in the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference (PVAC).

Potomac Valley Athletic Conference Members

The PVAC member schools are:

  • Edmund Burke School
  • The Field School
  • Grace Brethren Christian Academy
  • (The Melvin J. Berman) Hebrew Academy
  • (The Charles E. Smith) Jewish Day School
  • McLean School
  • Model Secondary School for the Deaf
  • St. Anselm's Abbey School
  • Washington Christian Academy
  • Washington International School
  • Washington Waldorf School

Varsity Sports Teams

Varsity programs are selected based on skill and commitment. Junior Varsity teams are established when participation numbers and overall skill, commitment, and experience exist. Intramural offerings and Physical Education classes are options for those students looking to stay active in a variety of sports, and develop lifetime health and fitness goals.

Rock Climbing

Physical Education in the Upper School

Each Upper School student in Grades 9 and 10 is required to complete two units of physical activity per year. Each Upper School student in Grades 11 and 12 is required to complete one unit of physical activity per year. This requirement can be met through participation on an interscholastic sports team, an intramural team, off-campus sport participation, or by taking a Physical Education course offered during the school day and/or after school.

A Closer Look at the Upper School

Learn about our Upper School Athletics program and the larger Upper School community by reviewing the athletics curriculum and learning about our academic philosophy. Or come visit us in person to see our community in action!