Sandy Spring Friends School

16923 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Tel: 301-774-7455
Gr: (Boarding) 9-12 | 591 students
  • Our School is located in Sandy Spring, Maryland, in Montgomery County, about 17 miles from the White House and 20 miles west of Baltimore.
  • Sandy Spring Friends School is on an amazing 140-acre park-like property which even includes an Aerial Park.
  • We have approximately 590 students in PK3 through 12th grade, and 145 faculty and staff.
  • While most students live in the neighborhood or have a short commute, our Upper School (9th-12th grades) also includes a boarding option (both five-day and seven-day) for about 90 students, including a robust international community.

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Definition of Terms 
2016 School Data
Sandy Spring Friends Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding) 9-12 11-12
Grades Offered (Day) Pre-K-12 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Quaker Non-denominational
Year Founded 1961 1910
Campus Size 140 acres 120 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 591 students 298 students
% Students of Color
54%
20%
% International Students
13%
20%
% Students Boarding
16%
70%
Average SAT Score 1755 * National Avg. »View
Average ACT score 25 *National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad Year No No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes No No
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 15 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:8 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 16 16
ESL Courses Offered Yes Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
46%
70%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$59,500
(additional fees for international students apply)
$51,250
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$32,300
(Tuition reflected is for upper school day students)
$27,800
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$47,550 $37,945
% Students on Financial Aid
35%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $16,250 $21,275
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline None / Rolling Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application Yes No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Acceptance Rate
68%
56%
Director of AdmissionsTony McCudden
Dawn Griffith

Course Listings

List of Courses Offered Link to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 16 16
CoursesAP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French Language and Culture, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP United States History, AP World History

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered 16 14
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Climbing, Cross Country, Dance, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Rock Climbing, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Winter Track, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 25 23
ExtracurricularsAuto Sport Club, Chess Club, Chinese Culture Club, Fit Bit Club, Hands-on Help, Heals on Wheels, History Club, Kickball, Literary magazine, Morley Games, Newspaper, Quiz Bowl, Sexuality and Gender Alliance, Short Film-Making Club, Slam Poetry Club, Spirit Club, Spot Light Dance Club, Stock Index Futures, Student Government, The Fishing Club, The Outlaws – Cycling Club, Think Tank X, Wildebeest, Writing Center, Yearbook

College Matriculation

Year: 10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Sandy Spring Friends School is a welcoming, inquiry-based learning community. A challenging academic curriculum, enriched arts program, inclusive athletics, and service opportunities promote intellectual excellence, collaboration, and strength of character. Recognizing the unique worth of each person, the School strives to challenge each student to reach their potential and develop individual talents.Sandy Spring Friends School students are engaged in the learning process; enjoy the integration of academics, arts, and athletics; and seek to become constructive, caring and effective citizens of the world. We hope you will join our thriving community of scholars, performers, athletes, artists, thinkers, and doers.
  • School accreditations: National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), Association of Independent Maryland Schools (AIMS), The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS), Association of Independent Schools Of Greater Washington (AISGW), Secondary School Admission Test Board (SSATB), Friends Council on Education (FCE), Education Records Bureau (ERB), National Association of College Admission Counselors (NACAC), Potomac and Chesapeake Association of College Admission Counselors (PCACAC), The College Board, Black Student Fund, Friends Schools of Maryland and District of Columbia
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