Sandy Spring Friends School

16923 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Tel: 301-774-7455
  • 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 600 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 
2018 School Data
Sandy Spring FriendsBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)9-127-12
Grades Offered (Day)Pre-K-127-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
ADD/ADHD SupportYesYes
Religious AffiliationQuakerNon-denominational
Year Founded19611910
Campus Size140 acres104 acres

Student Body

Enrollment600 students300 students
% Students of Color
54%
21%
% International Students
13%
20%
% Students Boarding
16%
69%
Average SAT Score1755* National Avg. »View
Average ACT score25*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearNoNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesNoNo
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size15 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:81:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1617
ESL Courses OfferedYesYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
46%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Finances

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$61,250
(additional fees for international students apply)
$54,500
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$33,250
(Tuition reflected is for upper school day students)
$30,250
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$48,950$40,300
% Students on Financial Aid
35%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant16250$23,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedYesNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15 / rollingJan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationYesNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Acceptance Rate
68%
55%
Director of AdmissionsTony McCudden
Dawn Griffith

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered1617
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 Offered1615
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 Organizations2424
ExtracurricularsClub or Organization:
Chess Club, Chinese Culture Club, Fit Bit Club, Hands-on Help, Heals on Wheels, History Club, Literary magazine, Newspaper, Quiz Bowl, Sexuality and Gender Alliance, Short Film-Making Club, Slam Poetry Club, Spirit Club, Stock Index Futures, Student Government, The Fishing Club, The Outlaws – Cycling Club, Think Tank X, Wildebeest, Writing Center, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Spot Light Dance Club

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Kickball, Morley Games

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.
  • Sandy Spring Friends 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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