16923 Norwood Road
Sandy Spring, MD 20860
Tel: (301) 774-7455 Ext. 163
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.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 685 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,970
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $38,300
  • Acceptance rate: 68%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2022 School Data
Sandy Spring Friends School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12
9-12
Grades Offered (Day)
Pre-K-12
5-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1961
1907
Campus Size
140 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
685 students
300 students
% Students of Color
56%
26%
% International Students
7%
20%
% Students Boarding
10%
70%
Average SAT Score
1260
* 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
Average Class Size
15 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
8:1
7:1
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
16
17
ESL Courses Offered
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
46%
70%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$66,970
(additional fees for international students apply)
$61,200
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$38,300
(Tuition reflected is for Upper School day students)
$34,900
Yearly Tuition
(5 Day Boarding)
$55,950
$44,150
% Students on Financial Aid
35%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$16,250
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 15 / rolling
Jan. 15
Acceptance Rate
68%
58%
Director of Admissions
Tony McCudden
Associate Director of Admissions
Shamika Murray

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
16
17
Courses
AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP Computer Science A, AP English Language & Composition, AP English Literature & Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP French Language and Culture, AP Physics, AP Physics C Mechanics, AP Spanish Language and Culture, AP Statistics, AP U.S. Government & Politics, AP United States History, AP World History

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
24
23
Extracurriculars
Club 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)

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
Source: Verified school update
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  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12
  • Enrollment: 685 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,970
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $38,300
  • Acceptance rate: 68%
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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