Have questions about our School, the admission process, or financial aid? Our Admission Department is here to help by providing answers to some of our most commonly-asked questions.
If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at 301-774-7455 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When was SSFS founded?
- How many students attend SSFS?
- How many students are in each division?
- What is the student/teacher ratio?
- What is the average class size?
- How many faculty and staff work at SSFS?
- Does my child have to be Quaker to attend SSFS? How does Quakerism influence the academic and community life at SSFS?
- What is the religious diversity of the student body?
- What are the school day hours? What is a typical day?
- Do you offer bus service?
- Do you have a before and aftercare program?
- What athletic teams does Sandy Spring Friends School offer?
- Approximately how many openings do you anticipate?
- Are any applicants given special consideration?
- Are campus tours available?
- What is the birthday cut-off date for entering Preschool (age 3), Preschool (age 4), and Kindergarten, Kindergarten?
- How are admissions decisions made?
- Is your Preschool program (ages 3 and 4) a full-day program?
- Is financial assistance available?
- When is your admissions deadline, and when are applicants notified of admission decisions?
- What is your financial aid deadline?
- Will applying for aid affect my child's chances of being accepted?
- Are there fees beyond the tuition?
- What is the tuition for the 2019-2020 school year?
- What countries are represented by your international student population?
- What is the ethnic diversity of the student body?
- How diverse is the faculty and staff at SSFS?
- What percentage of graduates attend college?
- Do you have a 1:1 or BYOD ("Bring Your Own Device") Technology Program?
No, students do not need to be Quaker to attend SSFS. Quaker values - simplicity, peace, integrity, community, equality, stewardship/service - are incorporated into the daily academic and social curriculum. (See the "What is a Friends Education" section of our website.)
Each division operates on a similar school day schedule. See below for exact times for each division:
- The Lower School day begins at 8:10 am and ends at 3:15 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Lower School day on Wednesday starts at 8:10 am and ends at 2:15 pm.
- The Middle School day begins at 7:55 am and ends at 3:40 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Middle School day on Wednesday starts at 7:55 am and ends at 2:40 pm.
- The Upper School day begins at 7:55 am and ends at 3:40 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. The Upper School day on Wednesday starts at 7:55 am and ends at 2:40 pm.
Yes, our buses pick up students from Montgomery, Howard, and Prince George's Counties, as well as the District of Columbia. Routes are point-to-point, not house-to-house. Collection points are designed to accommodate as many families as possible. Routes and schedules are adjusted each year according to changes in ridership. (See Extended Care and Transportation)
Yes, we offer before and aftercare for our Lower School students, and aftercare for Middle School students. Before school care in the Lower School is from 7:30 to 8:00 am. Aftercare runs until 6:30 p.m. in both Lower and Middle School. Kids After Hours runs our Lower School aftercare program. (See Extended Care and Transportation)
SSFS is a member of the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference. Our Middle and Upper School teams compete in the following interscholastic sports: soccer, cross country, volleyball, golf, basketball, lacrosse, baseball, softball, track and field, and tennis. Students also have non-competitive fitness options such as athletic conditioning, modern dance, yoga, and weight training. See more in the Athletics section of the website.
While it is by no means a guarantee of admission, Sandy Spring Friends School does give special consideration to the applicant groups listed below:
- Children of Members of the Religious Society of Friends
- Children of Sandy Spring Friends alumni/ae
- Children of Sandy Spring Friends employees
- Current students' siblings
- Former students in good academic standing
We offer need-based financial aid. The goal is to make a Sandy Spring Friends School education financially accessible to all families. Grants are made solely on the basis of financial need. (See Tuition & Financial Aid.)
The financial aid deadline for current families is December 1. The financial aid deadline for new families is February 1. The financial aid application and all supporting documents must be received by this date. (See Tuition & Financial Aid.)
Yes. We have a 1:1 Program in grades 5-12; SSFS provides 5th graders an iPad, and we have a BYOD program in the Middle and Upper School (see more information on the Technology web page). There is an additional cost beyond the base tuition for this program.
Meet The Admission Team
We look forward to working with you as you investigate whether Sandy Spring Friends Schools is the right school for your child.
Director of Enrollment Management, Grades 6-12 (Day Students)
Director of Admissions, Preschool-Grade 5
Director of Boarding and International Admissions, Grades 6-12
Director of Financial Aid & Enrollment Development
Admission Database Coordinator