There are so many wonderful aspects of our program, but perhaps the best is our ability to provide individual attention to every student. As a small boarding school, we ensure that each student will experience a supportive and welcoming atmosphere. We emphasize respect, consideration, and responsibility, because developing strengths in those areas means that our students are well-prepared for the independence of college and adjustments to life on their own. At SSFS, although we provide safety and support both in the dorm and in the classroom, we also try very hard to provide opportunities for our boarders to make their own choices when they can. They also learn how to live flexibly with each other, help each other, and respect each other.
Other benefits of boarding life at SSFS include friendships for a lifetime with students from several states and countries; the “extra” time enjoyed by avoiding a potentially lengthy commute to and from school; meals in a family setting several nights per week; inclusion in the social activities of a small “family group,” each one headed by an adult member of our boarding community; planned weekend activities and trips that can be as short as an hour or as along as an entire weekend; and so much more.
SSFS offers 5-day and 7-day boarding options for U.S. students and international students.
Our Dormitory, Westview, is coed and currently houses sixty Upper School students and three dorm faculty and staff, including the Director of the Boarding Program. We have large common areas on all floors, two kitchens, a recreation room, laundry and space to spend time together or individually.
Typical Weekday Schedule
Breakfast • 7:15 am - 7:55 am
See our breakfast menu for this week at our Westview Dining page.
Classes • 8:00 am - 3:05 pm (2:35 pm on Wednesdays)
Download our curriculum guide to see our class offerings.
Academic Help • 3:05 - 3:35 pm
During Academic Help, students are able to meet with their teachers for one-on-one support.
After School Activities • 3:35 pm - 5:45 pm
After school activities include athletics, performing arts, homework, and free time.
Dinner • 5:45 pm - 6:30 pm
See our dinner menu for this week at our Westview Dining page.
Community Jobs & Free Time • 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
As a part of the dorm community, students are asked to contribute by doing community jobs such as dish duty, tidying up shared spaces,or helping dorm staff bring snack from the dining hall.
On Wednesdays, the dorm program runs shopping trips to Olney before Study Hall.
Study Hall • 7:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Study hall takes place in the evening, Sunday through Thursday. Our Residential faculty support dorm staff in managing study hall, and offer their expertise to students as they complete their homework.
Community Jobs & Free Time • 9:30 pm - 10:30 pm
Following study hall, students take part in quiet hours to finish studying, calmly socialize with friends, and otherwise wind down before check-in.
Check-In and Lights Out • 10:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Shuttles & Transportation
Regular shuttle service is offered to Olney and Rockville throughout the week so boarding students can pick up groceries, go to the post office or to the bank, etc. Along with shuttles, staff may be able to offer individual trips to other locations.
Our proximity to Washington, D.C. means that we have access to a wide variety of fun weekend events for our seven-day boarders. Weekend activities focus on community and global service, cultural exploration and celebration, and building healthy social relationships. Trips to the nation’s capital and surrounding area include visits to museums, the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, sports games, and cultural events like the Renaissance Festival and Taste of D.C., just to name a few.
Weekends are generally spent having fun with friends, catching up on homework, volunteering in the community, engaging in school-sponsored activities and trips, and sometimes, just relaxing.
Every weekend, there are three or more school-sponsored activities or trips. Most often, one of these activities will be a shopping and movie trip. Weekend activities may also include cultural events, volunteer experiences, outdoor (or indoor) adventures, sports games, and on-campus activities.
Students in our 7-day program benefit greatly from living full-time on our large, idyllic campus. Each student's growth and development is at the center of our diverse, close-knit community. Dedicated staff and faculty provide a supervised and structured student life experience that provides opportunities for boarders to gain valuable life skills and greater responsibility. A busy schedule of academics and extracurricular activities is balanced out with ample time for studying, hanging out with friends, and getting involved in the community.
Our weekend program enhances the experience for our 7-day boarders. Our location provides easy access to exciting cultural activities, museums, historical landmarks, shopping centers, amusement parks, and outdoor adventures. There's something fun planned every weekend for our students to enjoy.
Our 5-day boarding program provides students structure and support during the week, while the weekends are spent at home with their family. Monday through Friday, students have the opportunity to focus on their studies, learn how to live with others, and become more independent, without distractions.
As a part of the boarding program at SSFS, faculty members who live on campus act as role models for our students through their actions and conversations and by providing opportunities for students to explore and better understand the viewpoints of others. By challenging intolerant behavior and both recognizing and celebrating our differences, we create a more inclusive community.