Sidwell Friends School

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Sidwell Friends School

Sidwell Friends School (SFS) is a PK-12, co-educational Quaker day school with campuses in Washington, D.C., and Bethesda, Maryland. Founded in 1883, the School is a nonprofit, tax-exempt institution governed by an independent Board of Trustees. In this special community, pre-kindergarten through grade 12, our students let their lives speak as they are challenged to think deeply and critically while reflecting individually and collectively. Our classrooms are lively as purposeful teaching and learning takes place in a manner that promotes care for the world we occupy and justice within our society. Sidwell Friends School is a dynamic educational community grounded in the Quaker belief that there is “that of God in everyone.” Individually and collectively, we challenge ourselves to pursue excellence in academic, athletic, and artistic realms. We are committed to the joys of exploration and discovery. Differences among us enhance intellectual inquiry, expand understanding, and deepen empathy. The Quaker pillars of the school inspire active engagement in environmental stewardship, global citizenship, and service. We find strength in reflection and shared silence. At the heart of each endeavor, we strive to discern deeper truths about ourselves and our common humanity, preparing students and adults “to let their lives speak.”

Basic facts

  • Age Range:  PK - Grade 12
  • Years Established:   1883
  • Enrollment:  1,142
  • Average Class Size:  Student/Teacher Ratio - 12:1
  • Tuition:  $40,840
  • Who you serve:  Co-ed, Christian, Elementary, High School, Middle School, Preschool
  • Mission/Philosophy:  

    Sidwell Friends School is an educational community inspired by the values of the Religious Society of Friends and guided by the Quaker belief in "That of God" in each person. We seek academically talented students of diverse cultural, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds. We offer these students a rich and rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum designed to stimulate creative inquiry, intellectual achievement and independent thinking in a world increasingly without borders. We encourage these students to test themselves in athletic competition and to give expression to their artistic abilities. We draw strength from silence—and from the power of individual and collective reflection. We cultivate in all members of our community high personal expectations and integrity, respect for consensus, and an understanding of how diversity enriches us, why stewardship of the natural world matters, and why service to others enhances life. Above all, we seek to be a school that nurtures a genuine love of learning and teaches students "to let their lives speak."

Contact Details

  • Address: 3825 Wisconsin Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20016
  • Zip Code: 20016

  • Phone: (202) 537-8100

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    A very high pressured environment. If you intend to apply to an Ivy- go here! If not, there are plenty of equally wonderful schools that have a more balanced student life.

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    The best of the best!

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