School News

Lighting the Way

Three parent affinity groups honored their graduating seniors of color with a candlelight ceremony before Commencement week.

A Matter of Faith

The executive travel ban inspires Upper Schoolers to explore the different faces of religion.

The Last Word

Middle School debaters made the case for excellence at the Regional Championships.

“It’s a Once in a Lifetime Opportunity”

In honor of its most generous and consistent alumni donor, Sidwell Friends School will name its Athletic Center for David “Sandy” Pearson ’52 during Homecoming festivities this fall. 

A “Heated” Exchange

Lower Schoolers debated faculty about getting a toaster for the lunchroom, armed with well-researched rebuttals for any objections that might pop up.

Getting There ... Eventually

Alumni at Let Your Life Speak Day reassure students that keeping an open mind about their professional futures can be a “beautiful thing.”

Arrive as Guests, Leave as “Mates”

Students from the Bootham School, a Quaker school in York, England, spend time on campus and in the city as part of an exchange program with SFS.

Maximum Enjoyment during Minimester

Learning comes alive as Middle Schoolers leave the classroom behind for SFS’s annual week of deep-dive, experiential learning.


Biomedical engineer Andrea Ippolito encouraged members of the new GRIT club to pursue their love of science, technology, engineering, and math.

A Hot Topic

An EPA scientist discussed the realities behind global warming with 8th graders.

The Art of Powerful Citizenship

Eric Liu, the 2017 John Fisher Zeidman ’79 Memorial Lecturer, teaches young people how to be a force for good in their communities.

Truth Spoken Here

During the annual Black Student Union Production, students explored race and identity through song, dance, rap, and poetry.

Happy Year of the Rooster

The Parents of Asian Students share their Lunar New Year traditions with the community

“What I Saw Set My Soul on Fire”

Prominent death penalty opponent Sister Helen Prejean has advocated for mercy in the meting out of justice for more than 30 years.

As Luck Would Have It

Soye Kim ’73 and Antonia Fasanelli ’92 were connected from the start. But nobody could have predicted the way their lives repeatedly intertwined.

Inspired by MLK

SFS students help the homeless on the second annual MLK Day of Service.

How the Mighty Have Fallen

Teacher and historian Darren Speece’s new book on giant redwoods explores the longest and most violent environmental conflict in American history.

Stories on the Spot

Playwright Fin Kruckemeyer helps 6th graders find the writer within

Step It Up

Tap dancer Joseph Webb clicks with Middle Schoolers

Change on Stage

Acting—literally—on social justice issues

Alumni Bookshelf: Skunk Creek

Todd Purnell ’65 spins a raucous yarn from family stories and Sidwellian influences in Book One of his Ozarkian Tales Trilogy.

Marisa Nightingale ’86: Getting through to Teens

The Senior Media Advisor to The National Campaign (NC) to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy has been seeding prevention messages into popular shows for two decades—and it’s working!



A Fresh Look at O.J.

Ezra Edelman ’92 sidelines sensationalism to deliver a weighty film of note.

True Colors

Balloons and poetry took flight as parents of 61 black, Latino, and Asian students gathered for an end-of-year fete.