School Philosophy

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.”

Board of Trustees
Sidwell Friends School
Approved September 10, 2015

"Learn to be quiet enough to hear the sound of the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in other people."

Marian Wright Edelman 1992