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Quaker Values

Sidwell Friends is a place where students and faculty thrive on deep and imaginative inquiry—both intellectual and ethical.
Sitting together in shared silence is the cornerstone of a Quaker education. Our students and faculty gather each week to listen and reflect.
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Students at all grade levels do their part to build community, both within our School and in the wider world.
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From the food we eat each day to the design of our buildings, we instill in our students an awareness of the earth’s limited resources.
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By studying cultures and languages from around the world, students develop perspective on their own beliefs.
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The belief that there is “that of God in everyone” is at the heart of our commitment to equity and social justice.
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Queries

Students develop questions that guide self-examination.
As we reflect on Martin Luther King Jr’s life, how can we stand up for what is right and make peace within our community?

-Lower School students

What kind of person do you want to be this year within and outside of our community?

— Lower School students

As the new year begins, how can we impact others through kindness and respect by including everyone in our community?

– 3X Students

As winter turns to spring, how can we not only look out for ourselves and others, but also be better stewards of our environment?

– Fourth Grade Students

As we keep the spirit of Dr Martin Luther King Jr. alive, how can we build bridges to connect and strengthen our relationships with others, rather than building walls that separate our community?

– Third Grade Students

How can we maintain peace in our community even if there are tensions between people?

-Middle School students

How can we make time to deal with our own issues while at the same time trying to deal with larger issues our world faces?

-Middle School Students

Community Voices

Lower School

The joy of inquiry and exploration is instilled in our youngest learners.

Middle School

Growth and discovery take place in a supportive learning environment.

Upper School

Students are empowered to pursue their interests, both in and out of the classroom.

Alumni

The impact of a Sidwell Friends education extends beyond graduation day.

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