Sidwell Friends School is a PK–12, co-educational Quaker day school founded in 1883.

Our Lower School (PK–4) is located on a five-acre campus blocks away from Metro in Bethesda, Maryland. Our Middle and Upper Schools are housed on a 15-acre campus in Washington, DC, less than a mile from Metro’s Tenleytown/AU station and on several bus lines.

Philosophy Statement

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
Approved September 10, 2015

Diversity Statement

Sidwell Friends School affirms the centrality of diversity and inclusion in all aspects of academic and campus life. Honoring a multiplicity of voices, we celebrate shared joys and address tensions productively. Together, we are guided by Quaker testimonies and seek to answer the question, “How do we nurture a sense of belonging in our community and demonstrate our commitment to a just world?”

Board of Trustees
Approved September 10, 2015

Fast Facts


students of color



students enrolled

$49,680 (PK-Grade 2)
$52,110 (Grades 3-4)
$54,700 (Grades 5-8)
$55,140 (Grades 9-12)

tuition for 2023/24


of students receive financial aid

$8.2 million

annual financial aid budget


average financial aid award


full-time faculty and staff


of faculty hold advanced degrees


alumni in 30 different countries and all 50 states


student clubs


LEED-certified buildings


arts performances each year


varsity teams

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Sidwell Friends School prohibits discrimination and harassment against any member of the School community on the basis of race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, sex, personal appearance, genetic information, economic background, political affiliation, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state, and local laws. Read more about non-discrimination policies and contact information here.