At Sidwell Friends, students and teachers make up a learning community that is dedicated to the life of the mind.

Teachers in all grade levels and in every subject draw inspiration from students’ innate curiosity and find joy in collective inquiry, reflection, and discovery. Through a commitment to honoring diverse perspectives, we prepare our students to be empathetic and thoughtful citizens of the world. As they learn to work both collaboratively and independently, our students develop the knowledge, tools, and skills they need to truly let their lives speak.

When big questions confront students, we encourage them to reflect thoughtfully on their answers. We teach them the skills that enable them to do the hard work of not simply reacting to the future but shaping it so that it advances democratic values.

– Head of School Bryan Garman

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