Welcome to Sidwell Friends

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


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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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Students develop questions that guide self-examination.
How do we seek and nurture our own and other’s lights?

-Lower School Students

How can gratitude bring us together when we’re apart?

-Lower School Students

How can understanding and celebrating our unique differences help us build a strong community?

-Lower School Students

How can we connect virtually as a community and welcome everyone to make them feel that they matter?

-Lower School Students

As pride month begins, how can we celebrate the many colors of love?

-Lower School Students

How can we make kindness loud and contagious?

-Middle School Students

What can I do as a human, regardless of my identifiers, to make this world a better place?

-Middle School Students

How can we put our pain into perspective by being aware of others’ suffering?
Our community is a tree with roots, a strong trunk, many branches, and new growth. How do we tend this community tree to make sure it is healthy and happy?

-Quaker Education Committee

Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone's face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love?

-Upper 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.


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

Explore Our Classrooms

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