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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 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

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 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?
How can we be intentional in our care for our community? In what ways can we add light to our community?

-Upper School Students

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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