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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.
What would it mean to treat the Earth as a friend?

-Lower School Students

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 the year unfolds, how can we remember that change needs ease, progress has purpose, and grace only knows how to flow forward?

-Middle 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?
How can we as individuals best support our community members with what we learn?

-Upper School Students

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.

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