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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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Queries

Students develop questions that guide self-examination.
As the seasons change, how can we change our actions to show more kindness toward others?

– Second Grade Students

How can we be mindful that we are part of many communities?

– Third Grade Students

How can we see problems as opportunities?

– Second Grade Students

How can we be mindful of our actions and DO what we say? 

– Second Grade Students

During this season of loving and caring, how can I plant seeds of equality in my community?

– Third Grade Students

How can individuals honor and cherish the Light in others?

-Middle School Students

How can I make the most of my opportunities?

– Middle School Students

How can we balance schoolwork with extracurricular activities?

– Middle School Students

How can we be appreciative of what we have while being happy for others?

– Middle School Students

As a School, how can we do our part to prevent environmental issues in order to help future generations?

– Middle School Students

How will you counter the incidents of hatred and violence? How do we work intentionally to not normalize violence, discrimination, and oppression? How can we be allies and advocates for one another at Sidwell Friends?

- Upper School Students

How should we respond to someone sharing their truth? How do we reckon with truth even if it makes us uncomfortable?

– Upper School Students

What makes you sad at the end of the school year? What makes you happy?

– Upper School Students

How can we support those who have the courage to speak their truth?

– Upper School Students

What is my responsibility to help bend the arc (of the moral universe) towards justice?

– 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.

Alumni

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

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