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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 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 we reflect on the legacy of the civil rights movement and continue what they once started by doing small acts of kindness that can make a difference in the world?

-Third Grade Students

Are we looking for the light in each person? How do we let our own light shine?

-Fourth Grade Students

As natural disasters impact the world through the seasons, how can we hold those affected in the Light, and what action can we take to help them?

- Third Grade Students

How can we stand up for what we believe while respecting other people’s views?

-Middle School Students

How can we as children and teenagers express opinions and make a difference in our community and world?
How can we take action instead of just talking?

-Middle School Students

How can we discuss opposing viewpoints while maintaining peace in our community?

- Middle School Students

How can we sustain order in our community while the world is in chaos?

-Middle School Students

As a community, what are we doing to encourage members to embody integrity and simplicity in their everyday lives?

– Upper School Students

How do we take measure of past and present inequalities? How do we mend them?

– Upper School students

How can we comfort others during hardship when we ourselves need comfort?

– Upper School Students

Do we know how to ask for help?  Do we offer it enough?

– Upper School Students

How do we celebrate individuality and cultivate a sense of community?

– 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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