Sidwell Friends is a PK-12, co-educational Quaker day school with a 15-acre campus in Washington, D.C., and a five-acre campus in Bethesda, Maryland. Founded in 1883, the School is a nonprofit institution governed by an independent Board of Trustees.
As an educational community, Sidwell Friends is inspired by the values of the Religious Society of Friends and guided by the Quaker belief in “That of God” in each person. Students of diverse cultural, racial, religious, and economic backgrounds are offered a rich and rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum designed to stimulate creative inquiry, intellectual achievement and independent thinking in a world increasingly without borders. Students are encouraged to test themselves in athletic competition and to give expression to their artistic abilities. Strength is drawn from silence—and from the power of individual and collective reflection. High personal expectations and integrity, respect for consensus, and an understanding of how diversity enriches us, why stewardship of the natural world matters, and why service to others enhances life is cultivated in all members of the community. Sidwell Friends seeks to be a school that nurtures a genuine love of learning and teaches students “to let their lives speak.”
The address of the lower school is 5100 Edgemoor Lane; Bethesda, MD 20814