MARYLAND - *also a boarding school

The Friends School of Frederick County
3232 Green Valley Rd.
Ijamsville, MD  21754

The future is a great unknown. The best thing we can do for our children is to teach them how to solve the problems they don’t even know about yet; we can do this by stimulating their imaginations at a young age, and maintaining outlets for their creativity as they grow. Problem-solving stems directly from imagination, which needs to be cultivated at all ages.

Friends Meeting School was founded in 1997 as an intellectually vigorous, community-centered, inclusive alternative to the other school options in the region. Annette Breiling (who had previously founded what became the Lower School at Sandy Spring Friends School in Montgomery County) felt so strongly about the mission of Friends Schools that she had to start another. While she has since retired, Annette remains highly active in several Frederick County communities.  The current Head of School, Mara Nicastro, carries on that passion for the students, working to maximize their curiosity and academic abilities.

The only Friends School in Frederick County, Friends Meeting School’s values offer students a solid foundation for growth in Mind, Body, and Spirit. All grades, K-12, get hands-on exposure to the world around them – they learn to garden, perform and create in between their accelerated academic courses. The High School at Friends Meeting School has a 100% acceptance rate to top-choice colleges: every single graduate of their program has had their pick of universities!

McLean School
8224 Lochinver Lane
Potomac, MD 20854
K - 12th grade

We hear it all the time—McLean School transforms lives. McLean is an independent, coeducational, college preparatory day school for bright students in kindergarten through grade 12. We welcome both traditional learners and those with mild to moderate learning differences—including ADHD, executive functioning, anxiety, language-based differences, such as dyslexia and dysgraphia.

In small classes with attentive teachers, and a supportive social environment, students discover their strengths, strengthen their challenges, and find joy in learning. A rich variety of options—including STEM/Robotics, art, music, drama, athletics, clubs, and community service—complements our rigorous core academic programs.

We also incorporate fresh thinking into our curriculum. We planted gardens to increase environmental awareness, added the study of technology and robotics, and recognized the value of mindfulness in the classrooms. In addition to honors and AP classes, a creative partnership with American University enables qualified seniors to take college courses.

At every stage of their development, our students are transformed by the McLean approach. They become insightful, confident learners and their own best advocates. The proof is in their acceptances to highly regarded colleges and their success in college and in life.

We invite you to roam our website—or contact us directly—to learn more about McLean.

The Nora School
955 Sligo Ave.
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Marcia Miller
Director of Admissions

Think differently. At The Nora School, these are words we take to heart. This intentionally small, inclusive, and personal college preparatory high school works to bring out the best in bright students with diverse learning styles. Students turn to us because they’ve become frustrated in large, impersonal institutions, while others seek a richer, more engaging education without the emphasis on standardized testing. In our discussion-based classrooms, we inspire a critical world view, and students find their voice in an intellectually rigorous, accepting, nurturing environment. With a thought-provoking curriculum, inclusive sports and arts programs, Intersession, mindfulness and more, The Nora School helps students find their unique paths and prepare for college, work, and life. Building deep connections between the faculty and students, we encourage responsibility and build confidence and excitement about learning.     
We’ve expanded, offering more curriculum choices and openings for more students! Discover the essence of our school. RSVP for an Open House or call us to arrange a visit. Come see how our students thrive. Celebrating the same mission for over 50 years. Think Differently.

Sandy Spring Friends School

16923 Norwood Rd.
Sandy Springs, MD  20860

PreK - 12th grade

Sandy Spring Friends School is a progressive, coed, college preparatory Quaker school serving students from Pre-K through 12th Grade, with an optional boarding program in the Upper School. Founded in 1961, SSFS offers a deep and rigorous academic curriculum focused on a global education and 21st century skills, character education rooted in universal Quaker principles, and a diverse and international student body that reflects today’s global community. SSFS sits on a pastoral 140-acre campus in the heart of Montgomery County, Maryland, midway between Washington D.C. and Baltimore – an ideal setting for intellectual contemplation, athletic training, diverse extracurricular pursuits, outdoor exploration, urban excursion, and personal growth. Please visit our Web site at



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