The Power of Ethical and Intellectual Education at Sidwell Friends School

As an expert in the field of education, I have had the privilege of witnessing firsthand the transformative power of Sidwell Friends School. This renowned institution is known for its commitment to deep and imaginative research, both intellectual and ethical, and its ability to foster an environment where students and teachers can thrive. At the core of Quaker education is the practice of sitting together in shared silence. This cornerstone practice is deeply ingrained in the culture of Sidwell Friends School, where students and teachers come together each week to listen and reflect.

Not only does this promote a strong sense of community, but it also encourages introspection and personal growth. In addition to its emphasis on ethical development, Sidwell Friends School also places great importance on diversity and inclusivity. The school has a strict policy against discrimination and harassment based on factors such as race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, sex, personal appearance, genetic information, economic background, political affiliation, marital status, amnesty, or covered veteran status. This unwavering commitment to creating a safe and welcoming environment for all members of the school community is evident in everything that Sidwell Friends does.

In order to make room for a new and modern high school building, the old suburban school was bulldozed and its elementary students were relocated to Bethesda. The school then purchased the Longfellow School for Boys in Bethesda, Maryland and moved its elementary courses to that location on Edgemoor Lane in 1963. This move was just the beginning of Sidwell Friends' plans for expansion and improvement. The school has recently announced plans for a new high school building that will unify the campus and eventually move the high school to Washington D. C.

The new building is scheduled to open in the 2026-27 school year and will serve as the future headquarters for a renovated high school. This purchase of the Edgemoor Lane property was a crucial step in the school's plans for growth and development.

Ernestine Fling
Ernestine Fling

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