(Washington, D.C. & Bethesda, Maryland)
Sidwell Friends School is a private, co-ed day school founded in 1883 by Thomas Sidwell, who had formerly taught in a Baltimore school run by the Society of Friends. Sidwell Friends now has two campuses, in Washington, D.C., and in Bethesda, Maryland.
Guided by its Quaker values, students commit to practice environmental stewardship and to appreciate the differences in one another; there is no class ranking system.
Sidwelll Friends offers a unique and extensive Chinese Studies program. Graduates matriculate at the nation’s top universities.
Awards, Ranking, Alumni, Tuition:
- Highest scores in the nation on the 2005 AP English exam (even though AP English is not offered as a course)
- Alumni include aviation pioneer Charles Lindbergh, Nobel Prize–winning chemist Walter Gilbert, novelist Gore Vidal, Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright Margaret Edson, economist George Akerlof, CIA Director John Deutch, TV news anchor Charles Gibson, TV personality Bill Nye, and Presidential daughters Julie and Trisha Nixon, Chelsea Clinton, and Sasha and Malia Obama
- Tuition: $34,268