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Yourself. That’s what makes Sanford so special—and what makes me so proud to be part of this creative, inclusive community.

Here at Sanford, we value each student for who you are, what you love and what you want to achieve. It’s this individual acceptance and support that make our school family diverse in its talents and exceptional in its achievements.

Beyond our 100% college acceptance rate, our 8:1 student-to-teacher ratio, and our demanding yet innovative academics, Sanford is truly a place to be yourself, express yourself and challenge yourself.
  • Our safe community is made up of happy, healthy achievers who live by our Honor Code and champion each other’s successes.
  • Our outstanding college-preparatory curriculum and stellar faculty challenge students to broaden their ambitions, take risks, set higher standards and develop lifelong habits for achievement.
  • Our award-winning arts and strong athletics programs empower students to tap into their talents and boldly pursue their own excellence with no fear of judgment.
  • Our stunning, college-like campus offers the ultimate physical space for learning, both in and out of the classroom, while fostering self-reliance and independence.

It’s why our families consistently report that their children are thriving, responding to challenges to do their best, and achieving success.

It’s why our graduates return to us year after year with tales about how they taught their dorm floor how to write a term paper, or how a professor displayed their work as examples. Or even, decades later, telling us that “even after graduate school, it’s been my opinion that the most education I’ve received in life came from my time at Sanford.”

It’s why, once you’re a Sanford student, you’re always a Sanford student. And it’s why I hope that soon you, too, find yourself at Sanford.

Mark J. Anderson

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To reach Mark, send an email to: andersonm@sanfordschool.org or call 302.235.6501.

Mark Speaks to Sanford Families

List of 3 news stories.

  • The new and improved Middle School Library provides a warm, welcoming, and open space for students and teachers to work, collaborate, and create.

    Entering 2019–20 Bolder, Brighter & Stronger

    Sanford’s current strategic plan is titled Bolder, Brighter, Stronger. Those words resonate with me as we head into our new school year. We open the 2019–20 school year at Sanford in a bolder and brighter position of strength.
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  • 2018–2019 was a Wonderful Year

    As we approach the end of July, memories of the 2018–2019 school year are fresh in our hearts and minds. Whether we look back at Commencement and closing exercises, a phenomenal year in athletics which included two state championships, mesmerizing performing arts events, outstanding student success in academics, or the countless ways in which our community served others, 2018–2019 was a wonderful year. Before you read the remainder of this message, which features news about the upcoming school year, please take a few minutes to watch this Commencement 2019 video, created by Sanford alumnus Jordan West '18.
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  • Sanford School's 2019 faculty award winners gather outside Stephen May Hall following the school's closing faculty and staff meeting. Congratulations to (from left to right) Lizzy Lancellotti, recipient of the Waterman Award for Excellence in Coaching; Elizabeth Capone, winner of the Dagenais Award for Leadership in Education; Wendy Nashed, honored with the Johns Award for Excellence in Teaching; and Candyce Pizzala, who received the Dr. Paul Donovan Award for Professional Development.

    Striving to be Exceptional

    As many of you know, my office is in Sanford Hall, which my assistant Loren Yates and I share with the Sanford admission team. Whenever possible, I try to meet prospective parents so that they can put a name and face with Sanford’s head of school. This quick exchange usually happens after each family's campus tour. I like to ask parents for their impressions of Sanford after spending 60 to 90 minutes observing our students and teachers in action. The response I hear most frequently goes something like this: “Wow, your campus is amazing! And everybody seems so nice and friendly. You can tell your people want to be here!”
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