Sidwell Friends School offers a competitive benefits package.  All full-time employees, part-time faculty working a minimum of .5 for a full contract year, and part-time administrative employees working a minimum of 20 hours per week are considered benefits eligible. Listed below are brief descriptions of the benefits.

Health, Dental and Vision Insurance

Employees have three choices in medical insurance:  two HMO plans and one PPO plan.  The employer contributes 60-90% of the premium costs depending on the type and coverage level of the insurance elected.  Dental and Vision insurance are also provided with both in and out of network coverage.  Benefits eligible employees may enroll in Health, Dental and Vision plans effective the first of the month following their hire date.

Life, AD&D, and Long Term Disability Insurance

Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, and Long Term Disability Insurance are all provided at no cost to the employee.  Each employee is insured with a term life policy with a face value of two times the employee's gross annual salary effective on the first of the month following the hire date.  After a six month waiting period, employees become eligible for Long Term Disability Insurance.

Retirement   403(b)  Retirement and Tax-Deferred Annuity plans administered through the Teacher's Insurance and Annuity Association College Retirement Equities Fund (TIAA-CREF) are available:

  • Defined Contribution Retirement Plan -  Eligible new employees may participate in the School's  Defined Contribution Retirement Plan on the first of the month following the completion of 1 year of service with the school (Years of service with any educational organizations and organizations that meet the eligibility requirements of 403(b)(1), within the 12-month period immediately preceding employment with the school, will be counted for satisfying this requirement).  For your first 15 years of service you will receive a 7% match from the School if you contribute a mandatory 3% of your regular earnings per pay period.  Please see page 24 of the Employee Handbook for subsequent increases in the School's match.

  • Tax-Deferred Annuity Plan - Eligible new employees may begin participation in the School's Tax-Deferred Annuity Plan on the first of the month following employment with the School.  Employees may elect to make voluntary pre-tax contributions to a TIAA-CREF RA or GSRA contract.  If you choose to make voluntary contributions under this plan, we recommend making these contributions to a GSRA contract as it is a more flexible contract.  The school does not provide a match for voluntary contributions. 

Flexible Spending Accounts

The Flexible Spending Accounts allow employees to shelter from taxation a predetermined amount of salary to be used for medical/dental expenses that cannot be reimbursed by health insurance and for dependent care expenses. 


The School offers a commuter benefit to eligible employees in the form of a $35 monthly subsidy towards the purchase of Metrocheks. Additional Metrocheks may be purchased through pre-tax payroll deductions. 

Infant Day Care

The School has an Infant Day Care for children of faculty and staff. The Day Care, located at the Lower School campus in Bethesda, Maryland, welcomes infants 8 weeks to 23 months.

Employer Assisted Housing

Sidwell offers eligible employees a $10,000 repayable loan to assist employees in buying their first home in the DC metropolitan area.

Pre-Paid Legal Services

Pre-paid Legal Services provides employees and their families with affordable legal services to protect their legal rights 24 hours a day on and off the job in all fifty states.  All benefits are effective immediately at the time of enrollment and pre-existing conditions are covered.

Sports & Health Club

Sidwell Friends employees are offered  a special membership rate to all local Sports & Health Club locations.  Membership dues are collected through payroll deductions on a semi-monthly basis. 

Long Term Care

This voluntary benefit helps employees handle medical and other expenses they may incur when they are unable to care for themselves.  While today’s cost for this plan varies depending on individual circumstances, it may, nevertheless, have an important place in financial planning.

Paid Leave

Faculty vacation follows the academic schedule.  In addition, full-time faculty members are granted two personal days and part-time faculty working at least a .5 contract year will be granted one.

Staff employees receive paid leave for nine holidays, a half day before Thanksgiving and the day after, five days during winter break, five days during Spring break, and two personal days.  In addition, vacation leave is accrued effective the date of employment.  Accrual rate increases after the first and second year of employment.

All leave for part-time employees is prorated.

Updated February 6, 2006