Tandem Friends School encourages students in grades five through twelve to participate in interscholastic sports regardless of their previous experience or attained skill level.
We recognize the important balance between academics and athletics, and believe strongly that regular exercise, the development of skills, and interscholastic athletic competition play critical roles in a student’s growth. We stress the values of teamwork and cooperation, and students learn to cope respectfully and courteously in times of failure and disappointment as well as in times of success and mastery. Athletic participation contributes to the development of a child’s self-esteem, confidence and overall character, and provides opportunities for leadership and success outside the classroom. We believe in and practice a “no-cut” policy.
Our Upper School teams play in the Delaney Athletic Conference as part of the Virginia Independent School Athletic Assocation, Division 2. Middle School teams compete in a local Middle School schedule that minimizes long-distance travel to games. We field up to 20 sports teams per year, depending on student signup for individual teams. Our student scholar athletes are selected regularly for all-conference and all-state honors, and many of our coaches have been named conference coaches of the year. Our Varsity Volleyball team won the 2015 conference championship. The Varsity Girls' Soccer team won the state championship (VISAA Division 2) for three years in a row (2010-2012)! In spring of 2015, one of our boys' tennis players was honored as state player of the year.
Physical education is a daily class for Middle School students. The PE program is designed to develop individual skills, increase cardiovascular strength and provide students with exposure to sport and play. Middle School students in the 5th through 8th grades are encouraged to participate in interscholastic sports. Active electives are periodically available to Upper School students.
Varsity Boys' Soccer (9-12)
Middle School Boys' Soccer (5-8)
Middle School Volleyball (5-8)
JV Volleyball (9-12)
Coed Varsity Cross Country (9-12)
Coed Middle School Cross Country (5-8)
Varsity Boys' Basketball (9-12)
Middle School Boys' Basketball (5-8)
Middle School Boys' YMCA Basketball (5-6)
Varsity Girls' Basketball (9-12)
Middle School Girls' Basketball (5-8)
Middle School Girls' YMCA Basketball (5-6)
Varsity Girls' Soccer (9-12)
Middle School Girls' Soccer (5-8)
Varsity Boys' Lacrosse (9-12)
Middle School Boys' Lacrosse (5-8)
JV Girls' Lacrosse (9-12)
Tandem boasts a Fencing club for all ages, coached by professional coach and national fencing medalist Dorothy Carney at the Carver Center. Tandem's team practices on Tuesdays from 4:15-5:30pm beginning mid-September. Tandem's team is open to all students regardless of ability and operates throughout the school year. Club dues are minimal. Please contact parent Kari Caplin for details.
A winter Ski Club takes to the Wintergreen slopes a few times each season.
In the spring, Upper School and Middle School Track Clubs practice and compete in several races during the season.
Tandem Friends School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation or national ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship or loan programs, or athletic and other school- administered programs. The school complies with the ADA to the extent possible.