50th Anniversary

We are excited to be celebrating Tandem's 50th Anniversary throughout the 2020-2021 school year.  We will begin our celebration over the weekend of October 9-11, 2020.  Obviously, our original plans for the weekend have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  While we won't be hosting a large, on-campus gathering this fall we will have a fun lineup of virtual activities allowing you to participate no matter your location!  We have also decided to extend our celebration all year long and will shift between virtual and in-person gatherings as conditions allow.

50th Anniversary Weekend Celebration: October 9-11


To everyone who participated in making our 50th Anniversary Celebration Weekend such a success!  It was wonderful to chat with so many alumni, current and former faculty, current and former parents, students and friends over the past few days.  Don't forget this weekend was just the first of many celebration activities throughout the 20-21 school year.

We will be posting links to recordings of many of the events here.  Check back in a few days to access the recordings. 

Here's a great WINA radio interview about our 50th celebration with Head of School Whitney Thompson - give a listen here.

Tandem Past, Present and Future:  A conversation with Tandem founder John Howard and current Head of School Whitney Thompson.  Moderated by Upper School Director Peter Gaines.

A 50th Anniversary Message from Former Head of School Rosalyn Berne

Alumni Recorded Video Concert

Let Your Life Speak:  A panel discussion with alums Alison Hormel Webb '74, Eleanor Bedford '86, Mark Slezak '96, Hannah Firdyiwek '08, and Ti Ames '13 about activism in action and lived values moderated by Tandem's former Director of Spiritual Life and past parent, Janet Hatfield Legro.
Please Support our Food Drive - October 9-16

As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, Tandem looks to local community needs and is holding a food drive for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank for two weeks - October 5-16. Our current families are encouraged to bring in items, particularly on Friday, October 9 as we kick off our anniversary weekend, as a way to fight local food insecurity. Here is a list of BRAFB's most-needed items.

We encourage our extended Tandem Friends community of alums, past parents, past faculty, wherever you live, to find a way to help fight food insecurity in your community. You may not be able to drop off canned goods to the Tandem campus, but you can support the food needs of your own local community in other meaningful ways. Thanks!