50th Anniversary

We are excited to be celebrating Tandem's 50th Anniversary throughout the 2020-2021 school year.  We began our celebration over the weekend of October 9-11, 2020.  Obviously, our original plans for the weekend changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  While we coould not host a large, on-campus gathering this fall we enjoyed a fun lineup of virtual activities allowing community members 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 have posted links to recordings of many of the events below.  

NEW! Reflections On a Shared History:  A panel discussion on the desegregation of Virginia schools, featuring panelists Amy Tillerson-Brown, Loran Wharton, Geoff Carter, Ansley Erickson, and Gordon Fields. Moderated by Laura Allen Douglas on March 11, 2021.

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.
Thanks for Supporting our Food Drive!

As part of our 50th anniversary celebration, Tandem looked to local community needs and held a food drive for the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank October 5-16. Our generous community filled four barrels with donations. If you weren't able to participate, 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. We can all work to support the food needs of our own local community in meaningful ways. Thanks!