Welcome to Tandem Friends

Thank you for your interest in Tandem Friends School!

Tandem Friends School is a co-educational, independent day school for grades 5-12 with a diverse enrollment of approximately 215 students. Founded as The Tandem School in 1970 and affiliated as a Quaker school in 1995, we are located on a 31-acre campus in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Charlottesville, Virginia. Our campus feels green and rural, yet we are a five-minute drive from Downtown Charlottesville. The school community feels similarly connected and protected: we are small enough that TFS feels like an extended family, yet we also prioritize using the world as our classroom, through service learning, outdoor experiences, field trips, and academic projects that take us into the wider community. 

As a college preparatory school, we set high standards of academic excellence. We offer an impressive number of higher-level math and science courses. Our humanities curriculum focuses on teaching students to develop strong critical thinking and writing skills. Independent research is a hallmark of our program, beginning in grade five and continuing through the Senior Project. Our arts programming includes formal training in art, music, and theater, as well as informal opportunities to perform throughout the year. 

Most importantly, at Tandem Friends, students learn how to be part of a vital and connected community. 

The best way to understand the unique atmosphere and close-knit feel of Tandem Friends School is to visit us. Come tour our campus and visit classes. You will be inspired by the shared rapport between students and faculty, the comfortable, calm vibe of the campus, and the engaged learning evident in each classroom.

Mary Lyman Bias
Admissions Coordinator
(434) 951-9314

Admissions Team

Tandem Friends does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or national ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, scholarship or loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs. 

Inclusivity Statement

At Tandem Friends School we foster an inclusive community that values and celebrates the experiences of people of different races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, family structures, economic positions, faith traditions, physical abilities, learning profiles, and nationalities. We believe that such inclusivity benefits our community and prepares our students to be culturally proficient, contributing members of the diverse and multi-faceted world they inhabit.

Guided by the Quaker principles of equality, mutual respect, and integrity, we recognize the innate worth and the "inner light" in everyone. The belief that we are all part of one human community influences all of our practices and reinforces our commitment to multicultural education. The faculty and staff  model and promote an appreciation for diversity in our academic curriculum, advisory program, speaker series, Learning Resource Center, and experiential learning programs.

Admissions and hiring committees at Tandem Friends School seek to attract and retain a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Financial assistance is available on a need basis to all in order to reduce socioeconomic barriers that might limit access to a Tandem Friends education.
Attend an Admissions Information Session

The best way to learn about Tandem Friends School is to attend one of our Admissions Information Sessions, scheduled throughout the year. Meet faculty and students, take a student-led tour, and visit classes in session followed by a student, faculty, and parent panel discussion. Sessions are held from 9am to 10:30am and are listed below, under Admissions/Events, and on our main website calendar. Please RSVP to Mary by email or phone (434) 296-1303 to reserve your space. 

  • Monday, October 14
  • Tuesday, November 5
  • Monday, December 9
  • Tuesday, January 21
  • Monday, February 10
  • Tuesday, March 3
  • Tuesday, April 21
  • Tuesday, May 5 (tentative)

Schedule a Private Tour

Not able to attend an Admissions Information Session? Take a tour with our Admissions Coordinator, Mary Lyman-Bias, or another member of the  Admissions team. Tours are available by appointment Monday through Friday at 9am, 11am, or 1pm. Tours last approximately one hour. Prospective students are welcome to join parents on the tour. To schedule a tour, contact Mary by email or phone (434) 296-1303 to reserve your space.