Once you've been a part of the Tandem Friends community, you are always a part of the Tandem Friends community. Our alums are vital to the life of the school, and they feel welcome to return and reconnect. Alums show up for school events, plays, graduation, meeting for worship, and more. Alums frequently stop in for a chat with a favorite teacher. Some come back to coach Tandem Friends School teams. Many alums have returned as parents of Tandem Friends students, adding another generation to this connected community.

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50th Fridays

List of 5 news stories.

  • 50th Fridays Looks Back at Graduations

    This 50th Friday, we take a look back at Tandem graduations. While we will celebrate our Class of 2020 in some ways online tomorrow, we hope to be able to honor them with an on-campus ritual in August that will include many of Tandem's beloved traditions that make our graduations so memorable - the surprise entrance by the graduates, hearing each student's voice, the ritual of gratitude, the heartfelt remarks about each student, and more. Check out some memories of previous graduation celebrations and entrances, and share a favorite memory or photo (especially of an entrance as we couldn't share all of them).
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  • 50th Fridays Look Back at Spring Day & Senior Pranks

    This week for 50th Fridays, we're celebrating two of Tandem's special days. Fun spring traditions at Tandem abound, including Spring Day and Senior Prank Day. We certainly missed enjoying them this year and we can't wait to enjoy them together again next year.
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  • 50th Fridays Look Back at Mother's Day Music Festival

    The Tandem Friends Mother’s Day Music Festival began in the late 80’s as an official school-run event, held each Mother's Day weekend. By the mid '90’s, it had become a completely student-organized, student-run event, unique every year. It's been held out front, on the quad, in the Community Hall, in a myriad of configurations with additional offerings from food trucks to dad-grilled burgers to tie-dyed t's to baby goat petting zoos - but with two constants - great local music and free admission for mothers. We missed this year’s event and wanted to honor both the students working hard to bring it to life this year and the many students over the years who took on MDMF with passion and determination. To them, to our music teachers, and to the countless (including some well-known) musicians who shared their talents each May...thank you for the music! 
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  • 50th Fridays Teacher Appreciation

    In 50th Fridays this week, we are celebrating the amazing teachers in Tandem's past. In 1970, Tandem began with 22 students and a handful of visionary teachers. Today our faculty of 36 stewards the education of 220 students as they grow together in tandem. While we couldn't include pictures of everyone in this video, we hope you'll see some faces you remember. 
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  • 50th Fridays - Tandem Opens in 1970

    Tandem School opened in September of 1970 with 22 students in 9th and 10th grades situated in a brick house near Pantops. In 1972, Tandem and its 67 students (now in grades 9-12) moved to the current location at the former Hillcrest Farm after the property, which the school had been hoping to lease and then buy, was purchased for Tandem by an anonymous donor.
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