2022 Experience Days Bring Loads of Adventures and Memories

This year's Experience Days - held on three of the four last days of school - brought some much-needed fun and class bonding through various activities, projects, field trips, and more by grade. Our students and their advisors went many places and did many things, including those of a service or academic nature.

  • 5th and 6th graders visited the Frontier Culture Museum in Staunton, toured the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and other sites in Richmond, and enjoyed the all-Middle School pool party at ACAC.

  • 7th and 8th graders visited the Downtown Mall for lunch and got a personal screening of the movie Jumanji at The Paramount, took on the climbing walls at a local climbing gym, and enjoyed the all-Middle School pool party at ACAC. 8th graders also enjoyed their lovely annual Dinner Dance on one of the evenings as well.

  • 9th graders spent time at Boar's Head on an engineering challenge project called Domestic Demo, presented their TED Talks on the meaning of life and held their Ted Talk Premiere Party, spent a day playing games on campus including a murder mystery that featured math teacher Trefor as the dead Earl, took on an escape room, and spent an afternoon at Fry's Spring Beach Club.

  • 10th graders worked through some college programming that included a mock admissions panel, did service projects on campus, played games, watched Raised/Razed (a documentary about urban renewal and Vinegar Hill), took on the Boar's Head orienteering course and Domestic Demo programs, and created artworks at Pikasso Swig.

  • 11th graders spent a day at Lake Sherando hiking and journaling, spent a day at UVA to begin preparing for research and senior projects that included an alumni panel with recent Tandem grads at UVA and other nearby colleges, and took on the Poplar Ridge ropes and bouldering courses.

  • 12th graders performed service work for Habitat for Humanity and the Habitat Store, visited baby goats, spent a day together at King's Dominion, and practiced for graduation before settling in to their Faculty/Senior Appreciation Dinner.
It made for a busy few days with lots of busses coming and going, repeated looks at the weather forecast, and lots of relaxed-looking smiles. Check out Middle School Experience Week photos here. Check out Upper School Experience Week photos here.