Welcome to the Tandem Friends School website. Please take a few minutes to explore the site to learn about our school. 

Tandem Friends School is truly a wonderful place. Grounded in Quaker values and characterized by strong academics, a well-rounded extracurricular program and, most of all, authentic relationships between teachers and students, Tandem Friends is a school that consistently seeks to keep students at the center of the educational endeavor.

Over 45 years ago, our founders, John Howard and Duncan Alling, articulated a simple and profound vision - to create a school in which students and teachers genuinely collaborate in the learning process. Today, as young people face the myriad challenges of the 21st century, that vision is alive and well every day here. In the classrooms, on the stage, in the athletic arena, and out in the community, members of our school family are living proof of the brilliance of this simple vision they held.

Should this website pique your interest in our school, please drop us a line or contact Admissions Director Brandon Edwards to set up a visit.  We would love to welcome you into our community.

Warm regards,

Ed Hollinger
Head of School
Tandem Friends School

My View from the Porch

Reflections on life and learning

My View From the Porch is a series of communications from Head of School, Ed Hollinger. Look for these messages to occur on alternate Fridays and other selected days throughout the year. In this space, we'll reflect on the past week and explore matters of school and family life related to the work and mission of Tandem Friends School.

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  • Leading, Following, Collaborating…and Other Life Lessons From the Basketball Court

    Ed Hollinger
    Leadership, “followership” and how people collaborate are important elements of successful organizations. In their new book Leadership is Half the Story, Marc and Samantha Hurwitz make a case for integrating the notions of leadership, followership and partnership into our thinking of how dynamic organizations operate. “All of us lead…all of us follow” they say. “In great collaborations, one moment we are leading and then we flip to following,” say the authors. “The relationship between leadership and followership is dynamic and ever evolving.” This perspective looks at leadership as something that involves everyone. It also introduces the idea that at times, following is necessary, even from those whose title and position designate them as the leader. This, say the authors, enables greater collaboration and leads to healthier and more humanely functioning organizations.
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    • Head of School, Ed Hollinger

      Head of School, Ed Hollinger