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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  • The Gift of Boredom

    Ed Hollinger
    Last week I had the pleasure of accompanying a group of students on an Emphasis Week trip. We traveled over to Shenandoah National Park where we spent three days hiking, camping, and exploring the deep woods. It was tiring – at times almost exhausting – but the rewards were immense. The views to the west from the Stoney Man overlook were quite the gift following an arduous, 2,000-foot-elevation-gain hike up the mountain.

    Our base camp at the historic Corbin Cabin provided a nice resting place. A cool mountain stream provided a refreshing aftermath to the long hike. Far from the distractions of media and devices, students were on their own to come up with things to do. They explored the stream, found new trails, and combed through ruins of the old farm that once stood when pioneer families occupied this land. At times, I heard an occasional, “I’m bored.” It quickly faded as a spontaneous game of stickball emerged out of fallen tree limbs in the small clearing, with tents forming the backstop and tree stumps providing the bases.  
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    • Head of School, Ed Hollinger

      Head of School, Ed Hollinger