Tandem Friends School
What we are striving to build is a school where children truly learn -
about themselves and the world, about the relationships between past, present and future.
~ Founders John Howard & Duncan Alling
(from the original prospectus of the Tandem School)
For Tandem, finding the Friends has been like finding a home. It seems familiar and comforting and it has brought a focus to our work and to the life of the School.
~ Former Head of School, Rosalyn Berne
(from the formal request to Friends Council on Education to be considered a Friends School)
A happy and excited child learns far faster than a bored child.
~ from Tandem's first admissions materials
From the start, our school has been bold, progressive, and innovative, focused on the intellectual and human development of our students. From its beginnings in 1970, Tandem has sought to offer the most essential and relevant education possible in an egalitarian, integrated and co-educational setting. We have always focused on preparing our students to be intellectually engaged and self-assured. Becoming a Friends (Quaker) school in 1996 was another bold and essential move in the life of our young school. We found connectedness to a rich, longstanding tradition of inquiry, spiritual development, and values-based education that aligned with our founding principles and provided an enduring touchstone as we grew and flourished.
As we prepare for our 50th anniversary, Tandem Friends School has been working to develop its next strategic plan. Over the past year, we have worked hard to engage our whole community in this process. Together, we strive to be a leading Friends educational institution, and for our program to reflect our tradition of excellence in content, teaching methods, and understanding of the needs of middle and high school students, preparing them for all that they can, and will, contribute to our world.
Please be on the lookout for additional updates about the strategic planning process that may be communicated by email or, for those who receive it, in the Friday Letter. We will also post appropriate information on this page.
If you are aware of any members of the Tandem Friends School community (particularly alumni, past parents, or other community friends/partners) who would like to be kept up-to-date about the strategic planning process but do not currently receive communications from us, please notify one of the members of the Strategic Planning (Phase Two) Steering Committee listed on this page.