Student Life


At Tandem Friends, we have a long tradition of supporting diversity and incorporating it in the fabric of the day-to-day experience in our community. Founded as an integrated private school for Charlottesville and the surrounding area, we have always placed the desire for a diverse and inclusive student body at the forefront. Whether it's on the Diversity Council, in student organizations, in our Advisories, in our annual Multicultural Day, or in the classroom - our faculty, staff, administrators and students are encouraged to be in open and honest dialogue about issues of religious diversity, socio-economic diversity, ethnic and racial diversity, and so much more!

Our student-led Diversity Council hosts a Diversity Summit each spring, inviting other local schools to participate in a day of workshops that includes a keynote speaker, lunch, student-led conversations about diversity issues and more.
Tandem Friends does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation or national ethnic origin in the administration of its educational policies, hiring policies, admissions policies, scholarship or loan programs, or athletic and other school-administered programs. 

Inclusivity Statement

At Tandem Friends School we foster an inclusive community that values and celebrates the experiences of people of different races, ethnicities, genders, gender identities, sexual orientations, family structures, economic positions, faith traditions, physical abilities, learning profiles, and nationalities. We believe that such inclusivity benefits our community and prepares our students to be culturally proficient, contributing members of the diverse and multi-faceted world they inhabit.

Guided by the Quaker principles of equality, mutual respect, and integrity, we recognize the innate worth and the "inner light" in everyone. The belief that we are all part of one human community influences all of our practices and reinforces our commitment to multicultural education. The faculty and staff  model and promote an appreciation for diversity in our academic curriculum, advisory program, speaker series, Learning Resource Center, and experiential learning programs.

Admissions and hiring committees at Tandem Friends School seek to attract and retain a diverse community of students, faculty, and staff. Financial assistance is available on a need basis to all in order to reduce socioeconomic barriers that might limit access to a Tandem Friends education.
    • Director of Diversity, Gordon Fields

      Director of Diversity, Gordon Fields

Contact our Director of Diversity, Gordon Fields, by email or by phone at 434-296-1303 x316 if you have questions about diversity at Tandem Friends.
    • White Privilege Conference
      Diversity Director Gordon Fields at White Privilege Conference
    • White Privilege Conference
      Diversity Director Gordon Fields at White Privilege Conference