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Notes for Prospective Students
The Tatnall School comprises four divisions from age 3 through
- PRESCHOOL—The Tatnall Preschool combines
all of the elements necessary, including an experienced, fully
credentialed faculty, to engage the curiosity and imaginations of
our youngest learners.
Our award-winning facility was designed with
this group—ages three through kindergarten—specifically
Inside, children find learning centers and areas that
facilitate imaginative and cooperative play, quiet time for reading
books, group time and manipulative activities.
Outside our students
explore a play area designed by one of the country's foremost
This stimulating area includes
state-of-the-art equipment, an amphitheater/outdoor classroom, an
archeological "dig" site, water play areas, tricycle paths and
a Schoolyard Habitat certified by the National Wildlife Federation.
With great care and creativity, Tatnall Preschool teachers guide
children through early explorations of mathematics, language and
literacy, science, social studies, art, Spanish, music, technology
and developmental gym.
The student-faculty ratio of 9:1 allows
teachers and students to form close, trusting relationships.
head teachers also enjoy the support of assistants, professional
educational consultants, Upper School student volunteers and,
of course, parents.
LOWER SCHOOL—A Tatnall Lower School
student joins a community of learners.
Our homeroom teachers and
specialized faculty work together to create a unique experience for
each child based on a common Lower School mission: To inspire
self-discovery, moral courage and academic excellence in
Tatnall students learn how to learn and how to
confidently speak with adults in order to gather support, seek
counsel and generate ideas.
Our faculty builds relationships that
cultivate a safe environment where children can take risks and
apply their learning.
By encouraging inquiry, our students learn
how to learn, actively participate in their education and become
comfortable and confident interacting with adults.
our Daisy Values into our daily language reminds faculty and
students who we are and how we behave.
perseverance, compassion, honesty, respect and responsibility are
not just words to live by, but traits that are modeled, acted upon
visibly and frequently, expected and celebrated.
In addition to
core subjects that include instruction by specialists in their
fields, we also emphasize art, music, gym, technology and Spanish
Combined with an active and consistent community
service commitment, a Lower School student is prepared to meet the
challenges of Middle School.
MIDDLE SCHOOL—In Middle School, grades
5-8, every child experiences dramatic growth and change.
Tatnall, Middle Schoolers find the support, challenge and structure
to meet their rapidly evolving intellectual and personal needs.
faculty guide the development of each child during these critical
years through the use of a curriculum, activities and a schedule
that are matched to this unique age group.
The Middle School
academic program emphasizes higher order thinking skills such as
analysis, synthesis, problem solving and evaluation.
teaching teams take an interdisciplinary approach to learning
and pay particular attention to developing organization, writing,
study skills, inquiry, research, critical thinking and personal
responsibility. Our team approach gives students and faculty
a strong sense of identity.
Eight teachers comprise both the
fifth/sixth grade and seventh/eighth grade teams, in addition to
specialists in the arts, physical education and foreign
language. In a typical day, a Middle School student receives
instruction in math, science, language arts, social studies,
physical education, technology, the arts and foreign language.
Character development, physical development and social development
concerns are addressed in Life Skills seminars.
UPPER SCHOOL—Tatnall Upper School
students engage in all aspects of a rigorous college preparatory
program. Close relationships between teachers and students are
the hallmark of the Upper School community. Students stretch
themselves as they learn to take risks and to accept
challenges. The Upper School program inspires curiosity and
encourages students to become involved in a variety of activities
both inside and outside of the classroom as they prepare for
college and beyond.
pper School students schedule classes in an
academic program that provides foundation courses as well as a
large selection of Honors and Advanced Placement selections.
have the opportunity to participate in three drama productions each
year, create art in one of our two art studios, travel to our
European sister schools and perform in our chorus, band or strings
ensembles. Each sports season, students move to the fields and
the gyms to become members of teams that compete successfully at
the local, state, regional and national levels.
Our students grow
in their confidence and prepare for the opportunities and
challenges of a changing world. They learn how to solve
problems, create and to become individuals of character and
Upper School students are guided though our program by
teachers, counselors and individual advisers who join in
partnership with families to prepare our graduates for the
future. The Upper School is a wonderful, welcoming place for
students to find their passion and a love of learning.