Tabor Academy

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Tabor Academy Photo #1 - Situated on the shores of Sippican Harbor, Tabor's 88-acre campus includes direct and immediate access to the water allowing for place-based learning like no other.
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Tabor Academy Photo #1 - Situated on the shores of Sippican Harbor, Tabor's 88-acre campus includes direct and immediate access to the water allowing for place-based learning like no other.
Tabor Academy Photo #2 - Place-based learning at its best. When you're the School by the Sea, naturally, your learning takes place, well, seaside. From marine biology to English reflections, teachers and students take full advantage of the environment in which we live in order to enhance the way we learn.
Tabor Academy Photo #3 - Tabor has 4 docks and over 100 "things that float" including a 92-foot double masted schooner that serves as a research vessel, sail boats, crew shells, and more.
Tabor Academy Photo #4 - The Stroud Academic Center is home to our humanities classrooms, administration offices, College Counseling, and several meeting spaces.
Tabor Academy Photo #5 - Head Coach Jeff Moore is taking over the Seawolves, bringing his HS and College coaching experience to the School by the Sea.
Tabor Academy Photo #6 - Tabor offers boys and girls ice hockey, with numerous players going on to play at the collegiate level. Colleen Coyne, Olympic Gold Medalist in women's ice hockey, is among Tabor's elite graduates.
Tabor Academy Photo #7 - Tabor is home to numerous indoor squash courts, and has elite players that have taken home top titles, including Seawolf Juan Torres Lara `24 who became the USJO U19 Champion in December 2022.
Tabor Academy Photo #8 - The School by the Sea is, of course, known for its sailing program, which now competes in both fall and spring seasons. Our new head coach, Andy Cornah, comes to us from the UK where he has made a name for himself earning numerous accolades and working with the British Olympic team.
Tabor Academy Photo #9 - From hydroponics and greenhouses to community service gardening, the hands-on learning and community life at Tabor is wide-ranging and enriching.
Tabor Academy Photo #10 - Science is more than just your typically biology and chemistry at Tabor. With a Marine and Nautical Science Center built over the water, a 92-foot schooner that serves as a floating research vessel, an Oyster Farm, a Wet Lab, an Observatory, and the shores of the Sippican Harbor lining our campus, the learning opportunities are endless and exceptional.
Tabor Academy is a coeducational boarding and day school serving grades 9-12.
Known as the School by the Sea, its location on the Sippican Harbor provides unique place-based learning opportunities that no other school can, including marine and nautical sciences, waterfront living, and nautical sports.
Tabor`s seaside location is a great connector to culture, history, and the future and provides context to interdisciplinary studies.
Your child`s second home here will be a quintessential resource for a remarkable education. Through relevant, hands-on, place-based learning and living, and studies from hydroponics to history, biology to literature, and sailing to ceramics, Tabor students learn "the what," but we also internalize "the why." Tabor students know we are participants in a world bigger than ourselves that requires diversity of thought and innovative solutions.
Our graduates see big possibilities and are ready to move on to greater adventures in life, inspired to have a positive impact on our world.

Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 531 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $74,400
  • Acceptance rate: 38%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Tabor Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for:

Category
Attribute
Sports offered
School History

School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
ADD/ADHD Support
Yes
Year Founded
1876
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
531 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
23%
State avg.: 30%
Students by Grade
Tabor Academy Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
84 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
6:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
73%
Average Class Size
13 students
List of Courses Offered
Advanced Courses
English: Multi-Genre Literature (Adv. Topics), English: Rhetoric & Composition (Adv. Topics), History: Macroeconomics (Adv. Topics), History: United States Government (Adv. Topics), History: US History (Adv. Topics), History: World History (Adv. Topics), Languages: French Language & Culture (Adv. Topics), Languages: French Literature & Film (Adv. Topics), Languages: Latin (Adv. Topics), Languages: Spanish Language & Culture (Adv. Topics), Languages: Spanish Literature/Arts/Music/Film (Adv. Topics), Math/Comp Sci: Calculus AB (Adv. Topics), Math/Comp Sci: Calculus BC (Adv. Topics), Math/Comp Sci: Calculus-Based Physics (Adv. Topics), Math/Comp Sci: Computer Science (Adv. Topics), Math/Comp Sci: Differential Equations & Linear Algebra (Adv. Topics), Math/Comp Sci: Multivariable Calculus (Adv. Topics), Math/Comp Sci: Statistics (Adv. Topics), Music: Madrigal Singers (Adv. Topics), Music: String Ensemble (Adv. Topics), Music: Wind Ensemble (Adv. Topics), Performing Arts: Advanced Acting & Directing, Science: Biology (Adv. Topics), Science: Calculus-Based Physics (Adv. Topics), Science: Chemistry (Adv. Topics), Science: Environmental Science (Adv. Topics), Science: Marine Science (Adv. Topics), Visual: Ceramics (Adv. Topics), Visual: Photo and Video (Adv. Topics), Visual: Studio Art (Adv. Topics)
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Formal
Tabor has 2 levels of dress: academic dress and formal dress

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Boarding $74,400 Day $56,100
Summer Program Cost Notes
Summer program costs vary by program. Visit us online at www.taborsummer.org to learn more.
% on Financial Aid
36%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$44,000
Acceptance Rate
38%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Eric Long
Admissions Associate
Andrew McCain
Endowment Size
$63 million

Sports

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
55 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.
Club or Organization:
Admissions Tour, Archives Interns, ASL, Astronomy Club, Baking Club, Black Student Union, Bowsprit Literary Magazine, Canoe Building, Card Game Clubs, Chess Club, Coffee Clubs, Community Service, Cooking Clubs (various), Dungeons & Dragons, Environmental Awareness (EA@TA), Fantasy Sports, GAINS (Girls Advancing in Science), Gay Straight Alliance (GSA), Habitat for Humanity, Hiking Club, Honor Society, Jewish Student Union, Literary Magazine, Marketing & Communications Interns, Math Club, Model UN, Mountain Biking Club, Movie Club, Newspaper, Oyster Farm club, Peer Listening, Proctors, Rock Climbing Club, Speech/Debate, Student Activities Committee, Student Council, Subbuteo, Yard Games, Yearbook

Arts and Music Programs:
Ceramics, Chamber Music, Chorus, Drama, Graffiti Club, Jazz Band, Tabor Rock Band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Archery, Bowling, Dance, Fishing, Intramural Hockey, Mountain Biking, Pickleball, Seawolf Cycling (Mountain Biking), Ultimate Frisbee

School Notes

Welcome to our School by the Sea. Here on the shores of the Sippican Harbor, you'll find a robust academic program with the heart of small school. Students receive personalized attention through small classes, an advising program, and our 7:1 Student/Teacher ratio. Tabor offers 48 Honors, Advanced Topics (Tabor's own verion of AP courses), and post AP courses, as well as the Naval Honor Certification Program and independent study opportunities.Tabor graduates often matriculate to the most competitive colleges in the country.
  • Tabor enrolls students demonstrating strong academic ability, who are motivated to succeed and demonstrate sound character. We care about our school and value emotional stability, prioritize balance in every student's life, and provide ample support.
  • At Tabor, your child will excel at whatever challenge is ahead because our team of talented faculty and staff inspires our students, athletes, and artists to bring out the best in themselves and each other.Working in synergy to engage each individual, our faculty, staff, and coaches sharpen students` intellectual inquisitiveness, athletic aptitude, and creative communication.As a result, Tabor students engage at a higher level than they thought possible, and graduates are more than prepared for the rigor required ahead.
  • Here at the School by the Sea,students thrive with appropriate support as they learn how to embrace challenges and prioritize balance. The care and attention your child will receive at Tabor will move you.Because Tabor uses both developmental expertise and a commitment to social-emotional well-being, each student benefits from relationships with many encouraging adults working in unison on their behalf.Balance practiced here further develops young adults who advocate for what`s important and work hard toward what they want out of life, while being comfortable with who they are.
  • Well-rounded students engage with existing interests while exploring new ones together, which creates a reinforcing ripple effect that drives students to further deepen and broaden their knowledge.Through collaboration and challenge, your child will confidently connect with what interests them, contributing to our well-rounded community.Tabor students enthusiastically pursue what they love and are ready to achieve great success in lives filled with opportunity.
  • You can't deny that we have a gorgeous waterfront campus, however, we are so much more than just a pretty view.Located on the picturesque shore of Sippican Harbor, Tabor's stunning 88-acre oceanfront campus is home to more than 530 students from around the globe. Small dormitories, which average 18 students, provides an exceptional residential program and cultivates a strong sense of community. Our newest building, the Travis Roy Campus Center, opened in March 2023 and provides a Student Union that is flooded with natural light, and filled with spaces for study, meetings, relaxing, and fun. The TRCC is also home to our new Cafe, Student Life Offices (including the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Belonging), as well as our Library, ASSIST Academic Support Center, and our newly endowed Tabor Archives, which has both a space upstairs for display and meetings, as well as a top notch storage facility in the basement of the building.
  • Outside the classroom, Tabor offers a wide range of after school activities that include major drama productions, fifty interscholastic teams, (twenty-three of which compete at the varsity level) seven singing and four instrumental groups. Tabor is a member of the ISL (Independent School League) and holds numerous accolades ranging from Sportsmanship Awards, Individual Records and Championship Titles, and Team Titles.
  • Tabor enrolls students demonstrating academic ability, strong motivation, sound character, emotional stability, and a willingness to participate fully in the school community. Tabor is founded on the belief that a healthy school community finds common ground while embracing differences and, therefore, accepts a racially, ethnically, religiously, economically, and internationally diverse student body. Tabor students are expected to respect one another and to care for their school.
  • Ready to learn more about Tabor and experience life at the School by the Sea yourself? Schedule your visit today. www.taboracademy.org/inquire
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Tabor Academy cost?
Tabor Academy's tuition is approximately $74,400 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Tabor Academy?
The acceptance rate of Tabor Academy is 38%, which is lower than the national average of 70%. Tabor Academy's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Massachusetts with low acceptance rates.
Does Tabor Academy offer a summer program?
Yes, Tabor Academy offers a summer program. Visit their summer school page for more information.
What sports does Tabor Academy offer?
Tabor Academy offers 18 interscholastic sports: Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball and Wrestling. Tabor Academy is ranked as one of the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for most sports offered.
What is Tabor Academy's ranking?
Tabor Academy ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Massachusetts for: Lowest average acceptance rates, Largest student body, Most sports offered, Most extracurriculars offered and Oldest founding date.
When is the application deadline for Tabor Academy?
The application deadline for Tabor Academy is Jan. 15.
In what neighborhood is Tabor Academy located?
Tabor Academy is located in the Marion Center neighborhood of Marion, MA. There are 1 other private schools located in Marion Center.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (7 reviews)
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Tabor Academy holds a special place in our hearts as a family. As a parent, I have been particularly impressed with Tabor Academy for its remarkable commitment to academic rigor and personalized advisor support. In my opinion, one of the most invaluable aspects of Tabor is its advisor support system. Each student is paired with a knowledgeable and caring advisor who serves as a mentor, advocate, and guide throughout their academic and personal journey. All three of my children's experiences, while each unique, have all been incredible thanks to the kind, supportive, and nurturing community. Tabor prepares students not only for academic success but also for a lifetime of meaningful contribution and fulfillment.
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At Tabor Academy, students are encouraged to excel academically, athletically, and personally. The dedication of the faculty and staff is unparalleled, and their support has made a difference in our children's journey. One aspect that stands out is the balance between academics and athletics. The demanding academic curriculum has challenged our daughters intellectually and taught them discipline and dedication that extends beyond the classroom. As our daughters are both three-sport athletes, we've encountered many great coaches who not only focus on skill development but also on fostering teamwork, leadership, and sportsmanship. The camaraderie and support network within the Tabor community is unparalleled, and it has been heartwarming to witness the genuine connections that our children have formed with their peers and mentors.In addition to the outstanding academic and athletic opportunities, Tabor also provides a variety of extracurricular activities and enrichment programs that allow students to explore their interests and passions outside the classroom. The transformative impact it has had on my children's lives is immeasurable, and I am immensely grateful for the incredible education, mentorship, and support they have received.
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Tabor Academy has helped my kids thrive academically, athletically, and artistically. Whether it's managing football, or playing squash, art in the ceramics room, or out on a boat learning about the ocean- my kids are involved all across the campus. The curriculum and the unwavering support from the teachers will help guide my children's future endeavors in college. They are able to self-advocate and know how to address teachers when they are having trouble learning a new concept. Each teacher shows compassion and kindness. Socially there are so many opportunities for students to engage with a diverse group of peers. From trips to Boston to the math team, to peer tutoring, and all sorts of various clubs. We also have spring break trips for sports, and other amazing opportunities like research projects in the Bahamas - helping coral restorations, to our beautiful Tabor Boy experiences. To the incredibly talented theater nights, dance recitals, to open mic, to a JV girls hockey game, or any sporting event- Seawolves Show Up! Tabor has so much to offer being a school by the sea!
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My son is currently a junior at Tabor Academy. From day one, he quickly made friends, learning from current students and faculty how to successfully navigate expectations and help guide him through the past three years. This school has a kind and inclusive community, and the campus is safe and charming. The teachers have provided a fantastic education, preparing him for college while being connected and caring, making the environment truly special.
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Tabor Academy has been an incredible experience for our daughters and we could not be happier with the school. The campus by the sea is beautiful and safe. The faculty and staff are extremely attentive and supportive, and academics are strong and challenging. Our daughters are varsity sport athletes and the athletic teams are competitive and inclusive. Tabor also has an impressive academic exchange and travel program, allowing one of our daughters to spend her spring break at the Rysensteen Gymnasium in Copenhagen this year! Tabor truly is a special place!
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Since starting at Tabor freshman year, we have seen tremendous growth in both of our sophomore children, who are boy and girl twins. They have gained independence and learned how to advocate for themselves when in need of assistance or guidance. The academics at Tabor have been challenging in a very positive way. The teachers/staff have been terrific, they are always available for extra help and have been very responsive to all of our needs. The kids have developed close friendships with other students from all over the world which we believe they will continue to nurture for the rest of their adulthoods. Each of our kids plays several sports also which has been a very positive part of the Tabor community experience.
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Quick Stats (2024)

  • Top Ranked MA School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Enrollment: 531 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $74,400
  • Acceptance rate: 38%
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15
  • Source: Verified school update

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