Tandem Friends School Mission: Rooted in Quaker values, Tandem Friends School prepares young people for higher education and fulfilling lives of integrity, creative expression and service.

Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 5-12
  • Students: 238 students
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

Top Rankings

Tandem Friends School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Virginia for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 5-12
Year Founded

Student Body

Total Students
238 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 29%
Students by Grade
Tandem Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
13 students
Number of AP Courses
8 courses
Advanced Courses
Calculus AB, Calculus BC, English, European History, French, Government, Latin, Spanish, Statistics, US History
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Tuition Notes
5TH - 6TH $23,800 7TH - 11TH $24,900 12TH $26,000 International student fee: $7,000
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Mary Lyman Bias



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
16 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Art Club, Chess Club, Creative Writing Club, Diversity Council, Drama Club, Film Club, Friends Council, GSA, Knitting & Fiber Arts Club, Model United Nations, Science Olympiad Team, Student Movement Against Climate Change, Student Newspaper, Student Senate

Arts and Music Programs:
Quaker Notes, Upper School Drama

School Notes

  • What happens when young people are given the chance to truly explore their imaginations, express their inner light, contribute to their community, and collaborate in their education? They become their boldest selves - and they grow, together, into engaged, inspired and purposeful change-makers. For 50 years, Tandem Friends School has been the place for these daring doers: the big dreamers who embrace the beauty and power of ideas and self-expression; the purposeful learners who have an unabashed enthusiasm for discovering knowledge; the independent thinkers who care about the world and want to change it for the better. 
  • Here, students in grades 5-12 benefit from a progressive, purpose-based approach to education, as they build a lifelong respect for learning on a foundation of:
  • Freedom with Responsibility: TFS students are trusted as active partners in their education, embracing the joys of exploration, inventive learning, and risk taking, while always weighing the consequences of their actions. 
  • Kindness & Wisdom: Our academic program not only emphasizes individual thought, expression, and curiosity, but also shared intention and service to others - resulting in engaged and self-assured graduates who embrace their unique gifts while cultivating community.
  • Creativity & Integrity: By prioritizing both academic and creative pursuits, TFS helps students let their lives speak while challenging them to take initiative in their own growth and development. When students learn and share in a community that recognizes their unique voices, values both creative and academic challenge, and acts for peace and justice, it`s no surprise that tomorrow`s leaders grow in Tandem. 
  • Ready to join them? Experience the Tandem difference.
Profile last updated: 07/21/2021

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
Tandem Friends School is the best independent school option in the greater Charlottesville area for middle and high school students -- if our kids hadn't gone to Tandem Friends, they would have gone to one of the very good local public schools. However, because of tracking in the public schools, our kids would not have had as complete a school experience as they had at Tandem. Here, they got to know their teachers, staff, and fellow students in a much more authentic way across boundaries like age, interest area, etc. Everyone knows everyone well and participates in the community as a whole person. Teachers and staff are very committed to helping everyone navigate challenges and celebrate successes. My kids were incredibly well prepared for both the academic and social aspects of their college experiences, and I'm incredibly grateful to this wonderful school community for helping each of them to learn and grow into responsible, hard-working, compassionate, and emotionally intelligent young adults.
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Tandem is the most inclusive, creative school my kids have attended. Everyone is welcome and everyone is valued. The applied learning across disciplines is challenging. The teachers are very accessible.
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Quick Stats (2021-22)

  • Top Ranked VA School
  • Grades: 5-12
  • Students: 238 students
  • Average class size: 13 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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