Tandem Friends School

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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.Friends Council on Education (FCE)
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Virginia Association of Independent Schools (VAIS)
Religious AffiliationFriends
Grades OfferedGrades 5-12
Year Founded1970

Student Body

Total Students231 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 26%
Students by Grade Tandem Friends School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers35 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size13 students
Number of AP Courses8 courses
Advanced CoursesCalculus AB, Calculus BC, English, European History, French, Government, Latin, Spanish, Statistics, US History
Average ACT score30
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition Notes5TH - 6TH $23,800 7TH - 11TH $24,900 12TH $26,000 International student fee: $7,000
% on Financial Aid
Admissions DirectorMary Lyman Bias


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBasketball, Cross Country, Lacrosse, Soccer, Track and Field, Ultimate Frisbee, Volleyball, Winter TrackBasketballCross Country,
Track and FieldUltimate Frisbee,
VolleyballWinter Track,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.17 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art Club, Chess Club, Creative Writing Club, Diversity Council, Drama Club, Fencing, 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

  • The Best Learning Happens in Tandem.  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. 
  • Tandem Friends School offers a rigorous college preparatory curriculum in an environment built on Quaker values. We are a coeducational day school serving students in grades 5 through 12. Our students receive an education in which intellectual, ethical, artistic, and athletic ideals are pursued. We foster capable students who: value a spiritual, egalitarian, kind, and creative community; thrive on independent, imaginative thought; are fully engaged in learning; and, seek the best from themselves and their community.

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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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