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Tandem Friends School

Private | 5-12 | 205 students

Close student/teacher relationships, hands-on learning, no standardized testing
 
 

 
 

Living in Charlottesville

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $246,300. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $990.

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4 stars

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2013:
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2012:
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2011:
Based on 4 ratings

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Posted May 31, 2014

for theatre, arts and language only Great staff, happy environment, best for struggling kids socially or those with learning disabilities or behavior problems. Average or gifted students will be fine in public school or other private schools with structured courses and rigorous academic standards (example- Tandem students may retake failed exams over and over until they get a good grade so as not to hurt the student's feelings). Gifted students are considered challenging. The math and science department is minimal. Graduates go to liberal arts colleges or have wealthy parents to carry them through life in other ways.


Posted December 4, 2013

Tandem is an amazing school, I am currently a student there and I LOVE it. The teachers really get to know and understand the students and vice versa. I have many friends here and I would recommend it to anyone who can afford the tuition


Posted May 11, 2013

Tandem is a special school, with a culture that reflects its Quaker values and an emphasis on independent exploration. It offers a sufficiently broad curriculum to challenge the academically gifted and motivate those who have learning difficulties. The teachers love their jobs and their students and the care they bring to their profession makes a personal difference in students' lives. It is a small school (200 plus) which has pros and cons. Financially, the school finds it hard to make ends meet, especially as it must compete with its much better endowed neighbor, St. Anne's. It is going through a growth transition where it must be careful not to lose its culture, values, and supportive, creative environment. If your child would flourish in a place where everyone knows his name and 12th graders are buddies with 5th graders, consider Tandem. If your child wants a football team and marching band and 40 different AP courses to choose from, this is the wrong place.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 8, 2011

TFS is an academically rigorous school with a heart. The outstanding faculty nurtures the best in the students in a supportive, cooperative community. The new head brings great ideas and passion to 21st century education that is inspiring to the students, faculty and parents. In addition to the academics, the school places importance on community service and a student's life in his or her community. We are very pleased with the well rounded education that our child is receiving.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 13, 2011

My daughter started here in 5th grade, and is now in 11th. She has had a fabulous education, and a great human experience as well. The community provides kids with valuable experience of understanding other people's needs as well as your own. The excellent new principal who started in July 2011 brings a new energy to the school, while continuing to respect what is already great about it.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 1, 2011

We only have experience with the High School portion at TFS and have been VERY happy with the environment, the education, & the community. They really do try to teach students to think and stretch themselves and it IS academically challenging. The admin & faculty has worked wonderfully with us and our student to ensure he is challenged and has access to excellent instruction in science, math, language, history - you name it. There are plenty of AP classes and excellent college guidance. We are very pleased.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 5, 2011

Much of the faculty works hard to help the students but the administration is an ongoing fiasco interfering with Tandem's functioning as a serious school. The social pressure from above at the school is rigid, and administration behavior is often hasty, unexplained and callous.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

I used to go to Tandem Friends, and it was by far the best school I have ever been to. The environment is great, the classes are engaging, and the teachers really know what they are doing. I will always miss it.
—Submitted by a student


Posted October 23, 2007

The one on one feel with teacher and student is fantastic! The school really prepared me for college and in fact I went to college with a full year ahead of all other students.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 23, 2007

We love the spirit of cooperative inquiry that motivates students and teachers to learn together here. Tandem is truly a community--from the classroom, to extracurriculars, to the stellar arts and music department. when my high-achieving middle schooler moved from a small school that bills itself as being for 'intellectually advanced students' to Tandem, it was like someone turned on a light bulb in his brain: he thrives on the independence, the small classes, the nurturing environment we have found at Tandem. We have found it to be a very special place.
—Submitted by a parent


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College readiness and student pathways

Students typically attend these schools prior to attending this school Local public schools
Free Union Country School
other local private schools
Percentage of students going to 2-year college 5% (2013)
Percentage of students going to 4-year college 95% (2013)
Percentage of students going to the military 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going to vocational programs 0% (2013)
Percentage of students going directly into the workforce 0% (2013)
Colleges most students attend after graduation University of Virginia
James Madison University
College of William and Mary
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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Assistant principal(s)
Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Computer specialist(s)
Librarian/media specialist(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by school staff French
German
Spanish
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Staff resources available to students
  • Computer specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Science lab

Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
  • Theory
Performing and written arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Literary magazine
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Kitchen

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
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School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:30 pm
School Leader's name
  • Andy Jones-Wilkins
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Phone
Gender
  • Coed
Boarding options
  • Day school
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Friends
Associations
  • FCE
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (434) 296-1886

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • Independent Study
  • Project-based
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

Don't understand these terms?
  • Religious
Bi-lingual or language immersion programs offered

Don't understand these terms?
  • No
Level of special education programming offered
  • None - the school offers no services
Foreign languages taught
  • French
  • Latin
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • None

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Assistant principal(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Computer specialist(s)
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Poetry/Creative writing teacher(s)
  • Tutor(s)
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • French
  • German
  • Spanish
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Remediation
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • Community college courses
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
Transportation options
  • None
School facilities
  • Access to farm or natural area
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Audiovisual aids
  • Auditorium
  • Cafeteria
  • Chapel/spiritual reflection center
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Kitchen
  • Library
  • Music room
  • Performance stage
  • Playground
  • Science lab
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • mountain biking, fencing
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • mountain biking, fencing

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Ceramics
  • Drawing / sketching
  • Painting
  • Photography
  • Printmaking
Music
  • Band
  • Choir / Chorus
  • Jazz band
  • Rock band
  • Theory
Performing arts
  • Creative writing
  • Drama
  • Improv
Media arts
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Community service
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Lesbian, gay, transgender club
  • Literary magazine
  • Model UN
  • Sewing/knitting club
  • Tinkerer's
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Bullying policy
  • This school has a bullying and/or cyber bullying policy in place.
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Coach sports teams or extracurricular activities
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize cultural events
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Present special topics during curricular units
  • Serve on school improvement team or governance council
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Volunteer time after school
More from this school
  • 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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What are your chances?

Students typically come from these schools
Local public schools
Free Union Country School
other local private schools

What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2013-2014 school year
$17000 - $19000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.

Planning ahead

Students typically attend these schools after graduating
University of Virginia
James Madison University
College of William and Mary
College preparation / awareness offered
College presentations or information sessions
Community college courses
SAT/ACT prep classes
Students' post-graduation plans in 2013
2 year college - 5%
4 year college - 95%
Military - 0%
Vocational - 0%
Workforce - 0%
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279 Tandem Ln
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Phone: (434) 296-1303

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