Tandem Friends School

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Tandem Friends School
279 Tandem Lane
Charlottesville, Virginia 22902
United States
Type Private, Quaker
Established 1970
Founder John Howard and Duncan Alling
Campus Director Tom O'Connor (middle school)
Peter Gaines(upper school)
Headmaster Ed Hollinger (interim)
Grades 5-12
Gender Co-Educational
Enrollment ~220
Color(s) Dark green and white          
Athletics Delaney Athletic Conference; no-cut policy
Mascot Quakers
Accreditation VAIS

Tandem Friends School is a coeducational secondary school founded in 1970 in Albemarle County, Virginia,[1] just outside Charlottesville, by educators John Howard and Duncan Alling.[2] In 1995, it joined the Friends Council on Education, adopting the educational beliefs and practices of the Quakers. The current head of school is Ed Hollinger. The Upper School, grades 9-12, has approximately 100 students, while the Middle School, grades 5-8, has approximately 120 students. The head of the Upper School is Peter Gaines, and the head of the Middle School is Tom O'Connor. Tandem is located on 279 Tandem Lane. The mascot is a Quaker, though the original mascot was a badger. When the mascot was changed in 2015, there was a good deal of resistance from students concerning the fact that though the school is technically Quaker, very few students are Quaker. Students felt misrepresented, the more so since the badger was a mascot the students had chosen themselves, whereas the Quaker was imposed upon them. The logo is the historic main building (originally a plantation house and later a Civil War hospital), which is thought by some to be haunted.


Founded in 1970, Tandem is the first Friends School in the U.S. that started as a non-Quaker School. The school is accredited by the National Association of Independent Schools and the Virginia Association of Independent Schools and is a member of the Friends Council on Education.[3]


Longstanding Tandem traditions include Morning Meeting, Meeting for Worship, Spring Day, Blue Ridge Day, Wednesday Pancakes, Speaker Series, Emphasis Week, Sophomore Seminars, and Senior Projects.

The Saturday before Mother's Day has been the date of the annual Mother's Day Music Festival, a small festival to honor mothers and to showcase local musicians. A notable past act to play on the quad at Tandem Friends School for the Mother's Day Music Festival was the Dave Matthews Band.


Tandem Friends School fields up to eighteen sports teams and maintains a no-cut policy. The athletic director at Tandem is Al Sadtler. The school competes in the Delaney Athletic Conference.

The Varsity Girls' Soccer Team won the VISAA Division II State Championship in the Spring of 2010, and repeated in Spring of 2011 and Spring of 2012.[4]

Arts Program[edit]

Tandem Friends School has an Arts program that encompasses visual arts, drama, digital film, and music. Drama and art are each taught for one semester each year in the Middle School grades. Each grade in the Middle School puts on a play during the year. Art electives abound in the Upper School, as well as drama classes and an after-school drama program that presents a musical in the fall, a one-act play festival in the winter, and a comedy or drama in the spring.

5th through 7th graders take regular music classes. The school has a jazz band, Rock and Roll bands, as well as other music class offerings. Tandem sports two fully equipped music rooms, with guitars, basses, and a drum kit, as well as many other instruments for performing and recording.


  1. ^ GIS Web Albemarle County retrieved 10 July 2009.
  2. ^ Tandem History Tandem Friends School, retrieved 10 July 2009
  3. ^ "Tandem Friends School". friendscouncil.org. Friends Council on Education. Retrieved 26 May 2016. 
  4. ^ staff report (21 May 2011). "STAB girls' lacrosse, Covenant boys' tennis, Tandem girls' soccer teams win state titles". Daily Progress. Charlottesville, Va.: Media General. Retrieved 23 May 2011. 

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Coordinates: 37°59′45″N 78°29′30″W / 37.99583°N 78.49167°W / 37.99583; -78.49167