Tandem School was founded in 1970 by John Howard and Duncan Alling, two men with wide experience as teachers and administrators in large, 独立寄宿学校. 两人都熟悉夏洛茨维尔地区, and felt there was a need for a school in the community which would present an alternative approach to education. 他们的哲学是, 在某种程度上, based on the conviction that the processes of maturation and academic development need an environment in which there is a close and trusting relationship between faculty and the students, 对价值观和思想的自由检验, and an approach to decision making which involves the whole school community. The founders also envisioned a school dedicated to an economically and racially diverse student body, 以及一个包含艺术的课程, 环境管理和社区服务, 除了学术上的严谨.
虽然成立于1970年, shortly after segregation academies proliferated throughout the state of Virginia, Tandem School was from its outset an inclusive school; the intention of the schools’ founders was to provide a racially integrated, 经济的多元化, 还有男女同校的私立学校选择. 除了提供严谨的学术, 这所学校从成立之初就拥抱艺术, 环境管理, 以及社区服务. 董事会被要求提供服务, and the school was chartered as a non-profit corporation before its opening in September of 1970.
最初, the school was located in a two-story brick house on the banks of the Rivanna River (see the drawing in the banner above, 由以前的美术老师完成). In 1972, 学校搬到了Hillcrest,一座19世纪中期建造的大房子, 占地23英亩(现为31英亩). 这个站点提供了足够的教室, 实验室, and athletic space for approximately 85 students in grades 9-12. Tandem proudly opened its doors as the first area independent school that was both integrated and coeducational.
In 1983, Tandem School opened a 中学 serving grades 5-8, and was accredited by the Virginia Association of Independent Schools. 1982年至1995年, the school's enrollment grew from approximately 90 to 130 students, 社区服务也增加了新的项目, 体育课, 音乐, 和戏剧.
In 1995, Tandem School变成了一所“被说服”的朋友学校, being one of the only non-denominational schools in the United States to formally adopt the philosophy and practices of Quaker education, 更名为推荐可靠的网赌网址, and became a member of the Friends Council on Education. An ambitious physical plant expansion was also undertaken, which resulted in three new buildings: the Community Hall, 健身房/领域的房子, 和数学/科学大楼. 1995年至2004年, enrollment at 推荐可靠的网赌网址 steadily increased to its optimum total of 240 students.
In 2021, a new Pavilion construction project was begun behind the Community Hall. The completed Pavilion serves as a multi-purpose meeting and dining space.