At Tabor, one of your most surprising academic strengths will be your friends. They will help you through that chemistry problem you just can’t get right, and they will revel with you in your academic victories. You may find yourself celebrated for pointing out the elegance of an algebra equation, for designing a 3-D chess piece, or for articulating the point that wins the debate in history class. When you have classmates who value learning, you become a better student.
Value of a Team
At Tabor, being a teammate is about more than who runs the fastest or throws the furthest; it’s about the value of the team itself. Our teams are groups of friends working to stage the winter play - or soccer players who sing the whole way to an away match (and the whole way back, too). We are students and faculty harvesting the oyster farm - or clearing an elderly neighbor’s backyard after a windstorm. While we have many teams at Tabor, we all learn the same lesson: we may go faster on our own, but we go further working together.
At its simplest, our school motto All-A-Taut-O means “shipshape.” In our community, All-A-Taut-O reminds us that we are united by purpose and a shared set of values, striving toward a common goal. On a ship, it’s a crew working to reach a port of call. At our school, it’s students and faculty pulling together - organized, ready to go, and always with the stars on top.
School by the Sea
For some of us, it’s synonymous with our student sailors tacking up the harbor, or our girls crew team pulling hard together and in sync. To others, it’s the opportunity to study marine biology with a complex marine ecosystem right here in our backyard, or to read Moby Dick by the very waters where it’s set. For all of us, it’s the light on the harbor before All-School meeting, the moonrise through the windows of the dining hall, and the stunning beauty of Sippican Harbor as the backdrop to our lives at Tabor Academy.
Tabor students grow into their independence, each year taking on more responsibility. First-year students have supervised study halls; seniors choose where to study. Our kids quickly find their balance, learning how to manage class time, study time, sports and the all-important downtime. They may design an independent study or choose to go for a Naval Honors Certificate; they may discover they have a talent for Photoshop or a yen to sing at Open Mike Night. It is in the process of self-discovery that they find true independence.
Right Size School
Our classes are small – on average just 12 students – and our curriculum extensive. Perhaps you will find a passion for nautical science or fall in love with Ancient Greek. Our school is small enough to forge a strong sense of community, but large enough – and diverse enough – that you can always make a new friend. Whatever you choose to pursue, you will be joined by an involved faculty and supportive classmates. Here, there is room for you to be you, but you are always one of us.
Service to Others
At Tabor, service to others is both formal and informal, public and private. Twice each year, the Tabor community offers a Morning of Service. Students and faculty fan out to the surrounding towns, sorting clothing at Gifts to Give, helping to re-stock a local food pantry, tutoring elementary students, and clearing trails at the nearby lands trust. Throughout the year, smaller groups continue the effort, volunteering weekly. Tabor life is busy, but service to others widens our perspective to a world beyond our own.
On Tuesday nights, we host a seated dinner in the Johnson Dining Room, where we hang the flag of every country represented in our community. This year we have thirty-one. When we gather to share a meal, we are surrounded by a swirl of colors and shapes representing the vast histories, cultural experiences, and ethnic traditions that have all come together to create this one moment at Tabor Academy. Everyone has a seat at a table. As a group, we are all Seawolves, but the strength in that word comes from the individual and unique path each of us has walked to get here.