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What to Bring/Wear

What to Bring! What to Wear!

Your Dorm Room
The average student room is an 8’ x 11’ area in which the student keeps all of his or her belongings. A bed, desk, area to hang clothes, dresser, wall-to-wall carpet, trash can, and overhead light are provided and cannot be removed from the room.

Personal Belongings Suggested to Bring

All students must have facemasks. In accordance with Governor Baker’s guidelines for reopening and with the policies of Tabor Academy, all people must wear masks when social distancing is not possible. We also encourage students to bring multiple masks.

Residential students should pack in such a way that they could gather their belongings thoughtfully and efficiently if the need to leave campus arises:
  • limit the amount of clothing coming to campus with you
  • do not bring unnecessary items
  • extra-long sheets and pillowcases (these can be provided by E&R Laundry if you sign up for that service)
  • pillow, blankets and/or comforter
  • towels (may be provided by E&R Laundry if you sign up for that service)
  • desk lamp with a supply of replacement bulbs (60-watt equivalent or under)
  • power strip or grounded extension cord
  • alarm clock
  • personal computer (while most students bring MAC Laptops, PC are acceptable as well)*
    *this is required; due to COVID-19 restrictions, computers may not be available to borrow through the Hayden Library
  • hangers, laundry bag, detergent (free laundry machines, or see Laundry Services for sending out options)
  • posters or photographs (note: decorations may be mounted with “fun tack” or on wall strip only; no adhesive tape, tacks or nails may be used)
  • desk supplies (paper, pens, etc.)
  • current Tabor students recommend the following: a message board for the door, mug, water bottle, dry non-perishable snacks in an airtight tin, area rug, toiletries in a waterproof caddie

Students may mail boxes to Tabor during the summer after June 6.
  • Please address packages to the student’s name with “New Student” written next to it, Tabor Academy, 66 Spring Street, Marion, MA, 02738, USA.
  • New Students already attending a US school may send or drop off containers in June, for a storage fee of $10 per box. 
  • Boxes will be placed in student rooms shortly before the opening of school. 

The following items should not be in rooms:
  • weight-lifting equipment
  • microwaves, toaster ovens, refrigerators, space heaters, and other appliances
  • pets such as lizards, rodents, snakes, cats, birds, etc.
  • bicycles (there are bike racks outside dorms: locks are recommended)
  • holiday lights of any kind
  • powerful sound systems for music
  • any kind of hanging tapestry
  • candles, incense, lighters, fireworks or matches
  • used liquor bottles, beer cans, beer signs, alcohol, Juul, or tobacco advertisements
  • anything that can be construed as a weapon
  • couches/chairs or other furniture that will encourage students to congregate in dormitory rooms

Discretion should be used in deciding what possessions should be brought to school.

Suggested Clothing to Bring
For numerous reasons, including our need to focus on health, hygiene, and safety, we will be relaxing aspects of our school dress expectations. Details will be forthcoming, but as families begin to think about packing for school, they should know that formal wear (i.e. blazers, ties, and dresses) will not be necessary attire.

In accordance with Governor Baker’s guidelines for reopening and with the policies of Tabor Academy, all students must wear masks when social distancing is not possible. Students must bring their own facemasks. We are encouraging students to bring multiple masks.

School Day Dress Casual Dress
Dresses, skirts, dress pants/khakis Jeans, athletic pants
Ties, scarves, belts Athletic clothing & shoes
Blazers, jackets, sports coats T-shirts and sweatshirts
Blouses, collared dress shirts Nightwear: pajamas, robe, slippers
Dress shoes, boots, sandals  
Boat & water shoes, etc. (optional)  
Winter coat and boots  
Rain gear  
Hat, gloves, heavy socks  

Contact Info

Dean of Students: 
Dean of Studies:
Finance & Accounting:
Health Center:
School Forms:
Shipping & Receiving:

If English is not your first language, we can help: Please call 508.291.8300 or email us.

Mailing Address: 66 Spring St. Marion, MA 02738
Physical Address: 242 Front Street, Marion, MA 02738


Admissions Office: 226 Front Street, Marion MA 02738 | Mail: 66 Spring Street, Marion MA 02738 | 508.748.2000 |