There are many things that our international students must do to make the journey to Tabor in the fall. We hope you will find the information contained here helpful as you prepare for the coming year.
Arrival We ask you to arrive between August 24 and August 31, preferably the scheduled dates corresponding to your class year. We strongly encourage you, if possible, to do PCR COVID19 testing at home before you depart, within 72 hours of your arrival at Tabor, and bring or email the result to us.
To reduce the density of students and families on campus each of our arrival days, we have set three days in August for student returns, bringing our newest students back first so they can become oriented to the campus facilities prior to the arrival of returning students. More details will follow regarding the orientation schedule, arrival times, and plans for families while here on campus.
August 29: All 9th graders, Boarding Proctors
August 30: New 10th and 11th graders, All 12th graders
August 31: Returning 10th and 11th graders
We will also be limiting the number of family members who can come to campus with each student to two.
Communication Most of our communication with families will be done either electronically or will be posted on our website on your Child's page or the Resource Tab, each a password-protected section of our website. In order to access that information, you will need to be logged into the website. Grades and comments, as well as advisor letters, will be found in these secure locations. Please see this video to set up your parent website login, if you have not already. You can then visit the resource tile called "Using my TA" to help your new student set up their login.
If you need help with English, please email or call us for assistance.
Orientation Each new international student has one or more Global Partners, returning students who have volunteered to come early for International Orientation to help you. They will email you sometime over the summer to say hello and introduce themselves. Please reply to your Global Partner when you receive their email.
Questions Any questions you have about preparing for school, including financial accounts, academics, dormitory life, and the start of school should be directed to Steve Downes or Rick DaSilva. They will be able to help you in most cases, and if needed, will forward your email to the correct school office. Mr. Downes and Mr. DaSilva are the main points of contact for international students and parents from your enrollment through the start of school, and they will be central to many aspects of school life after that. Click here to view answers to common questions regarding Tabor's Fall Reopening Plan.
Travel Planning As soon as possible, please confirm to us your arrival plans. If you plan to arrive in the New England area early to quarantine, please give us a call. If you need help with transportation from the airport to arrive at Tabor, Mr. Downes and Mr. DaSilva will help coordinate this; email them to request any assistance.
Additional Fees There is a required annual fee of $1,400 to cover additional services provided to International students, including US citizens who live overseas, and citizens of other countries who live in the United States. Comprehensive Health Insurance is required, and the school plan is offered for $1,950 annually. With rare exceptions, International families choose this plan. These fees will be billed separately after enrollment agreements are completed.
We look forward to welcoming you to Tabor in the fall.
Steve Downes joined the Tabor faculty in 1985, and teaches Modern World history. He earned degrees from Harvard College and Johns Hopkins University. He also teaches Chinese language classes, and coaches boys varsity squash. Steve is Director of Tabor’s Center for International Students, and helps to organize and lead exchange and service trips overseas.
Mr. Richard DaSilva Jr. 89
History Teacher/Assoc. Dir. of Int'l Center
Univ. of Massachusetts - Dartmouth - B.A. Tabor Academy
Rick DaSilva ‘89 returned to Tabor in 1999 after teaching at Old Rochester Regional High School and the Knight’s Home. He holds a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts and teaches history and is Assistant Director of the Center for International Students. A houseparent in Lillard, he coaches lacrosse and basketball. He enjoys traveling, and has coordinated and chaperoned summer trips to Thailand, Cambodia, Tibet and China.
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