Chart Your Course. Adjust Your Sails. Prepare for Adventure.
At Tabor Academy, “School by the Sea” is more than just a catchphrase. Our location allows Tabor students to be educated not only near the sea but also by the broad and powerful lessons our ocean home has to offer.
From the experiential learning our marine and nautical science electives offer to the unique leadership lessons learned aboard the SSV Tabor Boy; to the academic, service, and citizenship possibilities, along with excellent sports and recreation options, Tabor is perfectly situated as a place of personal and transformative learning.
It is exciting to consider the expanse of academic, service, and citizenship possibilities the bounty of our ocean home provides.
Designated as a Naval Honor School in 1941, Tabor’s nautical science electives allow students to test their knowledge and apply their skills in real-life situations -- and earn a Naval Honor certificate upon graduation. As one of just two Naval Honor Schools in the country, we have the privilege to nominate applicants directly to each of our nation's service academies.
Every few years, since the early 2000s, Tabor students have traveled to the Virgin Islands to conduct field research in collaboration with several government agencies on a long-term study of coral reef ecology, using the SSV Tabor Boy as home-base and a floating laboratory. In March 2019, a new land-based opportunity was created at the Gerace Research Centre in San Salvador, Bahamas, to continue our coral reef research, and help to repopulate decimated reefs by building a coral reef nursery. We now travel to Gerace twice a year in December in March with student researchers.
Oyster Farm & Aquaculture
Students gain hands-on experience in the growing aquaculture industry while supporting the Town of Marion’s shellfish propagation program by raising oysters from seed to replenish shellfish beds and provide environmental benefits to Sippican Harbor. Students also design and build aquaponic systems, growing sustainable food!
Sailing and Crew
Our crew teams escape the indoor rowing tank to take advantage of the spring morning calm for practice, while our sailors count on the consistent afternoon sea breeze that makes Buzzards Bay some of the best sailing water on the East Coast. Our accessibility, steps from the shore, allows athletes more time on the water.
Reflection and Recreation
All our students enjoy our ocean home for quiet reflection, active recreation, and for its incredible natural beauty. Watching the sunrise over Sippican Harbor is a "bucket list" item for most of our seniors; while all students can relax on the waterfront while playing volleyball, frisbee, or taking a swim.