Tabor Academy

66 Spring St - Marion, MA 02738 USA (508) 748-2000 http://www.taboracademy.org/
Day School | Boarding School

History

Tabor Academy was founded by Mrs. Elizabeth Taber in 1876. It was a time, as Mrs. Taber was clearly aware, of great national events: the Centennial Celebration of the Declaration of Independence and the Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia, as well as the end of the presidency of Ulysses Grant. A decade out from the end of the Civil War, much of the country was in an optimistic mood. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1876; Thomas Edison was close to discovering the electric light. Custer would make his "last stand" in the summer. Harvard and Yale would play their first Thanksgiving football game in the fall.

Mrs. Taber had grown up in Marion, Massachusetts, and spent her childhood along the shores of Sippican Harbor. She married Stephen Taber, moved to New Bedford, and became the mother of three children. While her husband achieved considerable wealth as both a clock maker and whale ship investor, Mrs. Taber’s life was shadowed by sadness. She saw all three of her children die in infancy, and after the Civil War her husband died as well. For a period of time, Mrs. Taber apparently lived in solitude in a New Bedford mansion, but then, in her mid-eighties, she underwent a kind of epiphany. She determined to make her life count for something good, so she returned to the town of Marion to begin a decade-long transformation of the place of her birth. She committed her great material gain to good use. She caused to be built parks, a library, the town’s Music Hall, and, finally, Tabor Academy, which she named, as a kind of theological pun and to expand its meaning beyond herself, for Mt. Tabor in the Holy Land. She housed her Academy in two Victorian structures on the corner of Spring and Main Streets in Marion. She also had built a large home for herself and the family of her first Headmaster. And, through her will, she charged the school always to improve itself: “… the character of the school,” she wrote, “should be gradually elevated and its scope enlarged [to serve] youth of all portions of the country ….”

Tabor Academy served students from the Town of Marion and surrounding communities like Wareham, Rochester, and Mattapoisett, and from time to time a few young men boarded at the school. The majority of students were young women, however, and the school prospered and grew for about twenty years.

Then, a series of financial catastrophes swept the country, and Tabor Academy, along with many of the New England town academies, began to wobble. In 1916 there were fewer than a dozen students, and the trustees contemplated a sale of the property to the town as a site for the local high school. However, three trustees prevailed over this plan and that year hired a new Headmaster, Mr. Walter Lillard. Mr. Lillard brought a fresh vision to the school, seeing at once that moving Tabor from its “in town” location to the seaside would make it unique among New England schools. He quickly convinced the trustees of the vitality of his vision and worked over the next twenty years to move Tabor Academy toward the sea. By the mid-1930s, Mr. Lillard had effected a dramatic “trade” with the town of Marion, exchanging the then Town Hall (now the current site of the Academic Center) and a small plot of land on Front Street for the Academy’s larger land and buildings. He managed to acquire nearly a half mile of salt marsh and fields and a few old “summer cottages,” and thus, “Tabor Academy, the School by the Sea” had its second founding.

Quickly, under Mr. Lillard’s leadership, the school grew ten-fold, and by the time all of the operation of the school moved to its current location, Tabor’s reputation as a unique and extraordinary place had been secured. Over the last seventy years Tabor has developed its extraordinary philosophy, program, and facility founded on its deep connection with the natural world, the spiritual legacy of the sea around us, and the common humility and dedication that life by the sea inspires.

Overview

Region
Boston MA Area
Providence RI Area
Program Emphasis
Boarding School
Day School
All Grades 9-12
Boarding Grades 9-12
Grade Divisions
Secondary
Religious Affiliation Nondenominational
Student Body Coed
Dress Code Semi-formal
School Setting Suburban
Campus Size (Acres) 85 Acres
Head of School John H. Quirk
Endowment 35,000,000

Admission

E-mail
Web Address http://www.taboracademy.org/
Director of Admission Andrew L. McCain
Admission Application Apply to Tabor Academy
Application Required Yes
Application Fee Amount $50 Domestic/ $100 International
Application Deadline(s) January 31st
Financial Aid Deadline(s) January 31st
Financial Aid Awarded $3,949,905
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid 30%
Admission Tests Accepted
SSAT
TOEFL
Day Student Tuition $35,400.00
Boarding Student Tuition $49,400.00
International Student Tuition $50,000.00

Student Enrollment

Total Enrollment 502
Boarding Students 357
Day Students 145
International
Canada
China
Germany
India
Jamaica
Japan
Korea
Mexico
Russia
Spain
Taiwan
Thailand
UK
Venezuela
United States
California
Colorado
Connecticut
Florida
Idaho
Illinois
Maine
Maryland
Massachusetts
Nevada
New Hampshire
New Jersey
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Ohio
Pennsylvania
Rhode Island
Texas
Vermont
Majority of students come from Northeast
% of Students of Color 6%
% of International Students 18%

Academics

Full Time Faculty 93
% of Faculty with Advanced Degrees 65%
% of Faculty with Masters 64
Student/Faculty ratio 6:1
Average Class Size 12
Special Academic Support Programs
ESL
A Sampling of Courses Offered
Algebra
American History
American Literature
Anatomy
Art
Biology
Calculus
Chemistry
Drama
English
English Literature
Environmental Science
European History
French
Geometry
Physics
Pre-calculus
Statistics
A.P. Courses Offered
Biology
Calculus AB
Calculus BC
Chemistry
English Language
English Literature
Environmental Science
European History
French Language
French Literature
German Language
Latin Literature
Macroeconomics
Physics B
Physics C
Spanish Language
Spanish Literature
Statistics
US History

College Placement Office

Average SAT I Scores (Math) 639
Average SAT I Scores (Verbal) 601
Dedicated College Placement Office Yes
Recent College Matriculations Link to our list:
http://www.taboracademy.org/podium/default.aspx?t=136119&rc=0
% of Graduates Who Attend College 100

Athletics & Extra-Curricular Activities

Athletics
baseball
basketball
crew
cross-country
field hockey
football
golf
ice hockey
lacrosse
other (sailing)
soccer
softball
squash
tennis
track and field
wrestling
Recreational Sports
volleyball
weight lifting
Extra-Curricular Activities
Asian Club
Audiovisual Club
Chorus
Community Service Program
Dance Club
Debate Club
Dorm Proctors
Gay/Straight Alliance
Habitat for Humanity
Honor Council
International Club
Literary Magazine
Math Club
Model UN
National Honor Society
Newspaper
Peer Tutoring
Photography Club
Radio Station
Recycling Club
Science Club
Ski Club
Student Government
Student Publications
Tour Guides
Yearbook
Young Democrats
Young Republicans

Notes

A big school program with a small school's humanity, Tabor Academy offers a rigorous academic program that includes 20 AP courses, and numerous honors level courses across the curriculum. Located on the picturesque shore of Sippican Harbor, Tabor's stunning oceanfront campus is home to 500 students from across the globe. Small dormitories, which average 18 students, provides an exceptional residential program and cultivates a strong sense of community. Tabor graduates often matriculate to the most competitive colleges in the country. In 2008, 90% of that class were admitted to one of their top three colleges, and 74% were admitted to their first choice. Outside the classroom, Tabor offers a wide range of after school activities that include four major drama productions, fifty interscholastic teams, (twenty-three of which compete at the varsity level) seven singing and four instrumental groups. New additions to our stunning campus include the Marine Science Center which opened in 2005 and the LEED Gold Certified Math & Science Center which opened in Sept. 2007. All new students are invited to Summer Orientation-at-Sea onboard our 92-foot schooner, the S.S.V. Tabor Boy.

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  • Financial Aid Deadline(s): January 31st
  • Financial Aid Awarded: $3,949,905
  • % of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 30%

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