Empowering young students to succeed in college and live purposeful lives was Mrs. Frances D.S. Tatnall’s dream. In 1930, she converted the first floor of her home into a school. The first class of 23 girls met in her living room to be nurtured and challenged by teachers who knew them well. The girls were exposed to an innovative curriculum that offered a balance of challenging academics and activities to strengthen their curiosity, character, compassion and spirit.
Although times have changed, Tatnall maintains its core value of “family,” focusing on each child’s needs and abilities. Today, more than 600 boys and girls, from Preschool through 12th grade, are engaged and inspired by Tatnall’s exceptional faculty and staff, compelling programs and idyllic 110-acre campus with adjoining 400 acres of natural habitats. Best practices inform all we do, yet cultivating transformational relationships remains at the core of our mission. We believe that students learn best when they are well-known, so we partner with parents at every stage.
The Tatnall community values long-standing school traditions, while also embracing an innovative and collaborative spirit. Our learning spaces—classrooms, labs, performance and art studios, playgrounds, technology centers, forests and outdoor habitats, athletic fields and gymnasiums—hum constantly with activity. You will find our students to be talented, curious, active, fun-loving and involved. They savor their opportunities and value their adult mentors. They also know how to contribute in meaningful ways across the campus, as well as in their local and global community. Our graduates appreciate what it means to lead and serve. It is not surprising that Tatnall students, athletes, artists and alumni garner state and regional recognitions each year.
Our motto, Omnia in Caritate (All Things in Love), best describes the atmosphere you will find here. I encourage you to arrange a visit with us to learn more about this remarkable family school. During your visit, expect to encounter educational excellence, teachers with passion, joyful learning, friendly smiles and an authentically warm Tatnall School welcome.
Charles A. Tierney III
Head of School