Purposeful Learning

At Tatnall, we believe in purposeful learning that produces powerful outcomes. Our dedicated teachers are our greatest assets, helping each student realize his or her full potential through experiences in our classrooms and laboratories, and on our athletic fields and performance stages.

A Tatnall student engages in a challenging college preparatory academic program within an environment that provides every opportunity for success. Throughout their studies, students gain an expanded understanding of nature and society that forges the connections necessary to support the next level and, eventually, college.

Academic Achievements

  • Last fall, the ninth grade division of Tatnall's math team earned first place in the region.

  • Yifan Ma '15 successfully cloned and sequenced the GAPDH gene found in the native plants growing on Tatnall's campus. Before Yifan's independent research, the gene had not been determined in the plants with which Yifan was working.  

  • After making $2,094.98 in just 10 weeks, Connor '24 and Spencer '24 won the State of Delaware's fourth to sixth grade Stock Market Game.

  • During the 2016 Science Olympiad competition, Tatnall medaled in 7 events and earned 5 additional top-20 finishes.

  • After earning a gold medal on the National Latin Exam for each of his four years of study, The National Latin Exam Organization presented David Kaucic '16 with the Maureen O'Donnell Oxford Classical Dictionary Award. 

  • Tatnall's AP Psychology students presented their original experiments during the annual AP Psychology Conference - the only psychology conference in the U.S. that features students as presenters.

  • As part of the WeDo Robotics Club, Lower School students created motorized 3-D models with the help of a familiar toy - LEGOs! 

  • In the Preschool Creation Station, Tatnall's young inventors and engineers created everyday items, including binoculars and purses, using recycled materials.

  •  Katherine '21 won the annual Conservation and Poster Contest after she thoughtfully and creatively conveyed her knowledge about soil, water and other natural resources. 

  • Seven Tatnall seniors were named Commended Scholars in the 2016 National Merit® Scholarship Program.

For Tatnall Teachers, the Learning Never Stops

Recent examples of our teachers in action as outstanding educators:

  • Along with Early Childhood Head Aimee Neff, Carli Brumfield and Janice Dries attended an informative conference about students' emotional preparedness at the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence.
  • Jeanne Poggi (Preschool) spent a week of the Teachers College of Reading Institute at Columbia University. 
  • Casey Chipman, Rick Willard, Maureen Echtrenach and Michele Ciconte attended the intensive, week-long Columbia University Teachers Writing College. 
  • Colleen Hoban (Lower School) organized Delaware's first-ever EdcampDE, a professional learning collaborative.
  • Marc Scott (Middle School) participated in the workshop, "Secret Culture, Public Lives," after being selected as National Endowment for the Humanities summer scholar.
  • Sharon Kreamer (Upper School) traveled to an international horseshoe crab conference in Japan after being recognized as an expert in the field.
  • Dr. Dean Goodwin and Sharon Kreamer (Upper School) are both recipients of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Josh Gates (Upper School) was named a finalist in the prestigious awards program.