Tara isn’t just a high school for me; it’s a way of life, and what I strive for in my everyday experiences.
Alumna, Class of 2011
The four years at Tara felt like an immersion experience. Everything we learned seemed meaningful to me.
Alumna, Class of 2001
As a direct result of my varied and intense high school education, exploring life outside my comfort zone has always felt natural and exciting.
Alumna, Class of 2001
Tara has taught me to focus thoroughly and participate in the actions of my existence.
Tara has taught me to listen first and judge later.
Tara has taught me to look at the details for a more in-depth understanding of the subject.
Tara has taught me how to find something to enjoy in every class, every job, every activity no matter how ridiculous or mundane.
Tara has taught me how to present myself in order to be understood in the way I desire.
Tara has taught me the importance of receptivity and gratitude.
Tara has taught me to recognize life as a living process in which the understandings that I receive from my experiences change over time.
Tara has taught me to reflect and observe those sometimes subtle yet substantial changes.
Alumna, Class of 2010
My internalization of the substance policy ran along a continuum from ninth to twelfth grade. As I revisited my commitment each year it solidified my values a little more each time. What started as a choice in ninth grade became a fully embodied and conscious lifestyle in twelfth grade.
Alumnus, Class of 2011
I have been having an indescribably amazing time here in Ecuador. We recently returned from a three week expedition on foot, bicycle and raft that took us over the Andes and down into the jungle. The most amazing part of it was the indigenous communities we visited along the way. The native cultures are still very much alive here, and to experience the culture and traditions side by side with the people here who invited us into their homes was a dream come true.
Being here, encountering all of these new experiences and challenges and living as part of a group has made me realize even further how well Tara prepared me for life. Time and time again I have been filled with gratitude for the gifts that you and the Tara community gave to me. I learned how to express myself, how to work in harmony with a group, how to set my own goals and follow them through, how to understand other people and their cultures…and there is so much more for which I am grateful to you. Thank you for everything.
Alumna, Class of 2012
As everyone was heading back to school in September, I felt as if I were climbing a staircase in the dark, and extending my foot expecting yet another step, but startled to find my foot land on a floor instead. Something which my subconscious expected to find anew every September was suddenly not there. Although I was always grateful for my schooling during four years of Tara, it is only this year that I fully realize what a gift it is to be able to head home every day exhausted from creating wonderful art, always working towards a goal that is bigger than yourself. I think that the current Tara students are a little envious of us graduated students’ new freedoms and opportunities, when in fact my former classmates and I are all envious of the many trips, performances, and harmonies awaiting these current Tara students. We all now realize the value of this precious school, and we hope that the journeys in store for these Tara students are every bit as fulfilling and wild as they were for us.
Alumnus, Class of 2009
I really wanted to write and thank you for all that you have done for me. I didn’t realize how well Tara prepared me for college until I got here. All my new friends seem to be in a constant state of panic over homework and such. However, I feel like I have all the time in the world, considering the work load of my senior year. The academics at Puget Sound are very competitive but I am doing very well. Before I got my first essay back, my professor gave a long speech about how the average college freshman’s grade goes down almost a full letter grade from their average grade in high school. He said that the average Puget Sound student got a B-. I actually ended up being pleasantly surprised when I got an A-. I'm doing just as well in all my classes. The only class I didn’t get prepared for at Tara is Chinese, but even in that class I find that the work ethic Tara gave me makes it much easier.
Alumna, Class of 2009
Note: The above are actual quotes from letters and student journals. The names of students and parents are withheld per Tara’s policy regarding privacy.