Mission and Philosophy
The Tome School will embrace every grade from kindergarten to and through high school studies where young people may obtain proper preparation for the varied and important work of life.
Jacob Tome, Founder
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
The Tome School invests in the intellectual and personal promise of each student through its challenging, traditional college preparatory curriculum and its commitment to the development of core values of respect, responsibility and honesty.
Tome School is a community of students, parents, faculty, and staff who support each other in a commitment to intellectual exploration and lifelong learning. The dedicated faculty and staff challenge students to strive for both personal and academic excellence by teaching them to think independently, to work collaboratively, and to lead confidently. In addition, we provide them with the skills of critical thinking and effective communication essential to success in college and beyond. Through the school’s honor code, we foster in every student the courage and accountability that are the foundation of character, conduct, and citizenship. It is our expectation that the education here will inspire our young people to embrace their responsibilities to themselves, Tome School, and the world.
The Tome School’s roots lie in the vision of Jacob Tome (1810-1898), a merchant, banker, and philanthropist who lived most of his life in Cecil County, Maryland, and desired a means to give back to the community. He set out to create a school that would offer the finest of education to students willing to undergo its regimen, regardless of their families’ ability to pay the cost. His commitment to this vision was so passionate that he donated much of his considerable wealth to the creation of Tome. In announcing his preliminary plans in 1889, Mr. Tome said, “I have lived for fifty-six years in Port Deposit and have made my money there. I think it is only right that I should spend some of it for the good of the people there. My purpose is to erect and equip the necessary schools and laboratories for 500 children. I want to give them a practical education to fit them for the duties of life.”
The Tome School was built and flourished – eventually outgrowing its original buildings in Port Deposit. In 1971, the school moved to a hundred-acre property in North East, MD, and a new addition was put on the building in 2004. Today Tome School serves 500 students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. The school today continues to faithfully reflect its founder’s aims. The curriculum differs in many important respects, particularly in rigor, from that of typical American elementary and secondary education. Additionally, Tome was the founding school for the Cum Laude Society in 1906. It continues to value honor and academic excellence, balancing that with a wide variety of extracurricular activities, community service opportunities, and athletics.
No matter when you called Tome your second home, the sense of tradition and community remains. This page is meant to keep Tome alumni connected to the school, and each other. Check back often for information on upcoming events, class news, and much more.
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