The Taft School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
Tel: 860-945-7700
110 Woodbury Road
Watertown, CT 06795
  • Taft is one of the most rigorous and well-respected educational communities in the world.
  • It is also a school that lives its motto each day: NON UT SIBI MINISTRETUR SED UT MINISTRET
  • The school's motto, which translates to "Not to be served but to serve," permeates every aspect of the Taft community.
  • Taft`s 595 students, who hail from 33 states and 44 countries, love their experience not simply because they are challenged by the academic rigor they experience daily, but because they develop life-long friendships with faculty members and students alike.
  • No matter how hard they are working, Taft students celebrate their responsibility as human beings to serve rather than be served.

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  • Class of 2016
    5 Stars   1/18/2017
    St. Olaf College
    We had the Jigg shop which was a central hang out spot for ALL of the students on campus. If you wanted to find someone, they were most likely in the Jigg.At Taft we had. . .

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Definition of Terms 
2017 School Data
The Taft SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG7-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18901910
Campus Size226 acres110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment595 students300 students
% Students of Color
33%
20%
% International Students
20%
20%
% Students Boarding
83%
68%
Average SAT Score1330* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1240 - 1410-
Average ACT score30*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeCasualCasual
Average Class Size11 students12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio1:51:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2917
ESL Courses OfferedNoYes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
75%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes

Finances

Endowment Size$238.3 million$17 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$59,000$53,300
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$44,000$28,560
% Students on Financial Aid
35%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant43000$22,730
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT83%-
Acceptance Rate
21%
55%
Director of AdmissionsPeter Frew
Associate Director of AdmissionsSuzanne Campbell

Course Listings

List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered2917
CoursesAP American Government, AP Art History, AP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Capstone, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese Language, AP Comparative Government, AP Computer Science A, AP Computer Science AB, AP Economics (2 exams), AP English Language and Composition, AP English Literature and Composition, AP Environmental Science, AP European History, AP French Language, AP Latin: Vergil, AP Physics B, AP Physics C, AP Psychology, AP Spanish Language, AP Statistics, AP Studio Art, AP U.S. History, Multivariable Calculus and Linear Algebra, Post-AP Biology, Post-AP Chinese Essays and Discussion, Post-AP French Literature, Post-AP Hispanic Literature, Post-AP Latin

Sports

# Interscholastic Sports Offered2414
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Cross Country Running, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Riding, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations6023
ExtracurricularsAIDS Awareness Club, Amnesty International Club, Art Club, Asian Club, C.H.A.T., Chamber, Chess Club, Class Committee, Collegium Musicum, Corridor Monitors, Day Student Council, Debate Club, Diversity Club, Fellowship of Christians at Universities and Schools (FOCUS), French Club, Harry Potter Club, Honor, I.S.P., International Club, Introductory Soccer, Introductory Squash, Introductory Tennis, J.E.T.S., Jazz Club, Jewish Student Organization, Math Club, Model UN, Outdoors Program, Perspective, Poetry Club, School Monitors, TAALSA (Taft Asian Afro-Latino Student Alliance)

Club or Organization:
Admissions Council, Economics Club, Japanese Club, Peer Tutors, Press Club, Red Inc. (Literary Magazine), Red Rhino Foundation, Republican Club, S.H.O.U.T., Spanish Club, Step Team, Student Ambassadors, Student Tutoring at Taft, Taft Environmental Awareness Movement, TEAM, The Annual (Yearbook), The Papyrus (School Newspaper), The Red Sweater Club, Tour Guides, United Cultures at Taft, Volunteer Council, WRED Radio

Arts and Music Programs:
Hydrox, Masque and Dagger, Oriocos

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Dance Club, Wall and Rock Climbing, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2011 - 201510 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Georgetown University35
Trinity College32
Cornell University22
George Washington University22
Tufts University21
Middlebury College, Boston College18
Wesleyan University, University of Virginia, New York University17
Bucknell University16
University of Southern California14
Bates College13
Link to Matriculation Data

School Notes

  • Taft is one of the most rigorous and well-respected educational communities in the world. It is also a school that lives its motto each day. Our motto, NON UT SIBI MINISTRETUR SED UT MINISTRET, which translates to "Not to be served but to serve," permeates every aspect of the Taft community. Taft`s 595 students, who hail from 33 states and 44 countries, love their experience not simply because they are challenged by the academic rigor they experience daily, but because they develop life-long friendships with faculty members and students alike. No matter how hard they are working, Taft students celebrate their responsibility as human beings to serve rather than be served.
  • School accreditations: NEASC, TABS, SSATB, CAIS
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