The Taft School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
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 606 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  
    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 
2018 School Data
The Taft SchoolBoarding School Avg.
School FocusCollege PrepCollege Preparatory
Grades Offered9-12, PG9-12
School TypeCo-edCo-ed
Religious AffiliationNon-denominationalNon-denominational
Year Founded18901909
Campus Size226 acres106 acres

Student Body

Enrollment606 students318 students
% Students of Color
33%
22%
% International Students
20%
20%
% Students Boarding
83%
66%
Average SAT Score1370* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)1270 - 1495-
Average ACT score30*National Avg. » View
Offers Post-Grad YearYesNo

Academics and Faculty

Saturday ClassesYesNo
Frequency of Saturday ClassesWeeklyWeekly
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(no blue jeans or T-shirts)
Casual
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
73%
70%
Summer Program OfferedYesYes
Summer Program Cost$7,500
(Day student tuition for the summer program is $4,175)
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Finances

Endowment Size$259.6 million$20 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$61,200$55,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$45,600$30,155
% Students on Financial Aid
35%
37%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant$43,500$25,000
Merit Scholarships OfferedNoNo

Admission

Application DeadlineJan. 15Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized ApplicationNoNo
SSAT RequiredYesYes
Average Percentile SSAT83%-
Acceptance Rate
20%
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 Offered2415
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 Organizations6024
ExtracurricularsABLE, African Aid, Art and Literature Magazine, Battle of the Bands, boat-building, Cantabile Chamber Group, Cultural Coffeehouse, Dog Sledding, Emma Now- Student Run Blog, FABB - For A Better Beginning, Fair Trade Store, FOCUS- Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools, HIPnotic- School Step Team, Individual Music Lessons, Individual Vocal Lessons, Instrumental Lessons, Kent Daily Update (Student online news, info, contests), Kent News - Student Newspaper, Outward Bound, PHILA -Philanthropy Organization, Primes- Math Tutors, Reach For The Top, School Monitors, Sea Kayaking, Service Work, Singer-songwriter workshop and Nashville trip with world-renowned musicians, Slavery No More, STAND - Darfur, Student Organization for Animal Respect (SOAR), TAALSA (Taft Asian Afro-Latino Student Alliance), Theory Lessons, Winter Hiking

Club or Organization:
All-School Play, Pals, 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, Teen Book Club, The Annual (Yearbook), The Papyrus (School Newspaper), The Red Sweater Club, Theater Club (travels to see plays and musicals), Tour Guides, United Cultures at Taft, Volunteer Council, WRED Radio, Writing Tutors

Arts and Music Programs:
Heifer International, Language Tutors, Math Club (competitions & tutoring)

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Residential Life Committee, 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 606 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.
  • The Taft School accreditations: NEASC, TABS, SSATB, CAIS

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