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 601 students, who hail from 32 states and 43 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.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Students: 601 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,300
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $49,250
  • Acceptance rate: 20%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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Class of 2022
5.00
n/a
There is an Independent Study Program, through which you can do whatever you want - academic research, community project, arts, or sports. It helps you to make your independent work more systematic.. . .

Class of 2016
5.00
Carnegie Mellon University
Taft really emphasizes supporting your community and . Taft has an incredible campus, with beautiful brick architecture and landscaping. In contrast to most boarding schools, the heart of Taft's campus consists of larger dorms and. . .

Class of 2016
5.00
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. . .

Top Rankings

The Taft School ranks among the top 20 boarding schools (out of 309 schools) for:

Category
Attribute
Student Test Scores

School Overview

Definition of Terms | 2021 School Data
The Taft School
Boarding School Avg.
School Focus
College Preparatory
College Preparatory
Grades Offered (Boarding)
9-12, PG
9-12
School Type
Co-ed
Co-ed
Religious Affiliation
Non-denominational
Year Founded
1890
1907
Campus Size
226 acres
125 acres

Student Body

Enrollment
601 students
300 students
% Students of Color
35%
25%
% International Students
20%
20%
% Students Boarding
80%
70%
Average SAT Score
1346
* National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile)
1230 - 1480
-
Average ACT score
29
*National Avg. »View
Offers Post-Grad Year
Yes
No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes
Yes
No
Frequency of Saturday Classes
Weekly
Weekly
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(no blue jeans or T-shirts)
Casual
Average Class Size
11 students
12
* National Avg. »18
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
7:1
ESL Courses Offered
No
Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
80%
70%
Summer Program Offered
Yes
Summer Program Details

Tuition Cost

Endowment Size
$318.1 million
$25 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$66,300
$59,900
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$49,250
$33,250
Summer Program Cost
$7,500
(Day student tuition for the summer program is $4,175)
% Students on Financial Aid
35%
40%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant
$44,014
$25,000
Merit Scholarships Offered
No
No

Acceptance Rate

Application Deadline
Jan. 15
Jan. 15
SSAT Required
Yes
Yes
Average Percentile SSAT
87%
-
Acceptance Rate
20%
58%
Director of Admissions
Peter Frew
Associate Director of Admissions
Suzanne Campbell

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered
n/a
17
Courses
AP 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

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations
27
23
Extracurriculars
Winter Hiking

Club or Organization:
Art and Literature Magazine, Cultural Coffeehouse, FOCUS- Fellowship of Christians in Universities and Schools, Math Club (competitions & tutoring), Red Inc. (Literary Magazine), Red Rhino Foundation, Republican Club, S.H.O.U.T., School Monitors, Service Work, Step Team, Student Ambassadors, Student Tutoring at Taft, The Annual (Yearbook), The Papyrus (School Newspaper), The Red Sweater Club, Tour Guides, United Cultures at Taft, Volunteer Council, Writing Tutors

Arts and Music Programs:
All-School Play, Individual Music Lessons, Individual Vocal Lessons, Instrumental Lessons

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Wall and Rock Climbing, Yoga

College Matriculation

Year: 2011 - 2015
10 Most Popular College Choices  (# Enrolled)
Georgetown University
35
Trinity College
32
Cornell University
22
George Washington University
22
Tufts University
21
Middlebury College, Boston College
18
Wesleyan University, University of Virginia, New York University
17
Bucknell University
16
University of Southern California
14
Bates College
13

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 601 students, who hail from 32 states and 43 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
Profile last updated: 09/27/2021
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: (Boarding) 9-12, PG
  • Students: 601 students
  • Yearly Tuition (Boarding Students): $66,300
  • Yearly Tuition (Day Students): $49,250
  • Acceptance rate: 20%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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