The Taft School

5.00 5 1 (1 review)
110 Woodbury Road
Watertown, CT 06795
Tel: 860-945-7700
  • 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
  • Our motto, which translates to "Not to be served but to serve," permeates every aspect of the Taft community.
  • Taft`s 594 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.

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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 
2016 School Data
The Taft School Boarding School Avg.
School Focus College Prep College Preparatory
Grades Offered 9-12, PG 9-12
School Type Co-ed Co-ed
Religious Affiliation Non-denominational Non-denominational
Year Founded 1890 1910
Campus Size 226 acres 110 acres

Student Body

Enrollment 594 students 298 students
% Students of Color
33%
20%
% International Students
20%
20%
% Students Boarding
82%
68%
Average SAT Score 1945 * National Avg. »View
SAT range (25th-75th percentile) 1790 - 2120 -
Offers Post-Grad Year Yes No

Academics and Faculty

Saturday Classes Yes No
Frequency of Saturday Classes Weekly Weekly
Classroom Dress Code Casual Casual
Average Class Size 11 students 12
*National School Avg. » 20
Teacher : Student Ratio 1:5 1:7
# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 32 16
ESL Courses Offered No Yes
% Faculty with Advanced Degree
72%
70%
Summer Program Offered Yes Yes

Finances

Endowment Size $236 million $16 million
Yearly Tuition
(Boarding Students)
$56,550 $51,700
Yearly Tuition
(Day Students)
$41,950 $28,500
% Students on Financial Aid
34%
35%
Avg. Financial Aid Grant $40,000 $21,582
Merit Scholarships Offered No No

Admission

Application Deadline Jan. 15 Jan. 15
Accepts Standardized Application No No
SSAT Required Yes Yes
Average Percentile SSAT 83% -
Acceptance Rate
21%
57%
Director of AdmissionsPeter Frew
Associate Director of AdmissionsSuzanne Campbell

AP / Advanced Courses

# of AP / Advanced Courses Offered 32 16
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 Offered 19 14
SportsAlpine Skiing, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

Extracurriculars

Total Extracurricular Organizations 60 23
ExtracurricularsAdmissions Council, AIDS Awareness Club, Amnesty International Club, Art Club, Asian Club, C.H.A.T., Chamber, Chess Club, Class Committee, Collegium Musicum, Corridor Monitors, Dance Club, Day Student Council, Debate Club, Diversity Club, Economics Club, Fellowship of Christians at Universities and Schools (FOCUS), French Club, Harry Potter Club, Honor, Hydrox, I.S.P., International Club, Introductory Soccer, Introductory Squash,

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
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 594 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.
  • School accreditations: NEASC, TABS, SSATB, CAIS
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