The Taft School

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The Taft School Photo #1 - Taft's 226-acre campus is in New England's beautiful Litchfield County, Connecticut.
The Taft School Photo #2 - Taft's visiting artist program brings working artists to campus for gallery exhibits, all school presentations, and class visits several times a year.
The Taft School Photo #3 - Taft's new dining hall opened in 2010 and is LEED Gold certified.
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The Taft School Photo #5 - Students gather four times a week in Bingham Auditorium for talks and assemblies. It's also where major theatrical productions and dance shows are performed, as well as the occasional spirit rally.
The Taft School Photo #6 - With the motto, not to be served but to serve, the school is committed to helping out in schools and nonprofits in the local community.
The Taft School Photo #7 - Boarding allows students to take advantage of everything Taft has to offer. Students generally have a roommate, although there are a limited number of single rooms for upperclassmen.
The Taft School Photo #8 - Taft continually evaluates and modifies its academic program to reflect the most advanced teaching and learning methodologies, while providing students with unique opportunities for pursuing their passions. Taft offers more than 200 courses, both required and elective, every semester, including more than 30 different Advanced Placement courses.
The Taft School Photo #9 - Taft science and technology students tackle independent tutorials in quantum mechanics, neuroscience, the controlled release of anti-cancer drugs, video game design and human echolocation. They present research projects at major universities, and work side-by-side with world-renowned scientists at leading research institutions.
The Taft School's mission is to educate the whole student with an emphasis on high scholarship and intellectual endeavor along with a belief that character, above all else, determines success in life. While the world and the school have changed dramatically, our fundamental values endure: work hard, without regard for public acclaim; develop all your talents: academic, artistic, and athletic; and most importantly, give of yourself to others.

Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked CT School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 587 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $62,500
  • Acceptance rate: 20%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate Year
Yes
Year Founded
1890
Summer School Offered
Yes
Summer Program Cost
$8,100
Summer Program Cost Notes
Day student tuition for summer program is $4,475
Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students
587 students
Student Body Type
Co-ed
% Students of Color
21%
State avg.: 27%
Students by Grade
The Taft School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
129 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
74%
Average Class Size
11 students
Number of AP Courses
30 courses
List of Courses Offered
Average SAT score
1356
Average ACT score
29
Average Percentile SSAT
83%
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
Casual
(no blue jeans or T-shirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission Deadline
Jan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Day student tuition is $46,500
% on Financial Aid
35%
Average Financial Aid Grant
$44,014
Acceptance Rate
20%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Peter A. Frew
Endowment Size
$261.1 million

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School Notes

  • The Taft School's mission is to educate the whole person with an emphasis on high scholarship and intellectual endeavor along with a belief that character, above all else, determines success in life. While the world and the school have changed dramatically since our founding in 1890, our fundamental values endure: work hard, without regard for public acclaim; develop all your talents: academic, artistic, and athletic; and most importantly, give of yourself to others.

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (2 reviews)
5  
I have had a wonderful time at Taft and cannot believe I will be leaving this summer. I love the caring faculty and staff, top-notch facilities, and the friendly atmosphere around campus. They also serve great food in a beautiful dining hall too (I am a picky eater). The school spirit is strong, and you'd have to be here to believe it. College counseling is also excellent here - I just got accepted to one of my reach schools!
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5  
A really superb education. Taft students push themselves academically and artistically. Still, it's a very warm community where kids get to know their teachers well and they are genuinely nice to each other and support each other. And the new dining hall is incredible!
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Quick Stats (2021)

  • Top Ranked CT School
  • Grades: 9-12
  • Students: 587 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $62,500
  • Acceptance rate: 20%
  • Average class size: 11 students
  • Application Deadline: Jan. 15

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Did You Know?

The average private school tuition in Litchfield County, CT is $25,851 for elementary schools and $54,279 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Litchfield County, CT is 50% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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