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 new dining hall opened in 2010 and is LEED Gold certified.
The Taft School Photo #3
The Taft School Photo #4 - 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 #5 - 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 #6 - 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 #7 - 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 #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.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
The Association of Boarding Schools (TABS)
New England Association of Schools and Colleges
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades 9-12
Offers Post-Graduate YearYes
Year Founded1890
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost$8,100
Summer Program Cost NotesDay student tuition for summer program is $4,475
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students587 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
33%
State avg.: 22%
Students by Grade The Taft School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers129 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio5:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
74%
Average Class Size11 students
Number of AP Courses30 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Average SAT score1356
Average ACT score29
Average Percentile SSAT83%
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(no blue jeans or T-shirts)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineJan. 15
Yearly Tuition Cost$62,500
Tuition NotesDay student tuition is $46,500
% on Financial Aid
35%
Average Financial Aid Grant$44,014
Acceptance Rate
20%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorPeter A. Frew
Endowment Size$261.1 million

Sports

Total Sports Offered25 sports
SportsAlpine Skiing, Ballet, Baseball, Basketball, Crew, Cross Country, Dance, Equestrian, Field Hockey, Football, Golf, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse, Martial Arts, Riflery, Rock Climbing, Sailing, Soccer, Softball, Squash, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, Weightlifting, WrestlingAlpine SkiingBallet,
BaseballBasketball,
CrewCross Country,
DanceEquestrian,
Field HockeyFootball,
GolfIce Hockey,
LacrosseMartial Arts,
RifleryRock Climbing,
SailingSoccer,
SoftballSquash,
TennisTrack and Field,
VolleyballWeightlifting,
Wrestling

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.

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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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