The Taft School

Watertown, Connecticut, USA view map
Co-Ed, No Religious Affiliation

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Known for academic rigor and close faculty-student relationships, Taft fosters personal responsibility, honor, and an achievement ethic in all areas of school life: intellectual, artistic, athletic, and extracurricular. Our 224-acre campus features: 59,500-volume library; Lady Ivy Kwok Wu Science and Math Center; Digital Language Learning (DiLL) Lab; Mark W. Potter Art Gallery; 2 theaters; Pailey dance studio; Electronic Music lab; 18-hole golf course; 2 ice hockey arenas; 16 tennis courts (4 indoor); 8 squash courts; six-lane, all-weather track; 11 playing fields; 200-course curriculum. A diverse student body from 33 states and 33 countries is supported with over $7 million in financial aid.

110 Woodbury Road, Watertown, Connecticut, USA 06795
860-945-7777

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Director of Admission: Peter Frew
Admissions Phone:860-945-7700Fax:860-945-7808
Email: admissions@taftschool.org Website: www.taftschool.org


  • Application Deadline: January 15
  • Application Fee: $50
  • International Application Fee: $100
  • Accept TABS Admission Application: No
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  • Founded: 1890
  • Campus Size: 220 acres
  • Grades Offered: 9th-post-grad
  • Accredited by: NEASC, CAIS/CT
Student Body
Boarding
Grades 9th-post-grad
Day
Grades 9th-post-grad
Total
Girls     234 57 291
Boys     239 49 288
Total     473 106 579

Tuition and Financial Aid
  • 7-Day Boarding: $50,300
  • 5-Day Boarding: N/A
  • Day Tuition Fee: $37,300
  • Payment Plans: Offered
  • Need-Based Aid: Offered
  • Students Receiving Aid: 37.00%
  • Average Awarded: $33,860
School Finances
  • Merit Scholarships: Not Offered
  • Students Receiving Merit Scholarships: 0.00%
  • Average Merit Scholarship: $0
  • Current Endowment: $208,000,000
  • Per Student Endowment: $359,240
 
 

Summary: At Taft we continually re-examine and broaden the scope of our curriculum to provide students with a strong intellectual foundation. A combination of required classes with challenging electives and independent study provides the important foundation of knowledge and yet allows students to pursue a course of study to fit their needs and interests.

Department Director: Jon Willson '82

Average Class Size: 12

Full Time Teachers: 72

Teachers Holding Advanced Degrees: 85.00%

Student/Teacher Ratio: 6:1

Saturday Classes: Yes

Summer Programs Offered: Offered

Number of AP Courses Offered: 28

Advanced/Enrichment Programs
  • AP Courses
  • Post Graduate Year
Support Programs
  • College Counseling
  • Learning Center
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Study Skills Assistance
  • Writing Center
English:
  • Classics
  • Creative Writing
  • Honors
  • Literature
  • Playwriting
  • Poetry
History:
  • Asian History
  • Classical History
  • European History
  • Honors
  • United States History
  • World History
Foreign Languages:
  • Chinese-Mandarin
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Latin
Religion/Philosophy:
  • Ethics
  • Religious Studies
  • Social Justice
  • World Religions
Humanities/Social Sciences:
  • Economics
  • Psychology
Sciences:
  • Anatomy
  • Astronomy
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Environmental Science
  • Oceanography
  • Physics
  • Robotics, Scientific Ethics, Engineering
Math:
  • Algebra
  • Calculus
  • Functions
  • Honors Math
  • Geometry
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Trigonometry
Computer Studies:
  • Computer Applications
  • Computer Programming
  • Computer Science
Music:
  • Band
  • Choral Music
  • Electronic Music
  • History of Music
  • Individual Instructions
  • Music History
  • Music Theory
  • Orchestra
  • Voice
Performing/Visual Arts:
  • 3-D Design
  • Acting
  • Architecture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Ceramics
  • Choreography
  • Dance
  • Design
  • Drama
  • Drawing
  • Film and Video
  • Modern Dance
  • Photography
  • Pottery
  • Printmaking
  • Publications
  • Studio Art
Special Programs:
  • Community Service
  • Exchange Programs
  • Independent Study
  • Leadership
  • Semester/Year Off-Campus
  • Study Abroad:
Distinctive or New Programs:
  • N/A
AP Courses Available:
  • Art History
  • Biology
  • Calculus AB
  • Calculus BC
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science A
  • Computer Science AB
  • Macroeconomics
  • Microeconomics
  • English Language
  • English Literature
  • European History
  • French Language
  • Comparative Government & Politics
  • US Government & Politics
  • Latin: Vergil
  • Music Theory
  • Physics B
  • Physics C
  • Psychology
  • Spanish Language
  • Spanish Literature
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • US History
 
 

Summary: Taft is made up of people from all over the globe and from many racial, ethnic and spiritual backgrounds, all of whom share a commitment to common values, at the heart of which are personal integrity and respect for others. There is an incredible kindness here among students.

Department Director: H. William Davis

Dorm Life

Number of Dorms: 8

No. of Girls Dorms: 5

No. of Boys Dorms: 3

Dorm Amenities:
 
Laundry Facilities 
Lounge 
Wireless Internet 
Vending Machines 
 

Dress Code: Other

Student Life

Facilities

  • All-weather track
  • Baseball field(s)
  • Basketball court(s)
  • Fitness Center
  • Volleyball court(s)
  • Football field
  • Indoor basketball court(s)
  • Indoor climbing wall

Clubs and Organizations

  • Amnesty International
  • Asian Club
  • Astronomy Club
  • Chess Club
  • Community Service
  • Debate Club
  • Diversity Club
  • Dorm Proctors
  • Environmental Club
  • Foreign Language Clubs
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Honor Council
  • Horseback Riding
  • International Clubs
  • Investment Club
  • Jewish Student Org
  • Literary Magazine
  • Math Club
  • Mock Trial
  • Model UN
  • Newspaper
  • Outing Club
  • Peer Counseling
  • Peer Tutoring
  • Photography
  • Science Bowl
  • Sexualities Club
  • Student Activities
  • Student Government
  • Student Publications
  • Student Radio Station
  • Weightlifting
  • Yearbook
  • Yoga
  • Young Democrats
  • Young Republicans
  • Cum Laude Society
 
 

Summary: Our mission has always been to educate the whole student--in class, on the athletic field, on stage, or in the local community. The Arts are an essential part of the school community. Taft graduates develop the skills and the discipline to be intuitive, imaginative creators and observers in all areas.

Arts Department Director: Bruce Fifer

Athletics Department Director: Dave Hinman '87

Arts
  • A Cappella Group
  • Chamber Choir
  • Chamber Ensemble
  • Chamber Orchestra
  • Choral Music
  • Dance
  • Drama Club
  • Glee Club
  • Improvisation Group
  • Jazz Ensemble
  • Rock Band
  • String Ensemble
  • Tech Crew
  • Theater
  • Choir
Interscholastic Sports
  • Alpine Ski Racing
  • Alpine Skiing
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Crew
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Field Hockey
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Volleyball
  • Wrestling
Recreational Sports
  • Aerobics
  • Basketball
  • Cross-Country Running
  • Dance
  • Equestrian
  • Figure Skating
  • Horseback Riding
  • Ice Hockey
  • Power Lifting
  • Rock Climbing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Table Tennis
  • Tennis
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Weight Lifting
 
 

Summary: Four full-time college counselors devote their time to working with students and families throughout the various stages of the college search, application and selection process to find the best match between student and college.

Department Director: Terence Giffen

College Information

Percentage of Graduates Who Attend College: 100.00%

Colleges attended in the past 5 years by our graduates:

Georgetown University 23 graduates
Trinity College 23 graduates
Boston College 22 graduates
Cornell University 21 graduates
UPenn 19 graduates
Middlebury 19 graduates
Colorado College 17 graduates
Colgate 15 graduates
Wake Forest 15 graduates
NYU 14 graduates
George Washington 14 graduates
St. Lawrence 14 graduates
Columbia 13 graduates
Hamilton 13 graduates
Connecticut College 12 graduates
Carnegie Mellon 11 graduates
Amherst 11 graduates
Colby 11 graduates
Yale 10 graduates
Princeton 10 graduates

Middle Percentile of SAT Scores

25th percentile 75th percentile
Critical Reading 580 700
Mathematics 600 690
Writing 600 710



Notable Alumni

Trey Anastasio (Class of '83) Phish lead guitarist

Henry Beard (Class of '63) Co-founder, National Lampoon

Peter Berg (Class of '80) Actor, director, Friday Night Lights, Hancock, The Kingdom

Mary Chapin Carpenter (Class of '76) Five-time Grammy winner

Alfred Gilman (Class of '58) Nobel laureate in Physiology or Medicine

Patrick Kerney (Class of '95) Defensive End, Seattle Seahawks

Allison Mleczko (Class of '93) Two-time Olympic medalist, Women's Ice Hockey

Robert Sweet (Class of '40) U.S. Federal judge, former deputy mayor, NYC

Robert Taft (Class of '59) Former governor of Ohio

George Weyerhaueser (Class of '44) Former chairman and CEO of Weyerhaueser Co.




Quotes from Alumni

"Taft taught me how to think, how to be a student for the rest of my life, how to go on learning."

-Alfred Gilman, Class of '58, 1994 Nobel Laureate

 

 
 

Summary: Students share a desire to spend five weeks improving their academic skills, broadening their knowledge, and having fun. They depart from our summer session proud of what they have accomplished, excited by what they have learned, and invigorated by new friendships.

Department Director: Thomas Antonucci

The Taft Summer School

June 27, 2010 to July 31, 2010

Students share a desire to spend five weeks improving their academic skills, broadening their knowledge, and having fun. They depart from our summer session proud of what they have accomplished, excited by what they have learned, and invigorated by new friendships.

Registration Deadline: N/A
Financial Aid Available:  Yes
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