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Overall Niche Grade
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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    A-
  3. Teachers
    A+
  4. College Prep
    A+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A+
  6. Sports
    A
Address
110 Woodbury Rd
Watertown, CT 06795
Telephone
(860) 945-7777

Applying

Application Deadline
January 15
Application Fee
$50
Interview Required
Yes
Required/Recommended Tests
SSAT, TOEFL

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$46,500
Tuition is for the highest grade offered and may have changed for the current school year. For more information, please contact the school.
Boarding (Tuition + Boarding)
$62,500
Received Financial Aid
35%
Average Financial Aid
$44,014
From The Taft School

When Mr. Taft established The Taft School in 1890, he envisioned it as a place that would educate the "whole person." That vision remains the guiding principle of the school today. It steers everything that the school does. Education at Taft is personal, moral, and ethical, as well as academic.

Taft's culture is inseparable from its mission, and the community is fundamentally shaped by a belief in helping young people become lifelong learners, thoughtful world citizens, and caring people. Taft believes in academic rigor, and delivers it with heart.

The Taft School Rankings

Niche ranks nearly 100,000 schools and districts based on statistics and millions of opinions from students and parents.

Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1360
151 responses
Average ACT
31
89 responses

Culture & Safety

Poll
100%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.6 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.6 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Hotchkiss Day
    23%
  • Red Riot
    23%
  • Super Sunday
    23%
  • Worldfest
    14%
  • Parent's weekends
    9%
  • Spirit Week
    9%

    Boarding

    Students Boarding
    84%
    Boarding Days Per Week
    7-day
    Top Countries
    Canada, China, Hong Kong, Ukraine, United Kingdom
    International Boarding Students
    20%

    Students

    Diversity
    A-
    Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
    Students
    587
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.6 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.6 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.6 responses

    Teachers

    Student-Teacher Ratio
    5:1
    National
    17:1
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.11 responses
    Poll
    91%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.11 responses
    Poll
    100%
    of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.11 responses

    Clubs & Activities

    Clubs & Activities
    A+
    Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
    Girls Athletic Participation
    Boys Athletic Participation
    100%
    of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.12 responses
    75%
    of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.12 responses
    100%
    of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.12 responses

    The Taft School Reviews

    53 reviews
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    After visiting Taft for the first time in 2018, it instantly felt like my second home. The admissions receptionist greeted me with open arms and towards the end of my tour she even insisted on giving me advice on the boarding school process. I poured my heart-and-soul into my application and worked especially hard throughout the school year. When returning for my interview in November, the same receptionist was there. We even shared a few laughs and she insisted on giving me a freshly baked muffin for the ride home. During my interview, I felt extremely comfortable. My interviewer and I had great discussions and also shared laughs. Story short, if you are a student here, do not take this for granted! On the contrary, it is currently 13 days until admissions response day, I cannot express how badly I have been waiting for this day to come, hopefully I will be able to become a Rhino!
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    In general, the Taft school is a wonderful place. The school provides many academic resources and opportunities. Any student eager and willing to learn will be greatly satisfied by the school's strong academic atmosphere and competitive courses. However, this school still faces many problems, including drug issues, (especially so among upperclassmen) and lack of facilities. (no swimming pool...)
    I liked the close relationships that I have built with the people I have met. Taft has been suck a life changing experience that has helped me to deal with stress, different scenarios within my academic carreer, and so much more. The social life at Taft is also like no other, the dances were good, and just being at school to hang out with your friends is amazing.