A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Diversity
    B
  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
Organization Memberships
NAIS, TABS

Applying

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

Tuition

Yearly Tuition
$44,000
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)
$59,000
Received Financial Aid
35%
Average Financial Aid
$43,000
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

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Academics

Average Graduation Rate
100%
Average SAT
1360
121 responses
Average ACT
31
68 responses

Culture & Safety

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Students

Diversity
B
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
595
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Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
5:1
National
16:1
Poll
100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.9 responses
Poll
89%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.9 responses
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100%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.9 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.10 responses
90%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.10 responses
100%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.10 responses

The Taft School Reviews

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Taft is academically one of the top schools in the country, boasting top college matriculations and a diverse student body. From athletics to extra curricular activities, Taft has a wide range of top offerings. Great school!
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The teaching staff and the choices of classes are excellent. The student body is highly intelligent, strong athletes,musicians or both. The campus is small but well maintained and the food is better than the other top notch New England boarding schools. Most Saturday nights Taft makes sure to keep the students socially exited and engaged in fun events. Teachers are ready and willing to meet with students that need extra help outside of the regular class times. Dorms are lovely and there are always blooming flowers around the campus. Students are kind to each other and supportive. The administration lets the students have a strong voice in the way the school is run. I highly recommend this high school for smart, self-driven students looking to be on their own. For New Yorkers a bus is provided for most long vacations and the drop off is in front of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Penn Station.
Courses are very engaging, but they can be a lot of work. Honors courses and upperclassmen courses can have up to hour of work per class which leads to people working from dinner to midnight, but you can tailor your workload by choosing your courses carefully. For lower schoolers, the required two hour study hall every night is usually enough time to get their work done. Teachers expect a lot from students, but they are also very understanding, so extensions are given if you really need more time. While Taft offers a lot of interesting courses, if there is something you want to study that is not offered you can design your own study program to be approved by the school. Overall academics are flexible and interesting and well worth the effort that goes into them.