The Taft School
The Taft School is a co-educational college-preparatory boarding and day school in New England for students in grades 9-12. Six hundred students from 51 countries and 34 states prepare for college at this academically rigorous school set on 226 acres. The average class size is 11 students. Students choose from more than 200 academic courses.
Mr. Taft’s Mission: To educate the whole student.
More than 125 years have passed since Mr. Taft founded our school. While the world and the school have changed dramatically, his fundamental values endure: work hard, without regard for public acclaim; develop all of your talents, academic, artistic, and athletic; and most important, give of yourself to others.
Mr. Taft, himself, crafted the school’s motto—words that continue to shape school life more than 125 years later.
Taft wrote, "A great advantage of boarding school is that it gives opportunities for students to get out of themselves. They must work for others." That principle, coupled with his belief that character, above all else, determines success in life, forms the foundation of our enduring school motto:
Non ut sibi ministretur sed ut ministret;
Not to be served, but to serve.
At a Glance
||200 academic courses on a 226-acre campus||
||609 students with 41% students of color||
||51 countries and 34 states represented|
2 hours north of New York City
34% of students receive financial aid; $10.5 million awarded