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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. Close to six hundred students from 60 countries and 31 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.


110 Woodbury Rd.

Watertown, CT 06795

(860) 945 - 7777



School's Mission: 

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, 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.

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
580 students with 45% students of color
60 countries and 31 states represented

2 hours north of New York City


Student:Faculty Ratio

35% of students receive financial aid; $10.5 million awarded


Admission Contact

Peter Frew, Director of Admissions