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Meet a Taftie

Taking the Lead

Peter Horne '18
Head Mon

 

Peter came to Taft to hone his leadership skills, and found even greater opportunity than he imagined.

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Perspectives

Sarah Surber
Dance

Sarah Surber teaches students to express thoughts and emotions though movement.

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Taking on the World

Ben Laufer '18
EcoMon

 

Ben Laufer has spent the last year working to change the world. He's done so with a global audience.

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A Sense of Belonging

Lindsay Leal

Mathematics, Mid Class Dean

 

Lindsay Leal's time as a boarding school student help shaped her approach to being a boarding school teacher.

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Giving Voice to Passion

Kaedi Dalley '18
Singer, Actor, Leader


Kaedi Dalley's talent, passion, and leadership inspire respect and awe, while galvanizing our community.

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A Place to Grow and Thrive

Emma Bellet '18 
Student Leader


Emma Bellet believes that Taft is a place to grow and thrive; a place where you will exceed even your own expectations.

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From Discovery to Cure

Sydney Trevenen '17
Research Scientist

 

Listen to Sydney Trevenen talk about her summer internship with the Yale University Discovery to Cure program.

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For a Greener Taft

Carly Borken

Director of Environmental Stewardship

 

Carly Borken is an environmentalist, a woman of vision, a change agent.

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The Commish

Ozzie Parente
Chemistry 
Boys' Head Soccer Coach
Upper Mid Class Dean


Ozzie Parente's strength as a coach and a teacher? He loves what he does.

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Alumna, Faculty, Role Model

Idara Foster '11
Penn Fellow in English


Idara Foster '11 left an indelible mark on the Taft community as a student. Her impact is no less meaningful now that she is member of the faculty.

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Living the Taft Motto

AJ Barre '17
Global Steward

 

AJ Barre brings his passions for service and soccer together to raising funds and awareness for global causes.

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Making Pictures

Yee-Fun Yin

Photography Teacher

 

Yee-Fun Yin wants his students to make pictures, not take pictures; to create art that is deliberate and personal.

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Common Threads

Eliza Denious '17
Head Mon

 

Eliza Denious is a head mon, a team captain, and a student who quickly recognized the ties that bind all Tafties together.

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Explore Our Academics

Humanities

The humanities offer not only an understanding of history and culture, but of our place in each. They give us language and literature to explore our past, and, quite literally, write our futures.

STEM

The world around is increasingly driven by science and technology. Taft's STEM cirriculum embraces these dynamic and consequential fields, preparing students to compete and to lead.

Arts

Art is the most elemental form of expression. It challenges the mind, nurtures the soul, and spurs innovation. Mr. Taft understood the vital role art plays in shaping the spirit and intellect of his students.

Innovations in Learning

Experiential and applied learning opportunites at Taft transform theory into practice, knowledge into understanding, and passion into action.

Global Studies and Service

Taft offers a unique diploma program that combines rigorous course work with service at home and abroad. It reflects Taft's commitment to preparing students to become global citizens.

Living Our Motto

Our Mission

In 1890, Mr. Taft founded our school with a broad but singular mission: to educate the whole student. At its core, our mission means that education at Taft is personal, moral, and ethical, as well as academic. It means that we value high scholarship and intellectual endeavor along with a belief that character, above all else, determines success in life.

While the world and the school have changed dramatically over the past 125 years, Mr. Taft’s fundamental values endure: work hard, without regard for public acclaim; develop all your talents—academic, artistic, and athletic; and most importantly, give of yourself to others. Our culture is inseparable from both our mission and our motto: non ut sibi ministretur sed ut ministret—not to be served, but to serve. Our community is fundamentally shaped by this dedication to helping young people become lifelong learners, thoughtful world citizens, and caring people.

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Taft At A Glance

226 acre campus that rivals most colleges

126 faculty members

5 to 1 student to faculty ratio

20% international students

11 average class size

32 ap courses