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We want applying to Taft to be easy. Here’s what you need to do:

Step 1: Connect with Taft

Taft is all about building relationships, and ours begins when you reach out and let us know that you’d like to get to know us better. Completing our Inquiry form does that. All prospective students must complete one. It puts you on our radar, and allows us to communicate with you. It also establishes your Taft Admissions Account, which you will use throughout the application process.

Complete our Inquiry form to set up a Taft Admissions Portal*

Access your Taft Admissions Portal to track your application status

*By submitting this inquiry form, you certify that you are age 13 or over. If you are under the age of 13, please have a parent or guardian complete this form and submit it on your behalf.


Step 2: Connect with The Enrollment Management Association (register to take the SSAT)

You need to create an account with The Enrollment Management Association; this is independent of your Taft Admissions Account, set up in Step 1, though you can access both through the Portal Access page. Make a note of your username and password and bookmark the log-in page—you are sure to visit often, here’s why:

The Enrollment Management Association plays a big role in our application process. Not only do they manage the Standard Application Online (SAO)— the only way you can apply to Taft—but they also administer the SSAT, a standardized aptitude test that Taft (and most independent schools) requires all applicants to sit for. The Enrollment Management Association website is also a good resource for information about applying to independent schools.

You should plan to take the SSAT in October, November, December, or January. Last year, the median score for admitted students was the 83rd percentile.

SSAT code: 7600

Make a Note:

If you’re applying as a postgraduate candidate, you must take the PSAT or SAT.

If English is not your first language, we strongly encourage you take the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).

TOEFL code: 3834

Application Deadline: January 15

SSAT Dates

October 15, 2016
November 12, 2016
December 10, 2016
January 7, 2017

Step 3: Schedule a Visit

You can learn a lot about our school by exploring our website. You can learn even more by coming to visit. You’ll see what it feels like to be on campus, interacting with students and faculty. You will experience the warmth of our community, and be amazed by the beauty of our campus.

We also really want to get to know you, so we require every applicant to come for an interview. We encourage you to visit when after school starts in September, but before the application deadline in January. If distance or finances makes it difficult for you to come to Watertown, we will try to arrange a Skype interview, or an interview with a parent or Alumni Representative in your area.

You should schedule you visit only after you have completed our Inquiry form. Call us at 860-945-7700, or email admissions@taftschool.org to plan your visit.

Learn more about visiting Taft.

Step 4: Apply using the Standard Application Online

Taft requires that all students apply using the Standard Application Online (SAO), managed by SSATB. The application incorporates biographical data, essay questions, and a parent statement. The SSATB website contains detailed instructions for completing the application, as well as schedules and tutorials.

Learn more about the Standard Application Online

Access your SSATB account to complete the application

Make a Note: The application deadline is January 15!

Step 5: Apply for Financial Aid (optional)

We are very proud to support 34% of our students though our $8 million financial aid budget, and are committed to working very hard with every family to try to make a Taft education possible. All awards are based on demonstrated need and the availability of funds in our current-year budget; awards at Taft are not based on merit.

Full instructions and information on applying for financial aid.

Make a Note:

Application Deadline: January 15
Financial Aid Application Deadline: February 1
Last day to Submit Tax Returns: March 1

Step 6: Ask Teachers for Recommendations

After November 15, use the SAO to give your principal or guidance counselor and your English and math teachers online access to your recommendation forms. Your teachers should submit their recommendations to Taft by January 15.

Step 7: Submit Portfolios (optional)

We are happy to review art or other portfolios should you choose to submit them. Portfolio submissions are optional.

Step 8: Track your Status

Track your progress using your Admissions Portal to ensure that Taft has received all of your application materials and fees by the January 15 deadline.

Access your Taft Admissions Account to track your application status.

Step 9: Watch Your Mail

Taft mails and emails admissions decisions on March 10. The enrollment deadline is April 10.

Important Dates and Deadlines

Application Deadline January 15
Financial Aid Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Notification Date
March 10
Reply Date for Admitted Students
April 10

SSAT Dates

October 15, 2016
November 12, 2016
December 10, 2016
January 7, 2017

Useful Links for Applicants

The Character Skills Assessment (CSA)

Taft is a founding member of G32, a group of schools working with the Enrollment Management Association and the Educational Testing Service to develop a non-cognitive, Character Skills Assessment (CSA), designed to complement the SSAT. CSA participation is completely optional, but will help us as we work to develop and refine the assessment.