International Students

International Students

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Taft students hail from 43 different countries, making ours a unique and culturally diverse community. International students—those who are not US citizens or permanent residents of the United States—currently comprise about 15% of our student body.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there a separate application for international students?

No, all applicants to Taft must use the Standard Application Online (SAO), which is administered by Secondary Schools Admission Testing Board (SSATB). The 2016-17 Standard Application Online opens September 1, 2016. The admissions application deadline is January 15. Learn more about the Standard Application Online.

Does Taft offer English as a Second Language courses?

No, Taft does not offer ESL courses.

What admissions tests should I take as an international applicant?

Taft highly recommends that applicants whose primary language is not English take the TOEFL. We also require that all applicants take the SSAT. We look for an internet-based score of 105 or higher on the TOEFL; the median SSAT score for those accepted last year was the 83rd percentile.

TOEFL Code: 3834
SSAT Code: 7600

How do I schedule an interview?

While we prefer to meet all applicants in person, we understand that time and distance may make that difficult for international students. If you are unable to travel to Taft for an interview, we ask that you contact the Admissions Office after you have submitted your complete application. We will then work to set up a Skype interview, or an interview with a Taft alumnus or current parent in your country.

Note: We have partnered with Vericant, a trusted interview service with offices in 13 different cities throughout China, to conduct our interviews in that country. Chinese students interested in applying to Taft who are unable to visit our campus to interview in person must contact Vericant, who will conduct an interview and proctor a short writing sample, which they will submit to Taft for review.

Does Taft accept new seniors (12th graders)?

Taft prefers to accept students entering the 9th, 10th or 11th grades. There are times when it is appropriate to enter as a post-graduate (PG) as well.

Is financial aid available to international students?

Limited financial assistance is available to foreign nationals. If you wish to apply, please follow these directions for submitting our International Student Financial Aid Profile.

Canadian families must complete a PFS as well as the international Student Financial Aid Profile. Canadian families should follow these instructions.

When and how does Taft communicate admissions decisions?

All admissions decisions are mailed and emailed on March 10.

When do we have to let Taft know if we are going to enroll?

All students must let Taft know by April 10 at the very latest whether or not they are going to enroll. Enrollment contracts and deposits are due at this time.

If we decide to enroll at Taft when are I-20s issued?

Taft must receive your enrollment contract and deposit prior to an I-20 being issued. I-20s are usually mailed out to new students in early June. This should give you enough time to get the proper visas and make travel arrangements.

When does the school year begin?

The Taft school year begins in early September. We host an International Student Orientation two days prior to classes starting. We do not accept students midyear.

The Taft School admits students of any sex, race, color, national and ethnic origin to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at The Taft School. The Taft School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation or any other legally protected status in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school administered programs.

Taft students come from all over the globe, including:

Albania
Australia
Austria
Bahamas
Bermuda
Botswana
Bulgaria
Canada
Cayman Islands
China
Colombia
Czech Republic
Ecuador
Finland
France
Georgia
Germany
Ghana
Hong Kong
Hungary
India
Jamaica

Japan
Lithuania
Malaysia
Mexico
Moldova
Nepal
Nigeria
Poland
Saudi Arabia
Singapore
Slovakia
South Korea
Spain
Switzerland
Taiwan
Thailand
Turkey
United Kingdom
United States
Vietnam
Zimbabwe