The Taft School
Founded in 1890, The Taft School is a coeducational boarding school for students in grades nine through post graduate. Living where they learn, academically talented students from all over the world are guided by an extraordinary faculty on a 226-acre campus in Western Connecticut. With the motto “Not to be served but to serve” as a moral foundation, Taft graduates matriculate at our nation’s leading colleges and universities.
While the world and the school have changed dramatically since Taft’s founding, the school’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 beautiful campus features facilities that rival those of many small colleges, including a library with 55,000 print volumes; a 45,000 square foot science and mathematics building; two theaters; two ice hockey rinks; and an 18-hole golf course.
Tafties come from all walks of life, each with a story that fascinates and inspires. Meet some of our students, faculty, and alumni here.
Mr. Taft’s founding mission was to educate the whole student-- to develop academic, artistic, and athletic talents in each student, while encouraging them to serve others.
594 students come to our 226-acre campus from 32 states and 43 countries to be taught by 126 faculty members with 91 advanced degrees, in classes averaging 11 students, for a 1:5 teacher-student ratio.
The history of our school is one of consistent growth and progress, driven by thoughtful intention.
Taft's Portrait of a Graduate answers the question, “What do we want Taft graduates to know and be able to do?”
Mr. Taft's belief that character, above all else, determines success in life, lies at the heart of our Honor Code.