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Horace Dutton Taft founded our school in 1890 with a simple, yet compelling mission: To shape lives by educating the whole person. Today, Taft students are intellectually curious and socially aware. They are actively involved, dedicated to personal growth and excellence, driven by compassion, and committed to service. They are change agents, artists, athletes, and global citizens. Our Admissions Committee seeks prospective students who will, in equal measure, embrace all that it means to be a Taft student—the rigors, the fun, the commitments, and the rewards.

Our website was designed to take you inside the Taft community—to meet our students and faculty, to learn a bit about our programs, and to get a sense of everyday life on Taft’s campus. We hope it inspires you to visit us; to take a tour, meet with an Admissions officer, talk to students, and learn more about Taft. We look forward to seeing you in Watertown!

Taft on the Road, Events and Webinars

The Portrait of a TAFT SCHOOL Graduate
Advantage: Taft


Inside Taft: A Virtual Visit

Get an insider’s look at life at Taft through our social media channels, publications, photos, and videos.

Affording Taft

If you’re admitted to Taft, we’re committed to making it work financially.

Plan Your Visit

We’d love to see you in Watertown! The best way to truly get to know Taft is to visit campus while school is in session.

International Students

Taft students come from more than 40 different countries across the globe. Learn more about applying to Taft as an international student.

Apply to Taft

A step-by-step guide to help you apply to Taft.

News Spotlight

The Taft School admits students of any race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability status, religious creed, and national and ethnic origin and provides them all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The Taft School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, disability status, religion, or national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.