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!
With students from 44 countries, our school is an international community, a forum for widely diverse points of view, and a laboratory for the solution of global issues.
Get an insider’s look at life at Taft through our social media channels, publications, photos, and videos.
If you’re admitted to Taft, we’re committed to making it work financially.
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.
Taft students come from more than 40 different countries across the globe. Learn more about applying to Taft as an international student.
A step-by-step guide to help you apply to Taft.
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.