Apply to Taft
- Step 1: Connect with Taft
- Step 2: Connect with The Enrollment Management Association (register to take the SSAT)
- Step 3: Schedule a Visit
- Step 4: Apply using the Standard Application Online
- Step 5: Apply for Financial Aid (optional)
- Step 6: Ask Teachers for Recommendations
- Step 7: Submit Portfolios (optional)
- Step 8: Track your Status
- Step 9: Watch Your Mail
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.
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
October 13, 2018
November 10, 2018
December 8, 2018
January 5, 2019
Recommended: The Character Skills Snapshot
Character and personal growth are an integral part of a Taft education. Grades and test scores just don’t tell us the whole story of your child. The Character Skills Snapshot gives us richer holistic information and illuminates areas where Taft can help your child grow and thrive. We recommend (but do not require) that Taft applicants take The Character Skills Snapshot. For students who take the SSAT, there is no charge to take The Snapshot. Once you register for an SSAT, you will have access to The Snapshot. More information is available on the Enrollment Management Association website at https://ssat.org/snapshot
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 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.
Taft requires that all students apply using the Standard Application Online (SAO), managed by the Enrollment Management Association (EMA). The application incorporates biographical data, essay questions, and a parent statement. The EMA website contains detailed instructions for completing the application, as well as schedules and tutorials.
Note to applicants: The application link above will bring you to our application for the 2018-19 school year. If you are interested in applying to Taft for the 2019-20 school year, please check back in August. The application deadline is January 15.
We are very proud to support 35% of our students though our $9 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.
Make a Note:
Application Deadline: January 15
Financial Aid Application Deadline: February 1
Last day to Submit Tax Returns: March 1
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.
|Application Deadline||January 15|
|Financial Aid Application Deadline||February 1|
|Acceptance Notification Date||March 9|
|Reply Date for Admitted Students||April 10|
October 19, 2019
November 16, 2019
December 14, 2019
January 4, 2020
- Standard Application Online (SAO)
- Secondary School Admissions Test
- TABS-The Association of Boarding Schools
- NAIS-National Association of Independent Schools
- CAIS-Connecticut Association of Independent Schools
- School and Student Service for Financial Aid (SSS)
- The Ten Schools Admissions Organization (TSAO)
- School Year Abroad
- Prep for Prep
- United World Scholars
Taft is an intentionally diverse institution whose members work to acknowledge, respect, and empathize with people of all different identifiers, such as race, socioeconomic status, gender identity and expression, education, age, ability, ethnicity, culture, sexual orientation, language, nationality, and religion.
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 Snapshot (CSS), designed to complement the SSAT. CSS participation is completely optional, but will help us as we work to develop and refine the snapshot.