Taft students hail from 44 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 20% of our student body.
- Is there a separate application for international students?
- Does Taft offer English as a Second Language courses?
- What admissions tests should I take as an international applicant?
- How do I schedule an interview?
- Does Taft accept new seniors (12th graders)?
- Is financial aid available to international students?
- When and how does Taft communicate admissions decisions?
- When do we have to let Taft know if we are going to enroll?
- If we decide to enroll at Taft when are I-20s issued?
- When does the school year begin?
No, all applicants to Taft must use the Standard Application Online (SAO), which is administered by Secondary Schools Admission Testing Board (SSATB). The 2019-20 Standard Application Online opens August 1, 2019. The admissions application deadline is January 15. Learn more about the Standard Application Online.
Taft highly recommends that applicants whose primary language is not English take the TOEFL, the IELTS, or the Duolingo English Test. We also require that all applicants for 9th and 10th grade take the SSAT. 11th grade and PG applicants may submit SSAT, PSAT, SAT, or ACT scores. We look for an internet-based score of 105 or higher on the TOEFL, a minimum score of 7.5 on the IELTS, and the median SSAT score for those accepted last year was the 83rd percentile.
TOEFL Code: 3834
SSAT Code: 7600
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.
Canadian families must complete a PFS as well as the international Student Financial Aid Profile. Canadian families should follow these instructions.
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: