Afternoon Program Requirements
Taft students are required to participate in an afternoon activity, or “ex,” in each of three seasons: fall, winter, and spring. Some students opt to play team sports, while others commit to service-oriented programs, experiential learning, or opportunities in the arts. The wide range of offerings—and the requirement that all Taft students participate in activities that enrich their experience outside of the classroom—effectively reflects Mr. Taft’s founding mission to educate the whole student, and the important role collaboration plays in fostering and promoting a strong sense of community.
Taft students select their activities for all three seasons at the beginning of the year; there is an opportunity to change that selection at the start of each season. Selection guidelines help bring balance to each students’ experience at Taft, and vary with grade level. Lower and new middlers, for example, must choose community (vs. individual, see below) activities in two of their first three seasons at Taft.
Occasionally, students may request permission to participate in clubs or teams outside of the Taft community. Students playing for Taft on interscholastic teams should not participate on non-Taft teams while their Taft team is in season, and participation should not interfere with activities or responsibilities at Taft; permission is considered on a case-by-case basis.
Afternoon Program Activity Categories
The full roster of afternoon program options available to Taft students may vary from year to year, but always follows this structure:
Students are expected to attend all scheduled meetings and/or matches for their afternoon activities. If a scheduled absence is anticipated, prior communication with the coach or activity director, as well as the Dean of Students Office, is required in order to secure the necessary permissions.
Lower Middler and New Middler
- Three seasons of participation with at least two Community Activities required. Option of participating in one Individual Activity or applying for one Exemption during winter or spring seasons.
- Lower middlers and new middlers are required to participate in a Community Activity during the fall season of their first year at Taft. Community service and farming are excluded from the options for this first season.
- New students may not apply for an Exemption to manage team during their first year at Taft. Example Program: fall season—interscholastic soccer (Community Activity); winter season—martial arts (Individual Activity); spring season—community service (Community Activity).
Three seasons of participation with at least two Community Activities required. Option of participating in one Individual Activity or applying for one Exemption.
New Upper Middler
- Three seasons of participation with one Community Activity required. Option of applying for one Exemption.
- New upper middlers are required to participate in a Community Activity during the fall season of their first year at Taft.
- New students may not apply for an Exemption to manage a team during their first year at Taft.