Tafties begin their day with a cafeteria-style breakfast, served from 7:00 am to 8:15 am, when classes begin.
The academic day spans seven periods (see below), ranging in length from 45 to 70 minutes each. Classes take up the majority of these blocks; lunch, served from 11 am to 1 pm, occupies another.
The entire school community gathers in Bingham Auditorium for Assembly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, where announcements are made and other school business is conducted. There are only four periods on those days, to accommodate our athletic programs and the travel time involved.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays, Taft often welcomes renowned guest speakers and presenters to the Bingham Auditorium for our Morning Meeting Program. Members of the school community may also be featured Morning Meeting speakers.
Students may use free time during the academic day for things like library research, studying, music, practice, art, or relaxing with friends.
After classes end, Tafties head off to their “ex”—a required afternoon program activity—followed by dinner, most nights from 5 to 7, then mandatory study hall. Sit down dinners and winter sports may change the dinner schedule, and upper mids and seniors enjoy a slightly shorter study period. Check in and lights out bring the Taft day to a close, 10:30 pm for lower schoolers, 11:30 pm for upper schoolers.
While no two days are ever quite the same, there is a familiar rhythm to daily life at Taft.