Living Our Motto

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NON UT SIBI MINISTRETUR SED UT MINISTRET:
NOT TO BE SERVED BUT TO SERVE

“A great advantage of boarding school is that it gives opportunities for students to get out of themselves,” wrote school founder Horace Dutton Taft. “They must work for others.”

That premise lies at the heart of the Taft School motto, and is a hallmark of a Taft education.

Opportunities for Taft students to “get out of themselves” abound. They volunteer on campus, in the greater Watertown community, and around the world. They engage in traditional community service opportunities, including sponsoring blood drives and serving at soup kitchens; work to impact positive change through environmental stewardship and sustainability initiatives; travel the world through a variety of service-based programs; learn from a broad range of “real world” leaders through our Morning Meeting speaker series; and commit to an academic understanding of global service through our innovative and progressive Global Leadership Institute and Global Studies and Service programs and curricula. At Taft, Non ut sibi is more than just our motto, it is a way of life.

Community Service Programs and Organizations

Through a wide range of initiatives, Tafties are making a difference in our own community and beyond.

Center for Global Leadership and Service

Taft students work to gain a global perspective on social, economic, and cultural issues, preparing them to lead and succeed in the future.

Environmental Initiatives

Living green is central to the ethos of the Taft community.

Bringing the World to Taft

Taft’s Morning Meeting speaker series brings prominent guests from across the aisle and across the globe to campus to share unique perspectives and insights.