Liberal Studies: June 27—July 31, 2020

Liberal Scholars Course Offerings

Designed for high school students in grades 9 to 12, the Liberal Studies program offers participants the opportunity to study a variety of liberal arts courses in an independent school environment. Students will be able to sharpen their academic and test-taking skills, increase their independence, improve time management, as well as broaden their cultural and global awareness as they prepare for college and beyond.

The Program

Each student is required to take two 100-level courses and two 200-level electives. Courses on both levels are structured so that students will begin working on their homework in class, allowing them to ask questions and confer with the teacher as problems arise. Nevertheless, students should expect approximately two hours of work during the evening study hall.

If a course is filled by the date an applicant is accepted, or if enrollment in a particular course is not sufficient, then the next available course choice will be honored. Students will be notified prior to registration if a change must be made.

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Academic Credit

Taft does not offer academic credit for courses taken during the summer. We will be glad to forward a syllabus of work covered and final reports to a student's school if requested. Some institutions may wish to give students credit or administer their own examinations at the end of the summer to determine the extent of a student's progress. Students who must make up a deficiency should discuss with their own schools what allowances will be made for certification of work completed at Taft. Only in rare instances can a student complete the work required to pass a course failed during the school year, as Taft's summer courses are not designed to review an individual student's yearlong course.


At the conclusion of the summer session, parents will receive a description of the work covered in each course, a report on the student's progress, and a grade. The student's advisor will send a report on the student's overall record. If copies of reports are to be sent to anyone in addition to parents, the Summer School Director should be informed well in advance of the end of the session.

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Daily Schedule

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Classes begin after breakfast and continue through the early afternoon. Twice a week, on Tuesdays and Fridays, the students gather for Assembly to hear teachers address the community. Following afternoon sports, students are free to play games in the student union, walk to town or simply relax until dinner. Outdoor athletic facilities, the library, and art studios are also available for use during this time.

  Weekdays Saturdays
7:00—7:45 Breakfast Breakfast
8:00—9:30 First Period Rotating Schedule
9:30—10:00 Assembly or Break Free Time until Lunch
10:00—11:30 Second Period Rotating Schedule
11:30—12:15 Lunch Lunch
12:30—1:10 Third Period Trips & Activities
1:15—1:55 Fourth Period Trips & Activities
3:15—4:30 Athletics (Wed. 1:15—2:30) Trips & Activities
5:00—6:00 Dinner Dinner
6:00—7:30 Extracurricular/Free Time Extracurricular/Free Time
7:30—9:30 Supervised Study Hall Activities
10:15 Dorm Check-in Dorm Check-in
11:00 Lights Lights

Tuition and Fees

Boarding Students: $8,100

This all-inclusive fee covers tuition, room and board, text books and lab fees, airport transfers, and all school-wide trips and activities, including weekend excursions.

In addition, a minimum deposit of $100 is required to set up a personal spending account. Money in this account can be accessed by making purchases or cash withdrawals at the school store.

International students are also required to deposit an additional amount to be determined for mandatory health insurance coverage.

Financial Aid: Limited need-based assistance is available to full-time U.S. students. The deadline to apply for financial assistance is March 1. The required forms are available at

Full-Time Day Students: $4,475

This fee covers tuition, lunch, sports, text books and lab fees, as well as extra-curricular activities and school trips on Monday through Friday from 8am until 4:30pm. Weekend trips are not included in this amount. Based on space availability and other factors to consider, participation may be possible, but only with special permission from the Director (additional charges will apply).

Financial Aid: Three $2,100 scholarships are available to full-time day students. The scholarship application deadline is May 1, and the application form and instructions are available at Priority is given to deserving applicants who can demonstrate financial need.

Part-Time Day Students: $1,300/course

The fee includes tuition, text books and lab fees).

(Day option not available with this program)

This amount covers tuition, room and board, and most school-wide trips and activities.

Additional cost: Each student is asked to deposit an additional $350.00 to cover books, supplies, and personal spending money. Students may access money for supplies and personal spending through their student bank account.

Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $75, payable by check or credit card, is due with each application.

Within 2 (two) weeks of official notification of acceptance to the program a nonrefundable deposit of $1,000 is required to hold a student's place in the program. The remainder of the tuition is due by June 1.

As the School must honor financial commitments that are made based on expected enrollment, the tuition of any student who voluntarily withdraws or is dismissed from the program after July 1st will not be refunded.

Payment Methods

The Taft Summer School accepts checks, Visa, Mastercard, and wire transfers.