Liberal Studies: June 29—August 2, 2019

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: $7,500

This amount covers tuition, room and board, airport transfers, and all trips and activities.

Additional costs: Each boarding student is asked to deposit an additional $450 to cover books, supplies, lab fees, and personal spending money. Any funds remaining will be returned to the parents after all summer charges have been reconciled. International students are required to purchase mandatory accident and health insurance at a cost to be determined.

Financial Assistance: Limited need based assistance is available to full-time U.S. boarding students. To apply by the March 1 deadline, view the Financial Aid Application.

Full-Time Day Students: $4,175

The cost covers tuition, lunch, sports, and extracurricular activities on Mondays through Fridays 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).
In addition to the above charges, we ask each day student to deposit $300 to cover books, lab fees, and study materials. Any remaining funds in this account will be refunded to the parents in September after all of the summer charges have been reconciled.

Scholarships: Three $2,100 scholarships have been designated specifically for full-time day students. To apply by the May 1 deadline, view the Scholarship Application for Day Students.

Part-Time Day Students: $1,200/course (+$100 for textbooks and lab fees)

The cost does not include sports and extra-curricular activities.

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.