Young Scholars: June 29—August 2, 2019

Young Scholars Course Offerings

Whether the goal is to test drive the boarding school experience or gain confidence for the upcoming school year, the Young Scholars program is designed for 7th and 8th graders who intend to take on the challenges of rigorous public and private secondary schools. The program focuses on building essential skills, increasing independence and self-confidence, and improving time management, as students look further down the road to the demands of a college preparatory program.

The Program

Each student takes two 100-level (major) courses, and two 200-level (minor) courses. We suggest those entering seventh and eighth grade take Literature and Composition I, Pre-Algebra or Introduction to Algebra, the Testing, Reading and Study Skills course, as well as another elective of their choosing. Students entering ninth grade generally take Literature and Composition II, Introduction to Algebra, and the Testing, Reading and Study Skills course. Of course, students with specific academic needs can select any other appropriate course.

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Academic Counseling

During the summer, the Young Scholar students are encouraged to meet with their advisors, their veteran teachers, and a Taft admission officer to help them anticipate the hurdles ahead of them. It is hoped that these conversations will lead to specific strategies for successfully meeting the demands of the college preparatory curriculum. By taking advantage of these resources, students can gain a clearer sense of what will be expected of them and of how to meet these expectations in an organized and systematic fashion. For those students considering attending private secondary schools, the resources available at Taft can also be used to address a variety of issues germane to applying to and attending private schools.

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
10:30 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.