Young Scholars: June 27—July 31, 2020

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 talented middle school students who intend to attend rigorous public and private secondary schools. Students can expect to build essential skills, improve time management, and increase their independence and self-confidence.

The Program

Based on goals and personal interests, students will select two 100-level (major) and two 200-level (elective) courses from the Young Scholars offering. Advanced Math students may choose an appropriate course from the Liberal Studies course catalog.

Outside the classroom, students take full advantage of all the cultural, athletic, and recreational opportunities offered by the Summer School.

In the dorms, participants will be living on a floor with students of the same age and gender. Typically, everyone is assigned a roommate, but several single rooms are also available upon request.

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Academic Counseling

If the goal includes attending a boarding school full time, we encourage students to meet with their advisor, senior teacher, and an admissions officer to help develop a strategy for successfully meeting the demands of a college preparatory curriculum. By taking advantage of these resources, students will gain a clearer sense of what will be expected of them and how to meet these expectations in an organized and systematic fashion.


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: $8,300

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: $4,500

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.

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 June 27 will not be refunded.

Payment Methods

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