Horace Taft believed in educating the whole person-what he called "a sound physical, moral, and mental training". Teachers and students work together in
class and on the playing fields, eat together in the dining room, and live together in the dormitories. It is through these interactions that Taft students acquire
the values that we think are important: honor, duty, hard work, concern for others, and the ability of each of us to make a difference.
The Architecture of our school reveals the emphasis that Mr Taft placed on community. We are a medium-sized school. A large part of life at Taft takes place in one
complex. While we have the diversity, facilities, curriculum, and extracurricular programs of a large institution, we maintain close student-faculty relationships.
On a typical day you will walk past the same people a least a half a dozen times. The students, faculty and administrators who make up our community all know each
other as a family. Our head of school speaks at Morning Meeting at least once a week, and groups of students join him for dinner and other occasions
throughout the school day.
Living closely with peers and faculty from all over the world teaches the importance of compromise and tolerance of others. We believe that there is a great
advantage to studying alongside students from a variety of backgrounds and cultures. Far more critical today than when our school was founded over 100 years ago
is the importance of embracing new ideas and prizing differences in others.
While a few boys and girls have single rooms, the first person whom a student sees in the morning is his or her roommate. Approximately 460 students board at
Taft. The girls live in five houses: Centennial, Congdon, McIntosh, Senior Girls Dorm, and Vogelstein, each with its own common room laundry facilities. The boys live in several similarly self contained groups on the corridors of Charles Phelps Taft and Horace Dutton Taft Halls and in Cruikshank House.
A cafeteria-style breakfast is served from 7:00 until 7:45, when classes begin. The academic part of the day consists of seven periods, ranging from 45 to 70 minutes each. Classes take up the majority of these periods, lunch occupies another, and the rest are used for whatever the student wishes; library research, studying, music, practice, art, or conversation with friends. The entire school meets for announcements at Assembly on Wednesdays and Saturdays, and on those days there are only four periods, enabling athletic teams to travel to games at other schools.