Application Information


The Taft Summer School seeks students interested in striving for excellence. Students should be willing to conduct themselves maturely, both inside and outside the classroom, or they will not be able to take advantage of the challenging academic program. The atmosphere of the Summer School is informal, but the program is designed with the expectation that each student will be willing to work hard to enhance his/her academic profile. Experience has shown that students who are unwilling to make a commitment to their work should not consider spending a summer at Taft.

Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their academic record, the personal recommendation of their school head or principal, and the recommendation of two classroom teachers. The admissions committee is particularly interested in students whose enthusiasm will allow them to take full advantage of our summer program. Applications will be acted upon within two weeks of receipt of the application form, recommendations, and the application fee.

While an interview is not required, students and their parents may visit the school by appointment.

The Summer School admits students of any race to all rights, privileges, and programs, and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, sex, or national origin in the administration of its policies or program.

How to Apply

Instructions to the Applicant

  1. Carefully complete Application Form A, including choosing two 100-level and two 200-level courses. Make sure that your parents or guardians sign the back of the form.
  2. Include a $50 application fee payable by credit card or by check (made out to Taft Summer School). If using a credit card, please write the card number and expiration date in the designated space on the back of the form.
  3. Give Forms B, C, and D, to the appropriate educator and ask them to mail, fax, or email their recommendation.

Note: Applications are handled on a rolling basis. If you applied to The Taft School for the 2017-18 academic year, you need not send any additional recommendations and transcript to the Summer School. Simply complete Form A and indicate in the appropriate space that you have applied. We will obtain your records from the Admissions office.

International Student Arrival and Departure

Because of the complexity of international flight schedules and the fatigue often associated with jet lag, we ask that international students arrive on Friday, June 30. For students traveling without a parent or guardian, Taft will provide transportation, free of charge, from JFK Airport in New York.

Please note: Effective immediately, this service, offered at no additional charge to our students, is only available on June 30 and August 4. Students planning to arrive or depart on days other than those outlined above are encouraged to make their own transportation arrangements. Recommendations for local car services are available upon request.

Additional fees will be charged to escort unaccompanied minors and to arrange pick-up at other locations.

TAFT SUMMER SCHOOL  | 110 Woodbury Road | Watertown, Connecticut 06795
Phone: (860) 945-7961 | Fax: (860) 945-7859 |