Beyond the Books

The Arts at Taft

From hesitant novice to confident advanced art student, there is a class for everyone! Offerings include theater, photography, pottery, studio art, and video. All students will submit works to the end of the term art show, and in addition, advanced students will have the opportunity to assemble portfolios, building for future interests in the field.

Music rooms are available to interested students who wish to practice during free time.


In addition to the obvious physical benefit, sports are an important social part of Summer School! The program is entirely recreational and students may choose a different activity each week, based on personal interest. Typical offerings include soccer, basketball, volleyball, weight training, tennis, squash, running, aerobics, and ultimate frisbee.

Instructional tennis and squash lessons are available at an additional cost on a first-come, first-serve basis.

On the Weekends

Beyond the classroom and the athletic field, a multitude of exciting opportunities await our students! Fun on-campus activities, as well as enjoyable and entertaining day trips are offered each weekend. Around town, several small stores, restaurants, and a movie theater are located within walking distance from Taft. To maximize the overall experience, students are strongly encouraged to remain on campus for the weekends in order to fully participate in these social activities.

Sample Trips and Activities

  • Boston
  • New York City/Broadway
  • Six Flags New England Amusement Park
  • Yale University
  • Connecticut Science Center
  • Movies
  • Shopping Trips
  • On-campus DJ Dances
  • Bowling
  • Faculty/Student Soccer Games
  • Arts Festival
  • Fourth of July Celebration
  • Optional Community Service Trips


Great Food

Our recently renovated Student Union dining facilities are proud to serve a daily variety of fresh and healthy menu options!

Relax at the Jig!

The Student Union (or as we call it at Taft, the "Jig") comes equipped with pool and ping pong tables, a digital video jukebox with touchscreen music selection, a multi-zone sound system, and a flat panel television with a surround sound theater.


  • 220-acre campus
  • Horace D. Taft Residential Hall
  • Charles Phelps Taft Residential Hall
  • Ivy Kwok Wu Science and Mathematics Center
  • 53,000-volume Hulbert Taft, Jr. Library
  • Pinto Family Language Lab
  • Woodward Black Box Theater
  • Photography dark rooms
  • Gail Wynne Art Studio
  • 24-hour Martin Health Center
  • State-of-the-art dining facilities
  • Modern student union
  • Eight squash courts
  • McCullough Athletic facility, a fieldhouse with four indoor tennis and basketball courts and an indoor track
  • Fully equipped cardio and weight-training room
  • William Weaver 400-meter, all-weather track
  • 12 all-weather tennis courts and Donaldson Family Pavillion
  • Multiple playing fields, including baseball diamonds, softball field, and soccer fields
TAFT SUMMER SCHOOL  | 110 Woodbury Road | Watertown, Connecticut 06795
Phone: (860) 945-7961 | Fax: (860) 945-7859 |