Young Scholars Program

young scholars program students

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, 8th and 9th 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 eight 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.

Extracurricular and Athletic Offerings

Outside the classroom, Young Scholar students take advantage of all the cultural, athletic and recreational opportunities of the Summer School. Their daily schedule follows the same pattern as that of the Liberal Studies student.

Residential Life

As the residential units are organized according to age, the younger students do live with one another, and not with the older students.

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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