The campus is located in Watertown, Connecticut, and is approximately 220 acres (0.89 km2) in size. It includes two theaters, an 18-hole golf course, 16 tennis courts (four indoor), 8 squash courts, 2 fieldhouses, 2 ice hockey rinks, (1 Olympic sized and 1 NHL sized), and more than 10 fields all situated around Potters Pond.
There are eight dorms on the Taft Campus. There are 3 boys' dorms including Charles Phelps Taft (CPT), Horace Dutton Taft (HDT), and ISP. There are 5 girls' dorms including McIntosh, Centennial, Congdon, Vogelstein (Vogue), and Upper School Girls' Dormitory (USGD/The Rock).
In 2011, Taft had 588 students from 34 states and 29 countries. The school hosts students in 9th through 12th grades as well as post-graduates (PGs). Students are referred to by their grade's common name such as Lower Mids, Mids, Upper Mids, and Seniors. A dress code ( summarized by a "collared shirt, no sweatshirts, no denim" dictum) is required in class for all students. Semi-formal attire is required for sit down dinners. There are currently 480 boarders and 108 day students. More than $6.5 million in financial aid supports 37% of the student body. All scholarships are based on need only; there are no merit-based awards.
The faculty at the Taft School includes 71 men and 55 women, a total of 124 teachers. Consequently, there is a 5:1 student to teacher ratio. Three-quarters of the faculty hold advanced degrees (master's or doctorates). The majority of the Taft faculty live on campus, in both private houses scattered across the grounds, or in apartments in the dorms. Each floor of each dorm has at least one faculty apartment.
There are more than 200 academic courses offered at the Taft School. The average class consists of 12 students.Advanced Placement Program courses are offered in 29 subjects, including Mandarin Chinese, Spanish Literature, Spanish Language, French Literature, French Language, Latin, European History, American History, American Government, AB and BC Calculus, Statistics, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Environmental Science, Studio Art, Music Theory, Art History, English Literature, Economics, and Computer Science. Nearly 90% of graduates take one or more AP exams with an average score of 4 out of a possible 5. The class of 2010 had mean SAT Reasoning Test scores of 628 (Critical Reading), 640 (Math), and 636 (Writing).
^Schoemer, Karen. "No Hair Spray, No Spangles", The New York Times, August 1, 1993. Accessed December 3, 2007. "Born and reared in Princeton, N.J., one of four sisters whose father, Chapin Carpenter, worked for Life magazine, Carpenter is suburban to the core. What's more, she attended private schools, including the Taft School in Connecticut, and graduated from Brown University."