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                      2010-2011
  procedure for admission to the taft School


IntervIew and campuS tour                                                    teacher recommendatIonS
candidates and their families are encouraged to visit taft, and ap-          recommendations from the candidate’s current english and mathemat-
pointments should be arranged well in advance. admissions office             ics teachers are required, for which forms and self-addressed envelopes
interviews may be scheduled monday through Saturday. appoint-                are enclosed. These forms should be returned by January 15.
ments on wednesday and Saturday are available only in the morning.
If finances or distance make such a visit impossible, let us know, and       wrItInG Sample
we will try to arrange an interview with an alumni representative in         we want to hear directly from the candidate in the form of two hand-
your area.                                                                   written essays. a form is enclosed.

applIcatIon                                                                  Secondary School admISSIon teSt
These forms should be completed and returned to the admissions               taft requires that all candidates for 9th, 10th, & 11th grade sit for the
office by January 15. a self-addressed envelope is enclosed.                 SSat, and 12th grade candidates should take the pSat or Sat. The
                                                                             SSat is given in most areas on October 16, 2010, November 13,
applIcatIon fee                                                              2010, December 11, 2010 and January 8, 2011. we prefer that you
all application forms including school and teacher recommenda-               use one of these dates. If necessary, the SSat can be taken on February
tions should be completed and returned to the admissions office by           5, 2011, but this will delay the admissions decision. In order to ensure
January 15. a non-refundable fee of $50.00 must accompany each               that we receive the results of the test, please be sure you know the taft
application. a fee of $100.00 for those students living outside of the       code (7600) and list it on the day of the test.
united States should be paid in u.S. dollars drawn on a u.S. Bank
or a traveler’s check.                                                       applIcatIon deadlIne—January 15
                                                                             candidates who fail to complete their applications by this date cannot
fInancIal aId                                                                be guaranteed full consideration in our first wave of decisions.
If you indicate on your application that you are a candidate for finan-
cial assistance, you should apply online after november 1 at www.sss.        notIfIcatIon date
nais.org. we will not consider a financial aid request until we receive      letters of decision will be mailed on march 10 to candidates who have
all your information from this website. financial aid information is         completed the application process.
due on february 1, 2011.
                                                                             parentS’ reply date
School report                                                                candidates whose applications have been approved must notify the
This form should be given to the principal or Guidance counselor at          admissions office of their decision by April 11, 2011.
the candidate’s present school, but not before November 15. This form
should be returned by January 15. The transcript should include the
grades for the first quarter or the first semester of the current year. we
request that you or the school send the grades of later major marking
periods as they become available mid-year or second trimester. a self-
addressed envelope is enclosed.
                                                                                                                                                    Please return to:
                                                                                                                                               Director of Admissions
                 application for ADmiSSion                                                                                            The TAfT School
                                                                                                                                              110 Woodbury Road
                                                                                                                                       Watertown, cT 06795-2100
                                                                                                                                               860-945-7808 (fax)



                                                            BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Name _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
              Last                                  First                                  Middle                              Preferred First Name

Permanent/Home Address _______________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                Number                       Street                                                                                   Apt. Number

____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
                 City                                    State/Province                                Country                                      Zip/Postal Code

Home Telephone ____________________________________________                          Student Cell Phone (if any) ________________________________________

Student E-mail _____________________________________________                         Parent E-mail __________________________________________________
                                  Please print clearly                                                                  Please print clearly

Date of Birth ________ /_______ /________           Birthplace _______________________________________                   Native Language __________________
                      Month/Day/Year                                          City/State/Province/Country

Gender           	
                  Male                 	Female                Date of Proposed Entrance: September, 20 _________

Current Grade: ___________          Applying for Grade: _______            Residential Status:      	 Student
                                                                                                     Day                 	
                                                                                                                          Boarding Student

Citizenship          	 citizen
                       U.S.                         	 U.S. citizen; please specify other country of citizenship ________________________________
                                                     Dual

                     	 permanent resident visa; citizen of _____________________
                       U.S.                                                                          Alien registration number ___________________________

                     	Other citizenship ___________________________________________________________________________________________
                                                                      Country(ies)                                            Visa Type (if applicable)

                     Will the student require a Form I-20 for an F-1 Visa to enter the United States?            	
                                                                                                                  Yes          	
                                                                                                                                No

                     If you have dual citizenship, which citizenship should be listed on the Form I-20? __________________________________________


                                                    OPTIONAL BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Please check all that apply:
	African American, Black
	African (country of family’s origin__________________________ )
	Asian American (country of family’s origin ___________________ )
	Asian, including Indian Subcontinent (country of family’s origin __________________________)
	Hispanic, Latino/a (country of family’s origin _____________________ )
	Mexican American, Chicano/a
	Middle Eastern
	Native American, Alaska Native (date enrolled ________________ ,	 tribal	affiliation _______________________________ )
	Native	Hawaiian,	Pacific	Islander
	Puerto Rican
	White or Caucasian (country of family’s origin ____________________ )
	Other (please specify) _____________________________________
	Prefer not to respond
                                                              Candidate Name ____________________________________________________________
                                                                                             Last                     First                    Middle

                                                              Date of Birth ________ /_________ /________
                                                                                      Month/Day/Year



                                                        EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND


Name of present school _________________________________________________________________________________________________________


Number of years attended ___________________________________               Present school ends after grade ___________


Type of School (check all that apply): 	Public       	Private        	Parochial      	
                                                                                         Charter          	
                                                                                                           Home School         	
                                                                                                                                Boarding          	
                                                                                                                                                   Day


School Address _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
                           Street                                   City                     State/Province          Country               Zip/Postal Code

List the names and addresses of any other school you have attended since sixth grade:

Year(s) Attended                        School Name                                                   School City/State/Province/Country


______________                          ________________________________________                      ____________________________________________


______________                          ________________________________________                      ____________________________________________


______________                          ________________________________________                      ____________________________________________


Have you previously applied to a boarding school?        	No          	Yes         If yes, for what year? __________________


                                                 STANDARDIZED TESTING INFORMATION

Applicants for grades 8, 9, or 10 submit either the SSAT or ISEE.

Applicants for grade 11 submit one of the following: SSAT, ISEE, SAT Reasoning Test, or PSAT.

Applicants for grade 12 or a postgraduate (PG) year submit one of the following: PSAT, SAT Reasoning Test, or ACT.


Test(s) Taken:     	SSAT Date of Test _________ /_______ /________                  If submitting an SSAT, the SSAT writing sample must be included.
                                                      Month/Day/Year



                   	ISEE       Date of Test _________ /_______ /________            	PSAT Date of Test _______ /_______ /________
                                                      Month/Day/Year                                                 Month/Day/Year



                   	SAT        Date of Test _________ /_______ /________            	ACT          Date of Test _______ /_______ /________
                                                      Month/Day/Year                                                 Month/Day/Year

If	English	is	not	your	first	language,	we	suggest	you	take	the	Test	of	English	as	a	Foreign	Language	(TOEFL).		


Date of TOEFL: _______ /_______ /________
                       Month/Day/Year

The TOEFL, SSAT, and ISEE must be completed during the academic year in which an application is submitted.
                                                               Candidate Name ____________________________________________________________
                                                                                                 Last                    First                 Middle

                                                               Date of Birth ________ /_________ /________
                                                                                       Month/Day/Year



                                                         INTERESTS & ACHIEVEMENTS

Please share with us any academic or personal achievements of which you are especially proud. Please also describe any academic honors received.


____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


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                                         EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES/SPECIAL INTERESTS

In the grid below, please note your interests and activities in order of importance to you in areas such as music, drama, art, community service, debate,
writing, athletics, employment, or hobbies. We understand that some candidates have more opportunities for organized activities than others, but we are
interested in how you spend your time outside of the classroom. Please indicate in the right-hand column those activities that you hope to continue.

Activity                     Years of          Hours per         Level of involvement                     Positions held; awards,           Will you
	                          	 experience	     	 week	           	 (such	as	first	chair,	junior	          	 honors,	leadership	             	 continue	this
                                                                 varsity, travel team)                                                      activity?


____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________


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____________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
                                                                  Candidate Name ____________________________________________________________
                                                                                               Last                        First                      Middle

                                                                  Date of Birth ________ /_________ /________
                                                                                      Month/Day/Year



                                                                  FAMILY INFORMATION

Parents’ Marital Status (relative to each other)    	Married           	Single         	Separated              	Divorced           	Widowed

If divorced, please indicate which parent(s) have legal custody of the applicant:     	Parent 1              	Parent 2           	Joint

If parents are living apart, with whom does the applicant live?       	Parent 1      	Parent 2         	
                                                                                                          Other __________________________________
                                                                                                                                   Please specify


PARENT 1                                                                            PARENT 2

	Father       	Mother        	Partner      	Guardian                            	Father          	Mother      	Partner       	Guardian

	Dr.          	Mr.           	Mrs.         	Ms.                                 	Dr.             	Mr.         	Mrs.          	Ms.

	Living       	Deceased                                                           	Living          	Deceased

Name _____________________________________________________                          Name _____________________________________________________
             Last                 First                  Middle                                  Last                 First                         Middle

Permanent/Home Address (if different from candidate’s)                              Permanent/Home Address (if different from candidate’s)

__________________________________________________________                          __________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________                          __________________________________________________________

Home Phone (if different from candidate’s)                                          Home Phone (if different from candidate’s)

__________________________________________________________                          __________________________________________________________

Occupation/Title ____________________________________________                       Occupation/Title ____________________________________________

Company/Institution _________________________________________                       Company/Institution _________________________________________

Business Address ___________________________________________                        Business Address ___________________________________________

Daytime Phone _____________________________________________                         Daytime Phone _____________________________________________

Cell Phone _________________________________________________                        Cell Phone _________________________________________________

E-mail ____________________________________________________                         E-mail ____________________________________________________

Fax (if any) ________________________________________________                       Fax (if any) ________________________________________________

Parent’s Birthplace __________________________________________                      Parent’s Birthplace __________________________________________

College(s) attended, if any, and degree(s) earned                                   College(s) attended, if any, and degree(s) earned

__________________________________________________________                          __________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________                          __________________________________________________________

Secondary school attended:                                                          Secondary school attended:

__________________________________________________________                          __________________________________________________________
                                                                         Candidate Name ________________________________________________
                                                                                                  Last                First         Middle

                                                                         Date of Birth __________ /___________ /____________
                                                                                                    Month/Day/Year



STEPPARENT 1                                                             STEPPARENT 2

Name _____________________________________________________               Name _____________________________________________________
             Last                  First                        Middle                Last                  First                 Middle

Occupation/Title ____________________________________________            Occupation/Title ____________________________________________

Company/Institution _________________________________________            Company/Institution _________________________________________

Business Address ___________________________________________             Business Address ___________________________________________

Daytime Phone _____________________________________________              Daytime Phone _____________________________________________

E-mail ____________________________________________________              E-mail ____________________________________________________

Fax (if any) ________________________________________________            Fax (if any) ________________________________________________

Stepparent’s Birthplace _______________________________________          Stepparent’s Birthplace _______________________________________

College(s) attended, if any, and degree(s) earned                        College(s) attended, if any, and degree(s) earned

__________________________________________________________               __________________________________________________________

__________________________________________________________               __________________________________________________________

Secondary school attended:                                               Secondary school attended:

__________________________________________________________               __________________________________________________________




SIBLINGS: Please list all siblings, if any. Attach separate page if necessary.

Sibling 1: ____________________________________________ Age ___ 	M                 	 School or College Attending _________________________
                                                                                     F
             Last                  First                   Middle

Sibling 2: ____________________________________________ Age ___ 	M                 	 School or College Attending _________________________
                                                                                     F
             Last                  First                   Middle

Sibling 3: ____________________________________________ Age ___ 	M                 	 School or College Attending _________________________
                                                                                     F
             Last                  First                   Middle

Sibling 4: ____________________________________________ Age ___ 	M                 	 School or College Attending _________________________
                                                                                     F
             Last                  First                   Middle


Please list family members who have attended a boarding school, if any:

Name                                       Relationship to Candidate       School                                             Class Year

______________________________________________________________             ____________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________             ____________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________             ____________________________________________________________

______________________________________________________________             ____________________________________________________________
                                                                       Candidate Name ____________________________________________________________
                                                                                                           Last                        First                       Middle

                                                                       Date of Birth ________ /_________ /________
                                                                                                  Month/Day/Year



                                             FINANCIAL AID: TO BE COMPLETED BY THE PARENT(S)

Is	your	child	an	applicant	for	financial	aid?	           	Yes            	No

Parents must select one of the above options. Checking	“yes”	enables	Taft	to	send	you	information	regarding	financial	aid	policies.	


                                                                       PERSONAL INTERVIEW

An interview, either on campus or with an off-campus admission representative, is integral to the application process. If you cannot travel to Taft’s campus
and would like information about scheduling an off-campus interview, please check here: 


                                                                              SIGNATURES

In	consideration	of	the	undertaking	by	the	Admissions	Office,	the	undersigned	agree	that	the	information	furnished	on	the	Final	Application	Forms,	together	
with	all	information	and	materials	of	any	kind	received	by	the	Admissions	Office	from	any	source,	or	prepared	by	anyone	at	its	request,	shall	be	completely	
confidential	and	shall	not	be	disclosed	to	anyone,	including	the	candidate	and	his/her	family,	except	that	the	director	of	admissions	may,	for	official	purposes	
at his discretion, disclose any part or all thereof to such person or persons as he deems advisable.




     Candidate’s Signature __________________________________________________________                                   Date ________________________________


     Parent 1 Signature _____________________________________________________________                                   Date ________________________________


     Parent 2 Signature _____________________________________________________________                                   Date ________________________________




     I	certify	that	all	information	submitted	in	the	admission	process—including	the	Candidate	Profile,	other	application	materials,	any	supplements,	
     and	 any	 other	 supporting	 materials—is	 factually	 accurate	 and	 honestly	 presented.	 I	 understand	 that	 I	 may	 be	 subject	 to	 possible	 admission	
     revocation	should	the	information	I’ve	certified	be	false.

     Candidate’s Signature __________________________________________________________                                   Date ________________________________




The required, nonrefundable application fee should be submitted with this application.




The Taft School actively seeks and admits students without regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin and does not discriminate in the
administration of its policies or programs.
                                                                                      The Taft School is a four-year, coeducational college preparatory school
                                                                                      located on 224-acres in Watertown, Connecticut. The 586 students
                      THE TAFT SCHOOL                                                 come from all regions of the United States and from 30 countries.
                                                                                      37% of students receive financial aid from a budget of $6,500,000.
                                                                                      Students are chosen on the basis of academic merit, contribution to com-
                                                                                      munity, involvement in extracurricular activities, and ability to prosper in
                                                                                      a diverse boarding community. Advanced Placement courses are offered
The Taft School actively seeks and admits students without regard to sex,             in every discipline. Admission is very selective, as the academic program
sexual orientation, race, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin and           is rigorous and should be undertaken by students who are intellectually
does not discriminate in the administration of its policies or programs.              curious and highly motivated.




 school REPORT
THE COMMON RECOMMENDATION FORM

TO THE STUDENT: Please print your name, address and school below and give this form and a stamped, addressed envelope for each
school to your head of school, principal, or guidance counselor.

Student’s name _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
                            LAST                                       FIRST                                                 MIDDLE         CURRENT GRADE

Student’s address ____________________________________________________________________________________________
                            STREET                                         CITY                                     STATE               ZIP CODE        COUNTRY

Current School ______________________________________ Previous School Attended________________________________________


TO THE SCHOOL OFFICIAL: The student named above is a candidate for admission. The Admission Committee places considerable
weight on the academic and personal qualifications of each student. Your recommendation is vital to our process. We would appreciate your
most candid and thoughtful responses. Please complete this form and return it in the envelope provided.

How well do you know the student academically? _______________________________As a person? _______________________________

Please attach:
   Final or mid-semester grades for fall term (must be included)                       Recent teacher reports, if any
   Grades since 6th grade, if available                                                A school profile, if available
   Standardized test scores
School serves grades:__________ to __________               Number of students in entire school:__________
In what month does your school year begin?__________                end?__________
Please explain your school’s grading system. What is the passing mark?__________                  Honors mark?__________
What percent of your students receive which grades?__________
Does your school rank?             Yes      No      Is your rank:              Approximate       Exact
How many students are in the entire grade?__________
Does your school use a block scheduling system?              Yes          No
This candidate ranks__________ out of__________                        __________other students share this rank.
Are students placed in sections according to ability?            Yes            No
If yes, please tell us in which level the applicant is placed for each subject. ______________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

If the student’s attendance record is not listed on the transcript, please indicate the number of days he or she has been absent or tardy each year
while at your school._______________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

If the student is not, or has not been, in good academic standing, please explain. _________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

Has the student ever been dismissed, suspended, placed on probation, or received other serious disciplinary sanction?                       Yes         No
Has he or she withdrawn from school voluntarily for an extended period of time for other than reasons of health?                      Yes          No
If the answer to either or both of these questions is yes, please provide a full explanation on a separate piece of paper.
Fax 860-945-7808       |   Telephone 860-945-7700     |   Watertown, CT 06795        |    110 Woodbury Road    |   The Taft School   |   Admission Office



Mail a copy of this form to Taft postmarked by January 15, 2011, or return the sealed envelope to the student to be included with her/his application.
ment, but if you do so, we request that you complete the checkboxes on this form as well. Please detach the top portion of this form prior to duplication.
Use of the common recommendation forms will in no way compromise the student’s chances for admission. You are welcome to attach a narrative state-
common recommendation forms. The student should provide you with a stamped, addressed return envelope for each school requesting a copy of this form.
has developed common recommendation forms. This form may be completed only once; photocopies will be accepted by all schools that accept the
TO THE TEACHER: In an effort to simplify the application process, and eliminate unnecessary duplication of effort The Association of Boarding Schools

                                                                                         THE COMMON RECOMMENDATION FORM
school REPORT



Please place check marks at the points that represent your evaluation of the student in comparison to other students in his or her age group whom
you have taught or advised. If you have no fair basis for judgement, do not hesitate to say so.

                                               ONE OF THE TOP
                                                                   EXCELLENT TOP        GOOD ABOVE                                       NO BASIS FOR
                                               FEW I HAVE EVER                                           AVERAGE        BELOW AVERAGE
                                                                    10% THIS YEAR        AVERAGE                                         JUDGEMENT
                                                ENCOUNTERED

 Academic Potential
 Academic Achievement
 Intellectual Curiosity
 Effort/Determination
 Ability to Work Independently
 Organization
 Creativity
 Willingness to Take Intellectual Risks
 Concern for Others
 Honesty/Integrity
 Self-esteem
 Maturity (relative to age)
 Responsibility
 Respect Accorded by Faculty
 Respect Accorded by Peers
 Emotional Stability
 Overall Evaluation as a Person
 Overall Evaluation as a Student

If the student is relatively weak or strong in any areas listed above, please elaborate. _______________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________

What are the first three words that come to mind to describe this student?______________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________

Please comment on this student’s character, citizenship, and contributions to your community. ______________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________

Please add any additional information that will give us a more complete picture of the student. ______________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for taking your valuable time to complete this evaluation. Your reflections are an important part of the candidate’s application. All information
you provide will be held in confidence and disclosed only to the Admission Committee and others deemed necessary by the director of admission.

_____________________________________________________                           _____________________________________________________
SIGNATURE                                                   DATE                SCHOOL ADDRESS

_____________________________________________________                           _____________________________________________________
PRINTED NAME                                                                    EMAIL ADDRESS

_____________________________________________________                           _____________________________________________________
TITLE                                                                           TELEPHONE
                                                                              The Taft School is a four-year, coeducational college preparatory school
                                                                              located on 224-acres in Watertown, Connecticut. The 586 students
                     THE TAFT SCHOOL                                          come from all regions of the United States and from 30 countries.
                                                                              37% of students receive financial aid from a budget of $6,500,000.
                                                                              Students are chosen on the basis of academic merit, contribution to com-
                                                                              munity, involvement in extracurricular activities, and ability to prosper in
                                                                              a diverse boarding community. Advanced Placement courses are offered
The Taft School actively seeks and admits students without regard to sex,     in every discipline. Admission is very selective, as the academic program
sexual orientation, race, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin and   is rigorous and should be undertaken by students who are intellectually
does not discriminate in the administration of its policies or programs.      curious and highly motivated.




 current ENGLISH teacher
THE COMMON RECOMMENDATION FORM

TO THE STUDENT: Please print your name, address and school below and give this form and a stamped, addressed envelope for each
school to your current English teacher.

Student’s name _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
                          LAST                                    FIRST                                             MIDDLE         CURRENT GRADE

Student’s address ____________________________________________________________________________________________
                          STREET                                      CITY                                  STATE               ZIP CODE      COUNTRY

Current School ______________________________________ Previous School Attended________________________________________


TO THE ENGLISH TEACHER: The student named above is a candidate for admission. The Admission Committee places considerable
weight on the academic and personal qualifications of each student. Your recommendation is vital to our process. We would appreciate your
most candid and thoughtful responses. Please complete this form and return it in the envelope provided.

How well do you know the student academically? _______________________________As a person? _______________________________
In what years did you teach the student? ______________________________________How large is the class? _______________________
What course(s)? _________________________________________________________Is the student on block schedule? _______________
Is this course part of a tracking system or designated as an honors or accelerated course?        yes        no

Briefly describe your course. It is especially helpful to know what texts are used and if the students are grouped by ability. _________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How accurately does the student read and understand what he or she has read? __________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How well does the student write in comparison with other students you have taught? Please be specific about areas of strength and weakness.
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

How well does the student accept advice or criticism? _____________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_______________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Fax 860-945-7808       |   Telephone 860-945-7700     |   Watertown, CT 06795        |    110 Woodbury Road    |   The Taft School   |   Admission Office



Mail a copy of this form to Taft postmarked by January 15, 2011, or return the sealed envelope to the student to be included with her/his application.
ment, but if you do so, we request that you complete the checkboxes on this form as well. Please detach the top portion of this form prior to duplication.
Use of the common recommendation forms will in no way compromise the student’s chances for admission. You are welcome to attach a narrative state-
common recommendation forms. The student should provide you with a stamped, addressed return envelope for each school requesting a copy of this form.
has developed common recommendation forms. This form may be completed only once; photocopies will be accepted by all schools that accept the
TO THE TEACHER: In an effort to simplify the application process, and eliminate unnecessary duplication of effort The Association of Boarding Schools

                                                                                         THE COMMON RECOMMENDATION FORM
current ENGLISH teacher



Please place check marks at the points that represent your evaluation of the student in comparison to other students in his or her age group whom
you have taught or advised. If you have no fair basis for judgement, do not hesitate to say so.

                                               ONE OF THE TOP
                                                                   EXCELLENT TOP        GOOD ABOVE                                       NO BASIS FOR
                                               FEW I HAVE EVER                                           AVERAGE        BELOW AVERAGE
                                                                    10% THIS YEAR        AVERAGE                                         JUDGEMENT
                                                ENCOUNTERED

 Academic Potential
 Academic Achievement
 Intellectual Curiosity
 Effort/Determination
 Ability to Work Independently
 Organization
 Creativity
 Willingness to Take Intellectual Risks
 Concern for Others
 Honesty/Integrity
 Self-esteem
 Maturity (relative to age)
 Responsibility
 Respect Accorded by Faculty
 Respect Accorded by Peers
 Emotional Stability
 Overall Evaluation as a Person
 Overall Evaluation as a Student

If the student is relatively weak or strong in any areas listed above, please elaborate. _______________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________

What are the first three words that come to mind to describe this student?______________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________

Please comment on this student’s character, citizenship, and contributions to your community. ______________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________

Please add any additional information that will give us a more complete picture of the student. ______________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________
___________________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for taking your valuable time to complete this evaluation. Your reflections are an important part of the candidate’s application. All information
you provide will be held in confidence and disclosed only to the Admission Committee and others deemed necessary by the director of admission.

_____________________________________________________                           _____________________________________________________
SIGNATURE                                                   DATE                SCHOOL ADDRESS

_____________________________________________________                           _____________________________________________________
PRINTED NAME                                                                    EMAIL ADDRESS

_____________________________________________________                           _____________________________________________________
TITLE                                                                           TELEPHONE
                                                                                   The Taft School is a four-year, coeducational college preparatory school
                                                                                   located on 224-acres in Watertown, Connecticut. The 586 students
                     THE TAFT SCHOOL                                               come from all regions of the United States and from 30 countries.
                                                                                   37% of students receive financial aid from a budget of $6,500,000.
                                                                                   Students are chosen on the basis of academic merit, contribution to com-
                                                                                   munity, involvement in extracurricular activities, and ability to prosper in
                                                                                   a diverse boarding community. Advanced Placement courses are offered
The Taft School actively seeks and admits students without regard to sex,          in every discipline. Admission is very selective, as the academic program
sexual orientation, race, color, religion, or national or ethnic origin and        is rigorous and should be undertaken by students who are intellectually
does not discriminate in the administration of its policies or programs.           curious and highly motivated.




 current MATHEMATICS teacher
THE COMMON RECOMMENDATION FORM

TO THE STUDENT: Please print your name, address and school below and give this form and a stamped, addressed envelope for each
school to your current Mathematics teacher.

Student’s name _________________________________________________________________________________________________________
                          LAST                                       FIRST                                               MIDDLE          CURRENT GRADE

Student’s address ____________________________________________________________________________________________
                          STREET                                         CITY                                    STATE                ZIP CODE      COUNTRY

Current School ______________________________________ Previous School Attended________________________________________


TO THE MATHEMATICS TEACHER: The student named above is a candidate for admission. The Admission Committee places considerable
weight on the academic and personal qualifications of each student. Your recommendation is vital to our process. We would appreciate your
most candid and thoughtful responses. Please complete this form and return it in the envelope provided.

How well do you know the student academically? _______________________________As a person? _______________________________
In what years did you teach the student? ______________________________________How large is the class? _______________________
What course(s)? _________________________________________________________Is the student on block schedule? _______________
Next year, What math course would be the most appropriate placement for the student? ___________________________________________
Briefly describe your course. It is especially helpful to know what texts are used and if the students are grouped by ability. _________________
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Is this course part of a tracking system or designated as an honors or accelerated course?              Yes       No

Student’s Mathematical Background: The courses listed below suggest a sequence typical of the mathematics curriculum in many American
secondary schools. Please check those courses or list others which the student will have completed by the end of the current school year.
   Basic First Year Algebra (does not include extensive study of rational expressions, irrational numbers, and quadratic equations)
   First Year Algebra (a thorough course which included quadratics)
   Geometry
   Second Year Algebra (not including trigonometry)
   Second Year Algebra (includes numerical trigonometry through the laws of sine and cosine)
   Pre-Calculus (including analytical trigonometry)
   Calculus (an introduction)
   Calculus (advanced placement ab)
   Calculus (advanced placement bc)

Please evaluate the candidate in relation to other students of the same age/grade you have taught. Please check the appropriate box for each item below.

                                                   ONE OF THE TOP
                                                                        EXCELLENT TOP    GOOD ABOVE                              BELOW         NO BASIS FOR
                                                   FEW I HAVE EVER                                            AVERAGE
                                                                         10% THIS YEAR    AVERAGE                               AVERAGE        JUDGEMENT
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 Knowledge of Basic Skills
 Accuracy in the Use of Basic Skills
 Problem Solving Ability
 Reasoning Ability
 Understanding of and Appreciation for the
 Underlying Ideas and Concepts
 Effort
 Overall Performance
 Willingness to Accept the Challenge of the
 More Difficult Problems and Exercises
 Command of Mathematics When Compared
 to Other Students Whom You Have Taught
Fax 860-945-7808       |   Telephone 860-945-7700     |   Watertown, CT 06795        |    110 Woodbury Road    |   The Taft School   |   Admission Office



Mail a copy of this form to Taft postmarked by January 15, 2011, or return the sealed envelope to the student to be included with her/his application.
ment, but if you do so, we request that you complete the checkboxes on this form as well. Please detach the top portion of this form prior to duplication.
Use of the common recommendation forms will in no way compromise the student’s chances for admission. You are welcome to attach a narrative state-
common recommendation forms. The student should provide you with a stamped, addressed return envelope for each school requesting a copy of this form.
has developed common recommendation forms. This form may be completed only once; photocopies will be accepted by all schools that accept the
TO THE TEACHER: In an effort to simplify the application process, and eliminate unnecessary duplication of effort The Association of Boarding Schools

                                                                                         THE COMMON RECOMMENDATION FORM
current MATHEMATICS teacher



Please place check marks at the points that represent your evaluation of the student in comparison to other students in his or her age group whom
you have taught or advised. If you have no fair basis for judgement, do not hesitate to say so.

                                               ONE OF THE TOP
                                                                   EXCELLENT TOP        GOOD ABOVE                                       NO BASIS FOR
                                               FEW I HAVE EVER                                           AVERAGE        BELOW AVERAGE
                                                                    10% THIS YEAR        AVERAGE                                         JUDGEMENT
                                                ENCOUNTERED

 Academic Potential
 Academic Achievement
 Intellectual Curiosity
 Effort/Determination
 Ability to Work Independently
 Organization
 Creativity
 Willingness to Take Intellectual Risks
 Concern for Others
 Honesty/Integrity
 Self-esteem
 Maturity (relative to age)
 Responsibility
 Respect Accorded by Faculty
 Respect Accorded by Peers
 Emotional Stability
 Overall Evaluation as a Person
 Overall Evaluation as a Student

If the student is relatively weak or strong in any areas listed above, please elaborate. _______________________________________________
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What are the first three words that come to mind to describe this student?______________________________________________________
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Please comment on this student’s character, citizenship, and contributions to your community. ______________________________________
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Please add any additional information that will give us a more complete picture of the student. ______________________________________
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Thank you for taking your valuable time to complete this evaluation. Your reflections are an important part of the candidate’s application. All information
you provide will be held in confidence and disclosed only to the Admission Committee and others deemed necessary by the director of admission.

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PRINTED NAME                                                                    EMAIL ADDRESS

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                                                                                                                                 Director of Admissions
                    writing SAmPle                                                                                         The TAfT SChool
                                                                                                                                  110 Woodbury Road
                                                                                                                           Watertown, CT 06795-2100
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Name of Candidate _______________________________________________________________________________________________
                          last                                    first                                   middle                        current grade




In reading your application, we hope to gain as complete a picture of you as possible, but our knowledge is necessarily limited to the information
provided us. Please respond to two of the following four topics. Indicate which you have answered, and please answer honestly and in your own
handwriting. You may use the back and front of this form, and, if needed, attach an additional sheet of paper.


A. Describe an obstacle that you have faced in your life and how you believe your experience in either rising to meet, or failing to overcome the
  challenge, has shaped who you are today.
B. What do you do best? What does it mean to you?
C. Describe your favorite person, other than a member of your immediate family, and tell us what qualities you particularly admire in this person and why.
D. Describe your family and the role you play in it.
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 candidate’s CheCklist

h Application and fee sent to taft
  Date _______________________________

h interview and campus tour
  Date _______________________________

h ssAt taken October 16, November 13,
  December 11, or January 8 and results sent
  to taft (code # 7600)
  Date _______________________________

h school Report given to Guidance Counselor or
  Principal after November 15
  Date _______________________________

h english teacher’s Recommendation
  Date _______________________________

h Mathematics teacher’s Recommendation
  Date _______________________________

h Writing sample sent to taft
  Date _______________________________

h Financial Aid Candidates:
  PFs filled out at www.sss.nais.org by February 1.
  Date _______________________________



important PhONe NuMbeRs
Admissions and Financial Aid Office
860-945-7700

Admissions and Financial Aid Fax
860-945-7808

e-mail: Admissions@taftschool.org

Website: www.taftschool.org

ssAt Registration
609-683-4440
www.ssat.org

school and student service for Financial Aid
866-387-2601
www.sss.nais.org


The Taft School actively seeks and admits students without
regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, or
national or ethnic origin and does not discriminate in the
administration of its policies or programs.

								
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