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Taft Elementary School

Public | PK-6 | 512 students

 

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Posted November 28, 2013

My child has failed the last two years and at the end of the year he was given a five page packet and told he has a D now. He gets moved to the next grade and forgotten about. Don't forget about all the money I spend making him take off his clothes before he gets home from the BED BUG out break that has lasted over two years.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted March 13, 2013

I went to this school as a child, and now my daughter goes there! I believe it is an excellent school, the teachers are wonderful and truly care for their students. All the other staff is very helpful and sweet. I am so glad my daughter gets to attend the same elementary school that I did. She loves her school and the staff that works there. She is always excited for school in the mornings. I wouldn't have her go anywhere else, if we moved I would find a way to get her a boundary exception. Taft is a wonderful school and I appreciate all the staff for being such caring wonderful people!!!!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 27, 2010

My son went to a school in our school district for 3 yrs (1 1/2 yrs in their preschool program, Kindergarten, and 1/2 year of 1st grade). Even with their expertise, guidance, and assurance that he was ready to advance, he lacked the fundamental basics in reading, writing, and math. My husband and I worked with our son while at home, but unfortunately we did not possess the right keys that he needed. The only 'help' that the local school offered was suggesting that he be put into Special Education. Although we would have to provide transportation, we made the decision to transfer him to Taft Elementary School, and Wow, what a difference! First of all, the teachers and front office staff truly care about all of their students. They are dedicated tot heir students and willing to give each child the tools needed to succeed. My son started Taft in Nov (2009) and by the time winter break came, he had advanced to Level K in math (he was placed into a remedial class at the other school and was still failing). As of 2 weeks ago, he was in Level Q. At the beginning of 1st grade, the only thing that he could write was his name, and simple words, but could not string a sentence together without help . Through Taft, he is able to write complete, fairly detailed paragraphs now. And reading...oh how he LOVES it! He reads after breakfast, in the car, and even before bedtime. He especially loves to read out loud to his 5 year old sister, and to me while I'm cooking dinner. My son is a different child now - he shares his day with us ( the most we got before was talk about lunch and recess), and is a happier boy with much more self-confidence and self-worth now.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2009

I am extremely unhappy with this school. If you have an opportunity to take your child to another school I would strongly recommend it! The principal is not involved like the other posts say, the teachers are not up to par and the aides should not even be allowed on campus.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 26, 2008

so far I really like this school. My son is in kindergarten and has Ms. Knoles, she is new and seems so kind to the students. My son really likes his teacher and can't wait until the next day of school. I was very nervous putting my child into a public school, I kept hearing about the over crowding, no school supplies etc, so far I am very impress. Taft seems that they still have money and still have the extra currculum activitise for their students.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 11, 2008

Fantastic, we have been involved with Taft for 9 years and absolutely love it. We now live in Queen Creek and drive our kids in every day because of how good Taft is with our kids. Thank you to the entire Taft staff
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 14, 2005

I like this school my daughters love it
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Posted June 20, 2003

This school is amazing to say the least. The Principal's involvement is above and beyond, talk about watching over your flock! What a pro! The teachers are awesome! I felt very safe sending my child to Taft. Its like one big family. When my child needed extra help preparing for Jr. high the teacher jumped all over it! Now I dont worry about my childs ability to learn. He is prepared for anything! Thank you Taft.


Posted March 28, 2003

My child went to another Mesa District School for 'K' and began going to Taft for 1st grade. His teacher, Mrs. Knoblock noticed that his reading skills were far below normal. She spent alot of extra time tutoring my child during the past year and now he is reading at nearing a third grade level. Any parent or child would be truly fortunate to have Mrs. Knoblock for their 1st grade teacher.


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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2014.

2014

 
 
74%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
81%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 78% in 2014.

2014

 
 
79%

2013

 
 
65%

2012

 
 
80%

2011

 
 
76%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 62% in 2014.

2014

 
 
67%

2013

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
66%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 75% in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
82%
Science

The state average for Science was 58% in 2014.

2014

 
 
64%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
58%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2014.

2014

 
 
60%

2013

 
 
70%

2012

 
 
68%

2011

 
 
69%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
88%

2012

 
 
82%

2011

 
 
80%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 52% in 2014.

2014

 
 
37%

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
54%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 61% in 2014.

2014

 
 
76%

2013

 
 
63%

2012

 
 
71%

2011

 
 
62%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2014.

2014

 
 
82%

2013

 
 
77%

2012

 
 
84%

2011

 
 
76%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 56% in 2014.

2014

 
 
42%

2013

 
 
51%

2012

 
 
74%

2011

 
 
41%
Scale: % meets or exceeds

About the tests


In 2013-2014 Arizona used the Arizona Instrument to Measure Standards (AIMS) to test students in reading and mathematics in grades 3 through 8 and 10, writing in grades 5, 6, 7, and 10, and in science in grades 4, 8 and 10. GreatSchools' profiles currently show AIMS mathematics, reading and writing results. 2013 AIMS grade 10 results represent on-track 10th graders for the 2013 test year. AIMS is a standards-based test, which means that it measures how well students have mastered Arizona learning standards. Students must pass the grade 10 AIMS in order to graduate. The goal is for all students to meet or exceed state standards on the test.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

  • In 2010-2011, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was designated "Performing Plus".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was designated "Performing Plus".

About the tests


Arizona uses AZ LEARNS Achievement Profiles to indicate schools' overall performance each year. For elementary and middle schools, the profiles are based on current and historical aggregated AIMS results, MAP results and whether or not the school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP). For high schools, AIMS results, AYP status and graduation/dropout rates are used. Schools are identified as Excelling, Highly Performing, Performing Plus, Performing, Underperforming, Failing to Meet Academic Standards or Pending.

Source: Arizona Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 53% 42%
Hispanic 41% 43%
American Indian/Alaska Native 2% 5%
Black 2% 5%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 3%
Two or more races 1% 2%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 79%N/A47%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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9800 E Quarterline Road
Mesa, AZ 85207
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Phone: (480) 472-9100

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