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1829 North Cambridge
Orange, CA 92865

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January 27, 2015
I am a grandparent and my daughter and granddaughter live with us. It's a beautiful way to grow old. My granddaughter entered into the TK in Sept & now, halfway through, my daughter has transferred her out of Taft & into another school. We had a terrible experience. First, she has had 5 teachers since Sept. Teacher #1 is pregnant & we are told there will be a long term sub. The long term sub turned into 4 subs of varying time frames & no contact with parents that these changes keep occurring. Also you CANNOT walk the child to her classroom but must drop them off at the gate so you NEVER KNOW who is actually teaching your kid that day. They call it 'fostering independence but I call it trying to dodge questions. And, we found out that kids had to be sent home with lice. NOTHING was said to the other parents so they could check their kids before sending them to school. Lastly sub #2 scheduled parent/teacher conferences a week before conference week, then left & didn't tell anyone about the parents showing up for scheduled conferences. Once my daughter went to the conference she spoke to a sub who did not know her child. There s more but I m done!

- submitted by a community member

March 24, 2014
Taft elementary school s a terrible school the test scores drop each year instead of going up! How much lower do the scores have to go before they change things.This school is more worried about protecting it's under performing staff than it is about the students.

- submitted by a parent

March 20, 2014
I love this school. Teachers are very nice. Office staff also really cares about kids. They have quite a variety of kids. They don't give up on those that struggle. They also have family nights that teach kids you can have fun and learn. If tests scores are low they would have been lower if it hadn't been for the good teachers that help.

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2013
My daughter went there for grades 3-5, its ok but the parking really sucks. Wouldn't let her go back if someone paid me.

- submitted by a parent

October 11, 2011
My 3 children have/still go here & all received individual attention from teachers, staff & principal.The teachers go above & beyond in addressing the children's individual needs & responding to parents' input. (Yes, a few need to retire perhaps, but with the strong young principal, they'll either get with the program or move on.) Innovative interventions have resulted in rising test scores. Parents are encouraged to visit any time by the principal: "This is your school", and she means it. The positive atmosphere is a result of principal, staff, teachers & parents working together. Parents are responding to outreach efforts by the PTA with enthusiasm. I have seen a number of other schools and they don't have the welcoming community feel and the determination to succeed (even the wealthy ones.) Safe, motivated, positive and growing. A "can-do" spirit despite budget cuts, Taft is where each child is treated with respect as an individual: I love this school.

- submitted by a parent

July 13, 2011
This school has some problems, but it is heading in a better direction. Teachers AND parents need to get involved to turn this school around. There are only a couple of each helping and that is not enough.

- submitted by a parent

June 15, 2011
Taft provides excellent support for our children. Their newest principal assures that students achieve their quarterly/yearly goals with the help of the staff & parents. I can honestly say, with the exception of a couple teachers, that Taft Elementary is a great school with a very dedicated staff. Some teachers have the gift of language down. They know how to use their words in a way that everyone around them feels good about themselves and motivated to do their work. However, there are some teachers out there who let their adult sense of humor and frankness go too far. I say to these teachers Think about your words carefully, because once you ve spoken, there s no taking it back . If a teacher isn't always encouraging and motivating his/her students, how should we expect our students to thrive in their learning environment? Bottom line - if a teacher needs to be told what not to say, they shouldn't be in the classroom at all.

- submitted by a parent

March 04, 2010
Taft Elementary now has the best and hardest working principal in the district. Mrs. Coe is highly motivated and her efforts are starting to show. The office staff couldn't be more helpful and kind to all. Now Taft need's a great PTA and more parent involvement to match the input and commitment the staff have in our children.

- submitted by a parent

August 19, 2005
Parent involvement is awesome and the teachers are great. Our new principal is the best thing thats happened to our school in years. Taft is a great place for all kids to learn and have fun.

- submitted by a parent

June 23, 2005
Very friendly staff. And a wounderful PTA!

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2004
Taft elementary school seems to be focused on one thing, Test Scores. While this is not a bad focus they seem to forget about the balance a child needs. The school overlooks Computers, P.E. and other highlights of elementary school. The teachers are very qualified but have no guidence except for what is expected to be improved by the state or district.

- submitted by a parent
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Taft Elementary School
1829 North Cambridge, Orange, CA  92865
(714) 997-6254
Last modified Taft Elementary School is a Public school that serves grades K-6. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 4 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Taft Elementary School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 18 reviews. Top