I've spent a lot of time with the teachers and they work hard. The dynamics of the school, with English learners and native speakers, does make it tricky to keep all students engaged at all times but I think the teachers do their best. They would love more parent volunteers to give one-on-one time with students.
With a rigorous daily curriculum, I think a minimal amount of homework (30 min or less total) would be helpful, giving parents more time with their children, and allowing kids time to actually play. If students have the task mastered, they should be allowed to skip the review homework.
Taft is doing the "Character Counts!" behavior program, which focuses on teaching about and rewarding positive behaviors. They are also strict on students keeping hands to themselves and being kind (no fighting and no bullying!)
The teachers and staff are very good, and show concern about each student. The principal (Mrs. Brown) is very involved and is pulling in some great programs, such as AVID, that gears students to go on to college. The PTA is strong and provides a lot of enrichment for the students (field trips, assemblies, arts projects) and fun activities for families (movie/game nights, festival/carnivals, talent shows, etc)!
Do not count on the teachers in this school. If you have to go to this school, be prepared to go to outside classes and tutoring otherwise you will learn nothing in the class. The teachers are all retard.
Every teacher is making their own rules. They are not following the school and the class ruled neither curving the grades. They throw some homework, but never on top of grading and tons of mistakes in grading and applying in the system.
This school has a new Principal. Mrs. Van, Mrs. Kertz, Mrs. Perlstein, Mrs. Huynh are really great teachers. Hope this new principal checks what is sent out to parents, I have seen many errors in the publications.
The best 2nd grade teacher was transferred out because of staffing issues shortly after school started Sept 2010. She was the best 2nd grade teacher with a master's degree in education even; big loss. The replacement is a 27-year veteran of the system who is used to teaching higher grade levels, not the same as a lower-grade elementary teacher,however. The school is clean, principal is hands-on and very involved, school is organized. Riverside county standards are high, but meeting the standards is left to the discretion of individual schools where most of the variation in implementation occurs.