I have know Taft Middle School for many years. My children have attended this school and all the negative comments are probably made by unhappy students or parents who do not get their way. Academically the school offers an A thru G curriculum. Highly qualified teachers and receptive administration to community and parents. Too many negative people express their unhappiness and not enough positive because they are happy and don't think they need to express concern. This is a great school with community support and very bright future.
My son transferred here from a "really good" school a few months ago, and I have to say, I am more than pleased with this school. They have such a low rating and the other school is well over rated! This school does NOT have a bullying issue, and when there was even a concern of that, the teachers were quick to resolve it before it became an "issue." My son went from hating math to it being his favorite subject! Being at the "good" school didn't teach him anything bc the teachers were careless and the principal was not even aware of anything going on. With this school, any concerns you may have, they are quick to get answers and resolve any issues that may arise. The Principal is very nice and he is very involved. All the staff, from office, to cafeteria to the teachers are well involved and very nice. I have recommended this school to other friends as well as strangers and I am proud to say this school deserves a much better rating and this school is one of the best ones I've come across and I hope you give it a try if your looking for a middle school for your child!
Since most of these reviews are very old, I am compelled to update the general public. The school currently has an API score of 776 which is a steady increase in test cores over the last several years. The teachers are caring and compassionate...and working harder than most teachers in affluent areas. Yes, as in all schools, there are some discipline problems (which, by the way, stem mostly from the home environment.) If less than 5% of the students can create an entire reputation for a school, then there is something wrong. People may have an opinion about the school and its leadership but, please consider the source of such comments. Our Student of the Month Awards ceremonies fill the library every month and we just had four students win first place at the Science Fair. There are some fantastic things happening...come to the school to visit and judge for yourself.
Oh my. This school is ... ugh. Some of the people you meet here are great, and I've made great friends throughout my 2 1/2 years (just recently switched) But it is very unsafe at times. (weed? comeon now . )
Just less then a month of school left. I am so happy. This school is horrible, yes some of the teacher are great....but the lack of leadership here, is un-de scrib a ble. I have required some informations from the school and some of the staff here wouldn't know what end of a stump is if they were to see one.