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9-12
Public charter
Woodland Hills, CA
Students enrolled: 2,593
 

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5461 Winnetka Avenue
Woodland Hills, CA 91364

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(818) 227-3600
(818) 592-0877
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Teacher effectiveness: Very ineffective
July 21, 2015
If you like your child, DO NOT SEND them to this school. This school is sucks!

- submitted by a parent
Amount of homework: Too much
June 22, 2015
Some teachers make their own syllabus. It is unnecessary pressure only to keep the numbers of the school higher without any care to the students and their talents.

- submitted by a parent
Develops grit: Strongly disagree
June 22, 2015
Their system is failed and never working and always behind. The only thing this school does not care is about the students.

- submitted by a parent
Develops respect: Strongly disagree
June 22, 2015
What the school cares is only cheating with the numbers to keep their rates higher. They do not respect the students and the students are not doing the same for them. THIS SCHOOL WILL RUIN YOUR CHILDREN.

- submitted by a parent
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
June 22, 2015
Noway they care about the children. The teachers are so out-dated and only waiting for their paychecks.

- submitted by a parent

January 26, 2015
This is a horrible school, don't go here if you don't have to. It is very unsafe, students are out of control and have no respect for anyone or anything. Yeah, it's fun at times but they need to focus on their academics more than their sports.

- submitted by a student

October 28, 2014
I got a call at work from 1 of the Asst. Principals informing me that my child was in the office inappropriately dressed & that this was the 2nd time. She put the child on the phone & when I asked the child to elaborate, the child hung up. I was shocked. I immediately left work headed to the school. I called the Asst. Principal back to see if my child was still in the office. She advised me that they had made a mistake & that it WAS NOT my child & that they had called the wrong parent! She never called me back to let me know that! Then she nonchalantly informed me that my child was pulled into the office earlier, out of her Honors/AP class, searched & questioned, concerning a stolen phone that was tracked back to our address. But the school never bothered to call me about that! After I arrived at the school, very upset, the school police finally told me it was not my actual address, it was just the general area that the phone was tracked to! I checked the address in the attendance office. It was the wrong address listed in the system for my child! One of the Principals spoke to me over the phone like it was no big deal & gave me the rudest apology! NO CLASS TAFT!!!

- submitted by a parent

October 25, 2013
This school is constantly improving with a great student population as well as great teachers except for the few horrible ones. The sports and clubs offered are a great way to meet new people and become involved in the school. Most schools in the LAUSD, Taft included do not have the best normal school, but depending on how you personally challenge yourself and apply yourself you can be with the top percentage of the school. The easier way though, is to be a part of the honors program which helps you immensely in helping you succeed. The worst part of the school would be the administration, many are extremely helpful and will go out of their way just to do so, but some of the counselors and others are extremely incompetent.

- submitted by a community member

August 22, 2013
Taft has been fantastic! All three of my children have attended Taft. Two of my children have graduated with honors and now attending college, I still have one at Taft and she is a senior and looking forward to a wonderful year and off to college as well. I believe it depends on the student and family on how well they do at Taft, too many parents blame the school or teachers when their child doesn't do well or don't fit in. All three of my children did well academically and were also very involved in sports and the clubs offered at Taft. I do have to say that cosmetically Taft has a long way to go and I hope by the time my senior graduates the school construction will have ended. Thanks Taft!!!

- submitted by a parent

August 22, 2013
Taft gets better and better every year. I have a junior and a freshman and just in the past 2 years, the school has improved in so many ways. My kids are very different, yet Taft offers enough choices for them both to find their niche. They have met good friends, performed outstandingly on all AP exams, and are involved in meaningful extracurriculars that make them excited to go to school.

- submitted by a parent

July 19, 2013
Pretty safe and you actually learn a lot. It's nothing like what you hear from other people about danger and low education. Teachers follow the standards and help you out. There is a decent amount of security and you feel safe on school grounds.

- submitted by a student

December 27, 2012
Taft high school...It's reputation is enough to tell you to send your kid anywhere but here. You may have heard rumors--and, in many cases, rumors are usually untrue. However, the ones about Taft are indeed fully true, to my disappointment. In addition to the decapitated physical state of the school, the whole environment of intense, regular, everyday violence is more than enough to want to leave after just a few days enrolled. There are some friends I have made, but I am indeed willing to leave them behind if it means getting out of here. And the curriculum is a joke -- give me a break, Taft. Even your AP courses aren't up to scale with other schools' REGULAR courses. I can only hope to leave this place one day.. I see other kids bullied and tossed around in additional to the daily/weekly school fights between the many students of ethnic backgrounds and again can only hope the many problems of Taft High School are solved in the near future so that another student who is forced into the hopeless district of Los Angeles Unified will not be exposed into William Howard Taft High School.

- submitted by a student

September 07, 2012
This was a great school to attend and I recommend it to any parent who's looking to send their child/children to a school with a bright future ahead of them. :)

- submitted by a community member

February 27, 2012
I am a current student of this wonderful High School, I love it here, I have all honors level and AP level courses. Teachers actually care for you and don't leave you helpless, unless we are talking about the Science Department. I must say I never in my entire life had the worst teacher teaching me Honors Chemistry. That is pretty much 95% of my peers opinion. Sadly the Administration has not really took notice the problem, but other than that this school is a great experience!

- submitted by a community member

June 27, 2011
Taft not a good school, teachers don't teach they read magazines and have the students teach themselves, dirty premises, my childs writting and math skills have diminished since having them attend taft, very dirty bathroom they do not provide toilet paper must bring your own, too much busing, classes have an average of 45 pupils at one time, LAUSD help! should intervene please.

- submitted by a parent

November 10, 2010
I said ten years ago I wouldn't send my child to TAFT, and thank you today TAFT for proving me wrong. What an awesome High School and my daughter has great caring teachers and many great memories of the school so far. The Principal is great and very responsive. Don't listen to the unhappy student below there is always one whiner in the bunch! great job taft.

- submitted by a parent

October 15, 2010
Taft is a great school with a diverse student population. Taft graduates are college bound, well-rounded citizens of character.

- submitted by a parent

October 03, 2010
Though I find it is common to dislike a school (especially as a student/former student), I feel that this was uncommonly bad. I feel as if my writing skills and well-roundedness came from my middle school, and if anything Taft has dumbed me down. The teachers rarely care about your wellbeing in their class, and the ones who do are so unqualified to teach that they would be fired if not for their tenure. I strongly advise AGAINST sending a child to this school.

- submitted by a student

March 28, 2010
This is an excellent school. When I sent my son here I was a little sketchy about it but in the end I was glad with my descion. If you don't know where to send your child Taft is the way to because the teachers are involved and care

- submitted by a parent

March 24, 2010
This school is very entertaining. It has all the needs. Sports wise its wonderful, teachers and staff are very good with the children. My son and I love the school.

- submitted by a parent

February 24, 2010
I used to think Taft was a great school because of the teachers. What happened? They are rude and aggressive and THEY are always right, never taking into consideration the individual child. Safety - what a joke. When you have heavy equipment and large scale trailers moving around in the parking lot with the children still at school or coming to school - not even looking around for who they may hit - it's horrible. Who looks out for our kids? I'm at a loss! I am actively looking for another school for my child. Home schooling is looking better all the time. Someone wake up!!!!

- submitted by a parent

January 18, 2010
I just started 9th grade here this year. I came from Portola and everyone says 'taft is like a bigger version of Portola.' Since I loved Portola, I came here. Those students could not have been more wrong. At Portola, I would always have 4 or 5 good teachers out of 6. At Taft, I have only 2 good teachers. At Portola, there was some parent involvement. At Taft, there is barely any. At Portola, teachers would review with us before tests. At Taft they don't. At Portola, the counselors would care about the students. At Taft, they yell at you and make you feel unwanted, even though I am an honors student. I have been at this school for 4 months and I am not impressed. The only reason why I would consider staying is because it's freshman year and many people say freshman year is horribly confusing.

- submitted by a student

August 27, 2009
A school is what you make it. As a parent its my responsibility to be informed about what the school offers, to become familiar with the administrators and counselors, but ultimately to provide information to my child so that he/she has the best high school experience. Taft is not perfect, but its a whole lot better than other schools.

- submitted by a parent

August 27, 2009
Taft High School is a terrible school for children to attend.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
July 10, 2009
I am sending my daughter to Taft for 9th grade because my experience with my oldest daughter who went to Taft and graduated out of El Camino. Taft staff/teachers seem to like kids and their jobs. While the school is a little rundown, their staff is not!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
May 21, 2009
I found Taft to have the most involved teachers. Teachers who seemed to like their jobs. My eldest daughter went to Taft and El Camino Real. I prefer Taft. El Camino, left me as a parent, completely uniformed about college and the process, including scholarships for a 4.2 gpa, honors and hearing impaired. I won't make the mistake twice. Taft- You Rule!

- submitted by a parent
no rating
February 24, 2009
As a parent of a Taft high school student I find that I get no support from the school for my child.I Have tried time after time to get help for my son and none has came yet.I have left work to come and talk to staff members only to be turned away.What happen to no child left be hind I am a concern parent at this point with no help from your school.

- submitted by a parent

September 29, 2008
I was really torn about sending my child here for 9th grade. There were a lot of bad press about the school in the past. Fortunately I did a lot of painstaking research, and decided on Taft. My other choice was Granada Hills Charter, an excellent school. I am so glad we went with Taft. The academics are excellent; the campus environment, as my child puts it, 'has a real community feel'. We love it. And needless to say the football team is a powerhouse....games are great fun.

- submitted by a parent

September 28, 2008
Best School In the Valley i go there and it will be one of the most memorable experiences of my life.

- submitted by a student

June 25, 2008
Taft HS has blossomed to be one of the greatest schools in LA Unified. Their teachers & staff work hard to provide the best to the students. I can not thank all the teachers, administrators, and staff for making Taft such a great school. Although my student is graduating I will forever be of ANY assistance to this wonderful school. If you want to hear about all the great stuff that is going on go to their website at www.tafthigh.org!

- submitted by a parent

August 15, 2007
At first, I will admit I was not fond of Taft at all. As I continued on in my high school years so did my liking for Taft. At first many do not like Taft. Once they realize that there is no where really better to go they will either come back to the school if they left or they will remain there and be content. Taft is a school that will help potential students become more worldly as it is not a homogeneous environment such as a school like El Camino Real High School. I reccomend this school and good luck to you.

- submitted by a student

June 07, 2007
I've had two kids attend Taft. It's a mixed bag. My daughter got totally lost in the large classrooms, and she finished at another high school My son currently attends, and has had a few exceptional teachers (unfortunately, by the end of this semester, all will have left for other opportunities), many passable-to-mediocre ones, and two or three who just shouldn't be teaching. Because class-size is so large, it's difficult for students to get individual help. We've ended up spending a few thousand dollars on private tutoring too keep our kids on-track with what's being taught. I must say that the administration at Taft is excellent. The counseling office staff is always very helpful, and Mrs. Thomas is a very effective principal.

- submitted by a parent

January 03, 2007
If your child does not excel in academics, they get overlooked easily at this school. There are some great teachers but most aren't so great. It takes quite some time for teachers/counselor's to respond and by the time they do it is too late to help your help. Telephone calls, e-mails and hand delivered notes just aren't responded to in a timely manner. Class size is way to big to help all the average kids. The sports teams are great and I have enjoyed interacting with some coaches that geniunely love to coach. Thanks to Coach Mercado and Coach Rizzo.

- submitted by a parent

August 18, 2006
Taft is a wonderful school. There are a ton of clubs, sports teams, and extracurricular activities that one should have no problem finding something he/she enjoys doing. As far as Taft being an 'unsafe' school, this is not true. The staff is very good at keeping the students safe and looking out for potential harm. As for some of the comments that only AP/honors students are taken care of, this is not true. In fact, Taft is so motivated to making sure everyone 'belongs' somewhere, that it has recently created many small learning communities in which students can excell in the things that interest them, so that they are more motivated to succeed. Taft is located in a wonderful area, and the student body is diverse. Take it from me, I'm a Taft student.

- submitted by a student

June 11, 2006
taft high school provides many opportuneties for your child.

- submitted by a teacher

May 13, 2006
Good school, but has it's problems.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
March 26, 2006
'Both my children have gone to ANLC since they were 5 years old. ANLC is a school where the children come first. Each child is encouraged to do their personal best without being labeled as the smart or dumb kids. The teachers are highly skilled and work hard to bring out the best in each child. The principal is kind and knows each child by name. She is a great example of a leader and I will miss seeing her everyday as my daughter graduates this year. Thank you ANLC for bringing out the best in my children and giving them the encouragement and confidence they need to go out into the world! ' 'This school has been a big disappointment. It is probably fine for most kids, but our eighth grader needs accelerated learning opportunities which have not been available. Its outstanding music program dramatically deteriorated while my child was here, so that it is at best mediocre currently. The special advanced algebra class for 8th grade was cancelled just before he reached 8th grade, and the caliber of most of his English teachers has been shockingly poor. It has therefore given none of the advantages of a huge school, with all of the disadvantages. I can recommend it only in contrast to most of the other public schools in the district.'

- submitted by a student

February 06, 2006
If you are thinking of having your child attend Taft, make sure he or she is part of the Advanced Placement program: it is within this program that the best teachers teach. The availability of extracurricular activities is respectable, but they are, as it were, 'underground'; your child may need to do some hunting to find them, but they certainly do exist.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2006
Unless your child is apart of the honors/advance placement program, then don't bother to enroll your child in this school. Taft is horrible over crowded, so stuudents are over looked and not given enough attention from the teachers and faculty. Most of the students in the regular classes don't want to learn, and results in the teachers not wanting to teach or care. Also, Taft is ethnically and culturally diverse, which would seem great, but in actuality it causes cliques and tension between ethnic and racial groups. The only good thing in Taft is the advance placement program. Taft has many A.P. classes. So if your child is smart, wants to take A.P. classes, and one day attend college, then enroll him/her in Taft. Otherwise, enroll him/her somewhere else.

- submitted by a student

August 19, 2005
We've had 3 children go through Taft in the last 7 years and all 3 have had a great education and great experience. Taft has everything for success; however, like any other school it is up to the student to be proactive and take advantage of what Taft has to offer. The majority of teachers are top notch who are not just out to collect a paycheck-they truly care and put in countless unpaid hours offering help for students who need it or running programs such as music or drama. It is a large school and therefore it is important that parents become involved both to know what is going on and to help their students stay on top of things. Students get a true multicultural and divers economic experience, just like dealing with the real world.

- submitted by a parent

July 02, 2005
The academic programs or ok not the best but they are still pretty good. There is basically any sport you want to play here. The music program is great and very successful. The level of parent involvement is low; how do I know this is because my mom is apart of the parent assoication and she says people dont give enough money to the school and people dont help out.

- submitted by a student

July 02, 2005
Very good, experienced teachers at Taft. The only concern is safety at Taft, where there have been a few recent skirmishes.

- submitted by a student

June 22, 2004
I've attended Wiliam Howard Taft High School for two years; (my freshman and sophmore years). The teachers are horrible, they don't care about the students and their educational needs, they are only concerned about their pay checks. Besides sports, there are virtually no extracurricular activities. In order to recieve a decent education you have to be in Honors, AP's, and other such academically enriched programs; and even then the education is not all that wonderful. The students are extremely materialistic and ignorant. Besides a good boys basketball team, and sometimes football team this school doesn't have much to offer. I wouldn't recommend anyone go to this school.

- submitted by a student

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William Howard Taft Senior High School
5461 Winnetka Avenue, Woodland Hills, CA  91364
(818) 227-3600
Last modified William Howard Taft Senior High School is a Charter school that serves grades 9-12. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
William Howard Taft Senior High School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 62 reviews. Top