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Taft High School

Public | 7-12 | 783 students

 
 

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Posted June 19, 2013

My experience as a parent of several student at Taft, has been mostly negative. My son sat for more than an entire term waiting for the shop equipment to be fixed. Many Kids often want to leave early because they are 'bored' with little to challenge them. There is an atmosphere of low morale at the school regarding the students and the teachers. Art courses have been eliminated and there is no school on Friday, (invitation only for test make-ups). Also, summer school is for only one week, w/online school available for a steep fee. Things are not getting better here, so we will be relocating. Sad that this school Is on a downward spiral.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 12, 2012

Once again, I find it fascinating that someone feels strong enough to criticize my school, but not willing to actually put their name with it. (I'm Barton Howe, a teacher at THS.) Three things about the 1-star criticism struck me: 1) Time in school and quality of the school are not necessarily equivalent. Corbett High School in Corbett, OR. is considered the state's best, and they go to school four days a week, less than Taft. 2) Saying 80% of the kids have an incomplete is a number without context. In my opinion it means we've set our bar higher and we're holding kids to it. By way of contrast: 99.9% of the kids that play baseball will never play pro baseball. Does that mean the World Series is a symbol of failure? Yes, that's kind of ridiculous, but so is just throwing around one number as a stone-cold indictment. Finally, to say the teachers don't care is a crock, plain and simple. Are some of them more "caring" than others? Likely, just as some doctors are, but does that mean no one there at all does? I'm sorry if this parent had a bad experience with a teacher, but to label the entire school as uncaring is just false -- just like the underpinnings of their entire criticism.
—Submitted by a teacher


Posted March 3, 2012

Students only attend school Monday - Thursday. Fridays are only for students with Incomplete. Grading is A, B, C & I. Most of the students have multiple Incomplete's yet nothing is being done to correct this situation. Many teachers have up to 80% of their class with Incomplete. Apparently if you want to do your job half-a$$ed Taft High is the place to work. I am disgusted at the way Taft High School does things and even more disgusted that the teachers do not care.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted July 6, 2010

I must say, as the first middle school class that will graduate Taft High, I am proud of how far our school has come. During seventh grade, we had no electives and the seperation between middle school and high school students were not very good. Now as an oncoming junior, we have more classes and i have been learning so much more. Its been tough sure, but overall the school has vastly improved. And we got our turf field from a grant, and it has improved our school spirit. But our school needs help from the community not only from the school district. So people in the community come support the future leaders of the U.S please. Thank you!


Posted October 20, 2009

The way teachers take time to help the students with their work and in turn students being successful in school
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 11, 2009

The football field did not come education money!! So if a new field funded by outside education can boost school spirit then so be it! At Taft you get out of school what you put into it as a student. There are great things happening education wise if you want to access them!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 10, 2009

i love how everyone thinks this school is so amazing its not there wasting there money on pointless things when they could be using it for fixing the school and not for sports foot ball is not the whole world our education is our principle treats it like it makes the world go round!!!!!
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 11, 2008

I didn't see a review that said kids were sitting on the floor. The school is not exceptional, it is far from that. Everyone has their own opinion. We do have a transient population and that is why we don't get as much funding as Newport. Some of the reason for the lack of numbers in the graduating class does have to do with this, but also has to do with kids, teachers, parents and staff not making the effort to ensure that our kids graduate. I speak from first hand experience. My child was not meeting her attendance guidelines. I did not receive one phone call when she was not in school. I have taken responsibility, as has my child, but the school needs to make more of an effort. Blame should be cast upon all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 23, 2007

Both my children have attended the lincoln city schools for most of their academic lives. my oldest child has graduated and my youngest is a senior this year. it is safe to say that I can list more negatives about this school than positive. we don't have the budget so we miss out on alot of good classes and electives. some of the teachers are exceptional, but there are more than a few that are just biding their time until they can retire. the school is overcrowded and as of last year the 7th & 8th graders are combined with the high school due to lack of funding. it is not to put blame on the school or the employees and I think they try to do their best with what limited resources they have. I wouldn't send my kids here if I were able to move and go somewhere else.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 28, 2007

This is a great school. It's small so kids know everybody and teachers get to know their students more. Nothing bad happens and they all have great teaching styles. They teach what we need and they don't overload the kids with homework. They go at a steady good pace. I love it.:)
—Submitted by a student


Posted January 6, 2007

This has to be the worst school in Oregon. The middle school side is out of control and the lack of discipline is almost unbearable. There is minimal parent involvement if any. Honestly I would not have my child attend this school.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 6, 2006

I think dave phelps is a great principle he knows his kids and they trust him. that is something that is very hard to find
—Submitted by a parent


Posted November 4, 2005

This is the lowest funded school in oregon. The teachers are under paid. The classes are over filled,some students sit on the floor. With the idea 1st come 1st served on chairs its pretty hard to concentrate on acedemics.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 2, 2005

I am a 2005 graduate of Taft High School, and I can't imagine a school having more problems. No budget, indifferent teachers, and an ever decreasing school spirit. Drugs are everywhere. This place is full of hatred and complete disregard for one's surroundings. I'll leave off with one note: Out of 162 sudents starting out my senior year, 90 graduated. SAD. Honestly, homeschool your children.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 22, 2005

I moved to Lincoln City the middle of my senior year in High School. I can not thank the teachers enough for what they had to offer. Moving from Oregon City where I was happy. I was shocked to see that the largest class I was taking had only 22 students. If I had to start all over It would be at Taft. It is not how much money a school has or how great the sports program is. It is the teachers that make the difference. Thank You !
—Submitted by a former student


Posted February 19, 2005

I think the staff, and in particular the sports coaches, demonstrate great leadership, acceptance, and tolerance. Their willingness to accommodate the Seventh-day Adventist girls on the swim team shows a commitment to giving all students the opportunity to participate and develope their skills. This may cost in terms of a swim meet but it pays in encouraging young people to take a stand for what they believe. Our young people need this kind of support from the role models in their life and I say thank you to the school for supplying this support.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 4, 2005

I have a freshman & a senior at Taft High School. I think the school provides them what they need to thrive and be successful after High School. I do, though, have one objection. I think that the teachers express too much of their own personal opinions (polictical) to children in the classrooms. Other than that, I feel the school provides all sorts of activites, classes and events as the budget allows. It is just up to parents & students to stay current on what is available and stay involved.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted December 16, 2004

I'm sorry to say this but this is possibly the worst public school in Oregon, and that is saying a lot. No extracurricular activities, no electives, and a bizzare social caste system that prevents the intelligent from achieving anything and must be seen to be believed. In their defense I must say that most of the teachers do everything they can for their students combined with a staggering teacher/student ratio and evershrinking budgets, the teachers just can't keep up. The only thing this school gives students to look forward to is getting out and aside from a few standout teachers apathy rules. One last bit, the class of 2005 started with more than 160 students, now it is down to 130 and only 60-70 of those are expected to graduate.
—Submitted by a student


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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 61% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
30%

2012

 
 
29%

2011

 
 
36%

2010

 
 
68%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 73% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
56%

2011

 
 
70%

2010

 
 
78%
Writing

2010

 
 
38%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 63% in 2013.

105 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
27%

2012

 
 
52%

2011

 
 
52%

2010

 
 
53%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 67% in 2013.

108 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
50%

2012

 
 
65%

2011

 
 
69%

2010

 
 
57%
Science

The state average for Science was 66% in 2013.

109 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
56%

2012

 
 
63%

2011

 
 
72%

2010

 
 
48%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 56% in 2010.

2010

 
 
37%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 71% in 2010.

2010

 
 
64%
Science

2010

 
 
58%
Writing

2010

 
 
59%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 69% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
41%

2012

 
 
39%

2011

 
 
48%
Reading

The state average for Reading was 85% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
81%

2012

 
 
70%

2011

 
 
80%
Science

The state average for Science was 63% in 2013.

63 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
49%

2012

 
 
54%

2011

 
 
73%
Writing

The state average for Writing was 60% in 2013.

61 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
67%

2012

 
 
61%

2011

 
 
71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students30%
Female35%
Male25%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracialn/a
Native American20%
White36%
Economically disadvantaged17%
Students with disabilities<=5%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation<=5%

Reading

All Students75%
Female76%
Male75%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic62%
Multiracialn/a
Native American60%
White81%
Economically disadvantaged71%
Students with disabilities22%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation25%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students27%
Female30%
Male25%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic17%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White30%
Economically disadvantaged25%
Students with disabilities<=5%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation<=5%

Reading

All Students50%
Female60%
Male44%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic16%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White58%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Students with disabilities<=5%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation<=5%

Science

All Students56%
Female57%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic32%
Multiracialn/a
Native Americann/a
White62%
Economically disadvantaged53%
Students with disabilities23%
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodation27%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

Math

All Students41%
Female39%
Male43%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic10%
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
White42%
Economically disadvantaged35%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Reading

All Students81%
Female88%
Male73%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic60%
Multiracial83%
Native Americann/a
White83%
Economically disadvantaged74%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Science

All Students49%
Female44%
Male55%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic<=5%
Multiracial67%
Native Americann/a
White50%
Economically disadvantaged41%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a

Writing

All Students67%
Female79%
Male54%
African Americann/a
Asian/Pacific Islandern/a
Hispanic13%
Multiracial>=95%
Native Americann/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged59%
Students with disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Migrantn/a
Academically giftedn/a
Special Education with Accomodationn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Oregon used the Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (OAKS) to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in reading and math; in grade 11 in writing; and in grades 5, 8 and 11 in science. The OAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Oregon. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Oregon Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 71% 65%
Hispanic 16% 21%
American Indian/Alaska Native 6% 2%
Two or more races 6% 5%
Black 1% 3%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 0% 4%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 1%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students participating in free or reduced-price lunch program 66%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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3780 Spyglass Ridge SE
Lincoln City, OR 97367
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