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Taft High School

Public | 9-12 | 2778 students

 

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Posted September 2, 2014

This school is way over crowded! Fortunately, my kid attends ComArts, which is next door, but my kid has to go to Taft for electives and lunch. The one elective is band....so disorganized! My kid had to wait 5 hours to get fitted for a uniform and another 3 hours to get shoes and locker. Also, the practice schedule is too intense and interferes with their academics. My concern fell on deaf ears, when I contacted the band teacher. He doesn't care and puts winning competitions above the needs of the students. My kid loved band until moving to this school. So, be aware if your kid wants to be in the band. They don't follow the online schedule and add practices to an already full schedule.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 22, 2013

The personal and the whole system are first class, this is a place every future profes sional should be.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted September 2, 2012

Taft embodies the warmth and charm of a small town community. Friendly; from administration to teachers to students. My daughter is in her first year of high school. Freshman orientation was great! It offered the right amount of hand holding yet with enough learning opportunities for both me, as a parent, and my daughter, as the student to navigate on our own to become familiar with the new high school environment. When we had questions, anyone, everyone was there to answer them for us. A solid good school.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 23, 2011

The school's education is average, the rough atmosphere is extremely intimidating. The academic program is not challenging, teachers are too lenient about the school work. The staff is great, but if you're looking for a more motivating and challenging education this is not the place to go. Even the AP classes are average. I feel like a waste a lot of time at school because I spend most of the day sitting around doing nothing.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 8, 2010

I am a parent of a student who attended Freshman year at Taft H.S. I will say that the Choral Music Dept. headed up by Ms. Welsh and Mr. Rodgers was incredible! They teach these musically inclinded kids to be leaders and feed them with nothing but positives. Sadly I have to say the office staff, and a few teachers who I chose not to name, are completely lacking in both compassion and tact. Not only with the students, but with the parents as well. It's almost as if there is no communication what so ever. All in all, I found my child to be VERY happy with her choice to be involved with the Vocal music Dept, but often wanted to change schools due to the lack of interest she was shown by several of her teachers, and several of these classes were Pre AP advanced courses!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 25, 2010

I was part of the first Four year class of Taft High School. I had a wonderful education and I enjoyed High School.
—Submitted by a student


Posted March 24, 2009

I believe this is the best school to go to. Great athletic program, great choir and a wonderful band. Alot of different people, so you would fit in great.
—Submitted by a student


Posted April 4, 2008

I was a student who graduated in 2003 and I have nothing but good things to say about Taft. It may not have been the best school in San Antonio, but the academics were good, the athletics were great, and I feel like it prepared me for college.
—Submitted by a student


Posted November 24, 2005

Taft is an average school. It offers a decent education and the students are disciplined mostly.
—Submitted by a student


Posted September 26, 2005

I'm looking at transferring my daughter from this school to another one due to the fact that I believe it is lacking in comparison to other schools available.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted May 1, 2004

I'm actually a student that graduated from William Howard Taft in 2000 and I had my younger sister graduate from there in 2003. The faculty and staff are all great. Except for the new principal, which I will decline to talk about because words used to describe him are not approprite for this review. All I can say is that he is determined to take away all the fun and tradition that the school had, like Powder Puff football which he has cancelled. I did enjoy my 4 years there. Some of the best of my life. It definately prepared me for college. In fact, I have a 3.8 GPA, a full-ride scholarship, and many awards here in college.
—Submitted by a former student


Posted January 20, 2004

Excellent School! I recomend Taft high scool for your child. The teachers are very involved with students. Also great administraters. You can't get past them.
—Submitted by a student


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

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The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 89% in 2011.

633 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
94%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 70% in 2011.

618 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
74%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 91% in 2011.

604 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
93%
Math

The state average for Math was 74% in 2011.

593 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
77%

2010

 
 
73%
Science

The state average for Science was 76% in 2011.

594 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
85%

2010

 
 
75%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 93% in 2011.

588 students were tested at this school in 2011.

2011

 
 
95%

2010

 
 
94%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

The state average for English Language Arts was 95% in 2013.

561 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
96%

2011

 
 
97%

2010

 
 
97%
Math

The state average for Math was 89% in 2013.

575 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%

2011

 
 
91%

2010

 
 
92%
Science

The state average for Science was 95% in 2013.

580 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
98%

2012

 
 
97%

2011

 
 
93%

2010

 
 
95%
Social Studies

The state average for Social Studies was 98% in 2013.

573 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
99%

2011

 
 
99%

2010

 
 
99%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

English Language Arts

All Students98%
Female99%
Male96%
Black or African American97%
Asian92%
Hispanic98%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Special education91%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Math

All Students91%
Female92%
Male89%
Black or African American84%
Asian83%
Hispanic91%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White95%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Special education63%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Science

All Students98%
Female98%
Male98%
Black or African American100%
Asian92%
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White99%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a

Social Studies

All Students99%
Female99%
Male100%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic99%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged99%
Special education90%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was used to test students in English language arts and mathematics in grade 11. The grade 11 exit Level TAKS is a high school graduation requirement. TAKS is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

  • In 2010-2011, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2009-2010, this school was rated "Recognized".
  • In 2008-2009, this school was rated "Academically Acceptable".

About the tests


Texas uses Accountability Ratings to indicate the overall performance of each school and district. The ratings are based on TAKS test results, dropout rates for grades 7 and 8 and school completion rates for grades 9 through 12. Schools and districts rated under standard accountability procedures are designated as Exemplary, Recognized, Academically Acceptable or Academically Unacceptable. Schools and districts rated under alternative education accountability (AEA) procedures are designated as either AEA: Academically Acceptable or AEA: Academically Unacceptable.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 78% in 2013.

536 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
76%

2012

 
 
80%
Algebra II

The state average for Algebra II was 97% in 2013.

148 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
99%

2012

 
 
100%
Biology I

The state average for Biology I was 85% in 2013.

694 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
91%

2012

 
 
92%
Chemistry

The state average for Chemistry was 84% in 2013.

532 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
94%

2012

 
 
52%
English I Reading

The state average for English I Reading was 65% in 2013.

713 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
73%

2012

 
 
79%
English I Writing

The state average for English I Writing was 48% in 2013.

770 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
54%

2012

 
 
64%
English II Reading

The state average for English II Reading was 78% in 2013.

693 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
n/a
English II Writing

The state average for English II Writing was 52% in 2013.

695 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
58%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Reading

The state average for English III Reading was 63% in 2013.

230 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
38%

2012

 
 
n/a
English III Writing

The state average for English III Writing was 42% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
Geometry

The state average for Geometry was 86% in 2013.

688 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
99%
Physics

The state average for Physics was 81% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
n/a
U.S. History

The state average for U.S. History was 73% in 2013.

2013

 
 
n/a

2012

 
 
53%
World Geography

The state average for World Geography was 75% in 2013.

712 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
84%

2012

 
 
90%
World History

The state average for World History was 70% in 2013.

678 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
79%

2012

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Texas Education Agency

Algebra I

All Students76%
Female76%
Male75%
Black or African American73%
Asian100%
Hispanic75%
Multiracial84%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White77%
Economically disadvantaged72%
Not economically disadvantaged81%
Special education45%
Not special education80%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English77%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant76%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted74%
Bilingualn/a

Algebra II

All Students99%
Female100%
Male98%
Black or African American100%
Asian100%
Hispanic99%
Multiracial100%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White100%
Economically disadvantaged98%
Not economically disadvantaged100%
Special educationn/a
Not special education99%
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in English99%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant99%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted99%
Bilingualn/a

Biology I

All Students91%
Female91%
Male92%
Black or African American82%
Asian100%
Hispanic91%
Multiracial92%
American Indian or Alaska Native100%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White96%
Economically disadvantaged89%
Not economically disadvantaged94%
Special education72%
Not special education93%
Limited English proficient (LEP)56%
Proficient in English92%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant91%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted89%
Bilingualn/a

Chemistry

All Students94%
Female95%
Male92%
Black or African American89%
Asian100%
Hispanic93%
Multiracial89%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White97%
Economically disadvantaged90%
Not economically disadvantaged96%
Special education79%
Not special education94%
Limited English proficient (LEP)80%
Proficient in English94%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant94%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted92%
Bilingualn/a

English I Reading

All Students73%
Female79%
Male67%
Black or African American62%
Asian85%
Hispanic71%
Multiracial73%
American Indian or Alaska Native100%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White82%
Economically disadvantaged65%
Not economically disadvantaged80%
Special education29%
Not special education77%
Limited English proficient (LEP)17%
Proficient in English75%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant73%
Gifted/talented99%
Not Gifted67%
Bilingualn/a

English I Writing

All Students54%
Female61%
Male48%
Black or African American48%
Asian87%
Hispanic48%
Multiracial64%
American Indian or Alaska Native100%
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White71%
Economically disadvantaged43%
Not economically disadvantaged65%
Special education14%
Not special education59%
Limited English proficient (LEP)7%
Proficient in English56%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant54%
Gifted/talented96%
Not Gifted46%
Bilingualn/a

English II Reading

All Students84%
Female89%
Male79%
Black or African American84%
Asian88%
Hispanic82%
Multiracial83%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander100%
White91%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education43%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)8%
Proficient in English86%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted82%
Bilingualn/a

English II Writing

All Students58%
Female65%
Male50%
Black or African American41%
Asian82%
Hispanic54%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander100%
White71%
Economically disadvantaged49%
Not economically disadvantaged66%
Special education10%
Not special education62%
Limited English proficient (LEP)8%
Proficient in English59%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant58%
Gifted/talented95%
Not Gifted52%
Bilingualn/a

English III Reading

All Students38%
Female40%
Male37%
Black or African American45%
Asiann/a
Hispanic36%
Multiracial33%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White44%
Economically disadvantaged36%
Not economically disadvantaged41%
Special educationn/a
Not special education38%
Limited English proficient (LEP)0%
Proficient in English39%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant38%
Gifted/talented50%
Not Gifted38%

English III Writing

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

Geometry

All Students84%
Female85%
Male84%
Black or African American69%
Asian94%
Hispanic84%
Multiracial77%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White92%
Economically disadvantaged82%
Not economically disadvantaged87%
Special education55%
Not special education86%
Limited English proficient (LEP)58%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted81%
Bilingualn/a

Physics

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

U.S. History

All Studentsn/a
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Black or African Americann/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Multiracialn/a
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Special educationn/a
Not special educationn/a
Limited English proficient (LEP)n/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Migrantn/a
Not migrantn/a
Gifted/talentedn/a
Not Giftedn/a

World Geography

All Students84%
Female82%
Male86%
Black or African American77%
Asian100%
Hispanic81%
Multiracial88%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White93%
Economically disadvantaged77%
Not economically disadvantaged91%
Special education55%
Not special education87%
Limited English proficient (LEP)47%
Proficient in English85%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant84%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted80%
Bilingualn/a

World History

All Students79%
Female77%
Male81%
Black or African American72%
Asian100%
Hispanic76%
Multiracial75%
American Indian or Alaska Nativen/a
Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islandern/a
White89%
Economically disadvantaged73%
Not economically disadvantaged85%
Special education49%
Not special education81%
Limited English proficient (LEP)55%
Proficient in English79%
Migrantn/a
Not migrant79%
Gifted/talented100%
Not Gifted76%
Bilingualn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013, the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) was used to test students in reading and math in grades 3 through 8; in writing in grades 4 and 7; in science in grades 5 and 8; in social studies in grade 8; and end-of-course assessments for English I, II, and II, Algebra I and II, biology and US History. STAAR is a standards-based test, which means it measures how well students are mastering specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Texas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Texas Education Agency; if there are a small number of students in a particular group, the state doesn't report data for that group.

Source: Texas Education Agency

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
Hispanic 67% 52%
White 20% 29%
Black 7% 13%
Two or more races 4% 2%
Asian or Pacific Islander 2% 4%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Limited English proficient (LEP) 2%N/A17%
Source: TX Education Agency, 2013-2014

Teacher experience

  This school District averageState average
Beginning teachers 2%N/AN/A
Source: Civil Rights Data Collection, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

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Arts & music

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
Music
  • Choir / Chorus

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
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School basics

School Leader's name
  • TOMMY GARCIA
Fax number
  • (210) 688-6072

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Library
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
Girls sports
  • Basketball

Arts & music

Music
  • Choir / Chorus
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11600 Farm to Market 471
San Antonio, TX 78253
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Phone: (210) 397-6000

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