Over crowded this year and I was told by administration the enrollment next year will increase! The parking lot is already very congested and dangerous! I'm horrified for my kid to drive to Taft/comm Arts! The next two years will be difficult for teachers and students being overcrowded until the new high school opens.
I was only there for my freshman year. Taft can be a really a great school or can be a really bad school..it all depends on the crowd you hang out with. Sadly, the crowd I was in ,had a strong spark in my life. I felt Tafts drama was intense but nothing I couldn't handle. And I strongly believe that in highschool, you find out who you are, what your capable of, and it's all just an experience. Experiences are lessons, lessons are a part of life. Taft has lots of diversity n will give your child or you an opportunity to be aware of peoples beliefs and culture. Building memories. Building expensive.
I'm a student attending Taft high school, I also am a member of the band. Yes, the practices are long and intense but this isnt middle school, we have more competitions and we could possibly even go to state this year, Mr. Solis told everyone that year was going to be different. Band isn't mandatory if you're not able to handle the homework and practices (we dont have both morning and afternoon practice so there's plenty of time) your child can always get out of it if he dislikes it so much. 300 other band students handle both academics and band so I don't think there's a problem.
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.
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.
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.
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!