Our mission is to provide a quality education for all students while educating the whole child in an atmosphere of respect for self, others, and the school environment.
Taft takes each part of our mission statement very seriously. We boast a top-notch core curriculum that is delivered to all students by a professional and dedicated staff. We seek to challenge each student at their own ability level. Whether students excel or struggle academically, they will be challenged at Taft. We seek to extend our students by allowing grade level promotion in the areas of Math, Science and World Language. Taft’s current student body has a higher percentage of students (37%) qualifying for PACT (Program for Academic and Creative Talent) as compared to city, state or national averages. We extend students’ learning with academic programs such as Mock Trial, Future Cities, National History Day, Mathcounts, Modern Woodman Speech, Lego League, and Chess Club.
Taft has wonderful opportunities for students outside of the classroom. We offer multiple fine arts activities including various music contests, our show choir, plays, musicals, and art competitions. Athletically, we have 30 different teams encompassing the 7th and 8th grades. And finally, Taft offers many after school clubs-Cooking Club, Art Club and Pep Club just to name a few.
Taft also stresses character development. All students adhere to our expectations of giving their personal best, listening attentively, showing respect, being responsible, and displaying trustworthiness.
Ernest Pence dedicated Taft on September 7, 1965. In 1990, the school received the First in the Nation in Education Award. The building has experienced several major modifications to better meet the needs of the students. Its unique design makes it a very functional facility, and it continues to produce outstanding students every year.