TAFT IS AN INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE WORLD SCHOOL

For the second consecutive year Taft High School has been recognized by US News and World Reports as one of the Best High School in the Nation. Taft High School is the largest IB school in Illinois. International Baccalaureate World Schools share a common philosophy—a commitment to improve the teaching and learning of a diverse and inclusive community of students by delivering a challenging and high quality program of international education. Taft is the school that the movie GREASE was based on and one of our famous alumni is Terry Kath, the lead singer and guitarist of the band CHICAGO.


 

School Rating ?

Level 1 ?

GOOD STANDING

School Grades

7-12

# of Students

3,887

Governance

District ?

Faculty


Mark Grishaber
Principal

Eric Flores
Assistant Principal

Jenny Greenblatt
Assistant Principal

Patrick Levins
Assistant Principal

Ryan Glowacz
Assistant Principal

Melissa Hendler
Assistant Principal

Dan Kuzma
Assistant Principal

Hours


7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
School Hours
7:45 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
HS Freshman Hours
06:30 a.m.
Earliest Drop Off
3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
After School Hours

 

Public Transit


CTA Bus
68, 86
CTA Train
Blue
Metra
Union Pacific Northwest (UP-NW)

Demographics ?


Asian
7.3%
Black
2.6%
Hispanic
41.4%
White
45.0%
Other
3.7%
 0
100

Statistics ?


Low Income
51.3%
Diverse Learners
12.7%
Limited English
9.3%
Mobility Rate ?
10.4%
Chronic Truancy ?
NOT ENOUGH DATA
 0
100

Bilingual Services:

Yes

Classroom Languages:

Arabic, French, Korean, Polish, Spanish, Spanish for Heritage Speakers

Dress Code:

No

Attendance Boundaries:

Yes
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Refugee Services:

No

Title I Eligible:

No

Significantly Modified Curriculum w/ Intensive Supports Program:

Yes

School Year 2019-2020

2019 Profile Page Report

SCHOOL RATING ?
Level 1 ?
STUDENT GROWTH ?
BELOW AVERAGE ?
STUDENT ATTAINMENT ?
MET EXPECTATIONS ?
CULTURE & CLIMATE ?
MODERATELY ORGANIZED ?
SAT Average ?
1010
CPS Average 962
5-Year Cohort Graduation Rate ?
83.9%
CPS Average 78.9%
College Enrollment ?
77.5%
CPS Average 67.2%

Healthy CPS
Healthy Schools Image coming soon ?

Creative Schools Certification ?
Creative Schools Image

Supportive Schools ?
Supportive Schools Image ?

Student Growth By Grade Level BELOW AVERAGE ?
Student Growth (percentile)
9th Grade (PSAT 9) Cohort
82nd
10th Grade (PSAT 10) Reading
11th
10th Grade (PSAT 10) Math
13th
11th Grade (SAT) Reading
31st
11th Grade (SAT) Math
33rd
11th Grade (SAT) Cohort
34th
0
50
99
Median
Student Attainment By Grade Level MET EXPECTATIONS ?
Student Attainment (Percent Meeting College Readiness Benchmarks)
9th Grade (PSAT 9)
62.4%
10th Grade (PSAT 10)
57.5%
11th Grade (SAT)
51.9%
All
57.3%
 0
50
100
Majority of Students
This School's Average Score
PSAT 9 - 909
PSAT 10 - 942
SAT - 1010
Progress Toward Graduation and College
Freshman On Track
School (2019)
85.9%
CPS (2019)
88.5%
School (2018)
85.4%
CPS (2018)
89.4%
 0
100
4 Year Graduation
School (2019)
84.6%
CPS (2019)
78.0%
School (2018)
80.4%
CPS (2018)
75.6%
 0
100
5 Year Graduation
School (2019)
83.9%
CPS (2019)
78.9%
School (2018)
85.8%
CPS (2018)
78.2%
 0
100
College Enrollment
School (2019)
77.5%
CPS (2019)
67.2%
School (2018)
78.5%
CPS (2018)
68.2%
 0
100
College Persistence
School (2019)
85.8%
CPS (2019)
73.2%
School (2018)
82.1%
CPS (2018)
72.3%
 0
100
School Culture and Climate Details MODERATELY ORGANIZED ?
The 5Essentials from the My Voice, My School Survey ?
 
Involved Families: Does the school partner with families and communities? NEUTRAL
Supportive Environment: Is the school safe and supportive with high expectations? NEUTRAL
Ambitious Instruction: Is instruction focused, challenging and engaging? STRONG
Effective Leaders: Does leadership focus on results and school improvement? WEAK
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence? NEUTRAL
Parent Survey Results ?
 
School Community: Do parents feel welcome and included in the school? NEUTRAL
Parent-Teacher Partnership: Do parents feel teachers partner with them to support student success? WEAK
Quality of Facilities: Do parents feel satisfied with the physical environment of their child's school? WEAK
Safety ?
 
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school? WEAK
Behavior and Discipline ?
2018 2019 District Average
Number of out-of-school suspensions per 100 students 1.6 2.2 5.2
Percent of misconducts resulting in out-of-school suspension 2.0% 2.6% 15.1%
Average length of out-of-school suspensions 1.2 days 1.4 days 1.9 days
Other Important Metrics
2018 2019 District Average
Student attendance 90.1% 89.9% 92.8%
Teacher attendance 94.7% 94.9% 94.7%
1 Year Dropout Rate 2.9% 1.4% 6.0%
Survey Response Rate
Response Rate CPS Average
Students 86.8% 81.4%
Teachers 68.1% 78.5%
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You can find more information about the measures used in this report on the CPS web site.

The State of Illinois Report Card for this school can be viewed at the State Report Card web site.

Program Application Requirements

General Education

Deadline:  12/13/2019
Grades Served: 9-12
Application Requirements
None
Selections
Students currently enrolled in the school's eighth grade will receive an offer.

Students enrolled in the Taft Academic Center or students who live within the school's attendance boundary can be admitted automatically.

This program only accepts students who live within the school's attendance boundary or who attend the school's Academic Center.
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How to Apply
Access online high school application or paper high school application at go.cps.edu.

General Education for Preference Zone

Deadline:  12/13/2019
Grades Served: 9-12
Application Requirements
None
Selections
Students are randomly selected by computerized lottery. This program only accepts students who live within the school's Preference Zone.
How to Apply
Access online high school application or paper high school application at go.cps.edu.

International Baccalaureate (IB)

Deadline:  12/13/2019
Grades Served: 9-12
Application Requirements
General Education and 504 Plan students: Minimum percentile of 24 in both reading and math on NWEA MAP and minimum 2.5 GPA in 7th grade.

IEP and EL students: Minimum combined percentile of 48 in reading and math on NWEA MAP and minimum 2.5 GPA in 7th grade.

Attendance at an Information Session is required for all eligible applicants.
Selections
Eligible students are selected on a point system. Points are based on NWEA MAP scores and 7th grade GPA. Students who live within the school's attendance boundary will be given 50 additional points. The school determines the minimum cutoff score for selections. Preference is given to students who meet the minimum eligibility requirements, attend an Information Session, and are enrolled in the school’s Academic Center.
How to Apply
Access online high school application or paper high school application at go.cps.edu.

NJROTC

Deadline:  12/13/2019
Grades Served: 9-12
Application Requirements
General Education and 504 Plan students: Minimum percentile of 50 in both reading and math on NWEA MAP.

IEP and EL students: Minimum combined percentile of 100 in reading and math on NWEA MAP.

Eligible applicants must participate in an interview.
Selections
Eligible students are selected on a point system. Points are based on the student's NWEA MAP scores and the interview.
How to Apply
Access online high school application or paper high school application at go.cps.edu.

Selective Enrollment (Academic Center)

Deadline:  12/13/2019
Grades Served: 7-8
Application Requirements
General Education and 504 Plan students: Minimum percentile of 45 in both reading and math on NWEA MAP.

IEP and EL students: Minimum NWEA MAP percentile of 50 in one subject (reading or math) and minimum NWEA MAP percentile of 40 in the other subject (reading or math).

Testing is required for all eligible applicants.
Selections
Eligible students are selected on a point system with a maximum of 900 points. Students are assigned points for prior year final grades, NWEA MAP scores, and the admissions test, each worth a maximum of 300 points.
How to Apply
Access online Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools application or paper Selective Enrollment Elementary Schools application at go.cps.edu.
In-School Programs   ?
  • AP (14) 
  • AVID 
  • CTE (Digital Media 
  • IT Applications) 
  • IBCC 
  • JROTC 
School-Wide Programs and Models
  • Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) 
  • Broadcast Technology 
  • Career and Technical Education Programs 
  • College Prep Math and Science 
  • Information Technology 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma 
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years 
  • JROTC Academy 
  • Performing Arts 
College and Career
  • ACT/SAT Prep Courses 
  • College Tours 
Creative
  • Animation 
  • Animation/Cartoon 
  • Art Studio 
  • Band/Orchestra 
  • Ceramics 
  • Choir/Chorus 
  • Crochet 
  • Dance 
  • Drama 
  • Drawing 
  • Ethnic/Folk Dance 
  • Figure Drawing 
  • Film and Video 
  • Fundamentals/Theory of Music 
  • Graphic Design 
  • Guitar 
  • Improv 
  • Jewelry 
  • Knitting 
  • Media and Production Workshops 
  • Mixed Media 
  • Modern/Hip-Hop Dance 
  • Mosaics 
  • Murals 
  • Musicals 
  • Origami 
  • Painting 
  • Percussion 
  • Photography 
  • Piano/Keyboard 
  • Plays/Acting 
  • Pottery 
  • Rock Band 
  • Sewing 
  • Sketching 
  • Student Art Club 
  • Student Music Club 
  • Talent Show 
  • Theater 
  • Web Design 
  • Weekend Enrichment 
Health and Wellness
  • Crisis Intervention Services 
  • Health Curriculum Utilized 
  • Targeted Interventions 
  • Workshops/Classes 
Life and Leadership
  • Activism/Social Impact Clubs 
  • Boys/Girls Scouts 
  • Environmental Club 
  • Ethnic Club 
  • JROTC 
  • Leaders Program 
  • Mentoring for Boys/Girls 
  • Mikva Challenge 
  • Mock Trial 
  • Peace Circles 
  • Peer Jury 
  • Peer Mentors 
  • Restorative Justice 
  • Service Learning/Community Volunteer Program 
  • Student Ambassadors 
  • Student Council/Government 
Parent and Community
  • 8-9th Grade Transition Workshops 
  • Art Appreciation 
  • Book Club 
  • Community Service 
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • ESL Workshops 
  • Family Breakfasts 
  • Family Counseling/Support Group 
  • Family Nights 
  • Field Trip 
  • Financial Literacy Workshops 
  • Fitness Classes 
  • Grandparents Group 
  • Meeting Space For Parent Groups 
  • Parent Advisory/Group 
  • Peace Circles 
  • Safety Workshops 
  • Self-Esteem Workshops 
  • Transition to College Workshops 
Scholastic
  • Advanced Placement 
  • Bilingual Support 
  • Book/Reading Club 
  • Chess Team 
  • Chicago History Fair 
  • Debate Team 
  • Evening School 
  • Expanded Library Service Hours 
  • Freshmen On-Pace 
  • History Club 
  • Homework Club/Study Group 
  • Homework Help 
  • Journalism Club 
  • Math Bowl 
  • Math Team 
  • Mayor Daley’s Book Club 
  • Newspaper 
  • Poetry Club 
  • Poetry Workshops 
  • Science Club 
  • Speech Team 
  • Spelling Team 
  • Summer School 
  • Technology Club 
  • Tutoring 
  • Virtual Learning/Online Courses 
  • Yearbook Club 
Sports and Fitness
  • 16” Softball 
  • Baseball 
  • Basketball 
  • Bowling 
  • Boys’ Baseball 
  • Boys’ Basketball 
  • Boys’ Bowling 
  • Boys’ Cross Country 
  • Boys’ Golf 
  • Boys’ Lacrosse 
  • Boys’ Soccer 
  • Boys’ Softball 
  • Boys’ Swimming 
  • Boys’ Tennis 
  • Boys’ Track 
  • Boys’ Volleyball 
  • Boys’ Water Polo 
  • Cheerleading 
  • Chess 
  • Conditioning and Fitness 
  • Dance 
  • Fast Pitch 
  • Flag Football 
  • Football 
  • Girls’ Basketball 
  • Girls’ Bowling 
  • Girls’ Cross Country 
  • Girls’ Golf 
  • Girls’ Lacrosse 
  • Girls’ Soccer 
  • Girls’ Softball 
  • Girls’ Swimming 
  • Girls’ Tennis 
  • Girls’ Track 
  • Girls’ Volleyball 
  • Girls’ Water Polo 
  • Gymnastics 
  • Karate 
  • Ping Pong 
  • Pom-Pon 
  • Rugby 
  • Running 
  • Soccer 
  • Softball 
  • Tennis 
  • Volleyball 
  • Wrestling 
  • Yoga/Pilates 
Performance
Report Name Date Download
School Quality Rating Report 2019
High School Progress Report - English 2019
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2019
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2019
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2019
School Quality Rating Report 2018
High School Progress Report - English 2018
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2018
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2018
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2018
School Quality Rating Report 2017
High School Progress Report - English 2017
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2017
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2017
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2017
School Quality Rating Report 2016
High School Progress Report - English 2016
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2016
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2016
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2016
School Quality Rating Report 2015
High School Progress Report - English 2015
Elementary School Progress Report - English 2015
High School Progress Report - Spanish 2015
Elementary School Progress Report - Spanish 2015
School Quality Rating Report 2014
Financial
Report Name Date Download
School Segment Report 2010
Building
Report Name Date Download
6 Month Asbestos Report Fall 2018
Asbestos Inspection Report 2019
Accessibility Summary Report 2014-2015
Facility Assessment Summary Report 2014-2015
Facility Assessment Detail Report 2014-2015
Education Facilities Master Plan 2013
Other
Report Name Date Download
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2019
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2018
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2017
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2016
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2015
My Voice, My School Parent/Guardian Survey 2014
Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) 2018-2020
Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) 2012-2014
Continuous Improvement Work Plan (CIWP) 2016-2018
Healthy CPS Report 2019
Healthy CPS Report 2018
Healthy CPS Report 2017
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