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Welcome to Taft Community School!
 !Bienvenidos a la Escuela Comunitaria de Taft!

Mission Statement: We are Taft Community School.Our students, parents,staff, and community members work together to ensure every student meets or exceeds academic standards in a safe and caring environment.Building on diverse backgrounds, providing educational opportunities and resources, and fostering successful learning experiences, we are dedicated to being lifelong learners and contributing members of a global society.

School Overview: Taft Community School offers a rich learning community where academic rigor is combined with science enrichment, art, singing, instrumental music, dance, gardening and environmental studies, field trips, social justice projects, and after school programs. Taft has outstanding teachers and staff who have help students make academic progress at a rate achieved by only a handful of schools in the state of California. Taft promotes student success by focusing on the broad community context in which eduction and learning happen. The fundamental belief guiding this approach is a conviction that schools, families, and communities can work together for their common good. As a community school, Taft draws from several disciplines such as education, community development and youth development.

The principal and teachers at Taft firmly believe that all children can and will learn given the right environment.  The staff operates on the principle that that it takes time and perseverance to discover the different learning styles of a diverse group of students, but that it does happen.  Careful planning, collaboration and communication are the keys to student success.

The curriculum at Taft Community School complements the California Standards curriculum, and the school focuses on exemplary staff development, high achievement expectations, and addressing each student's needs. The Taft community believes that each individual student can perform at grade level or above and will progress academically throughout the year. All instruction and assessments are aligned with the California State Standards and each child is provided with the necessary support to help them access our standards-based curriculum. The staff is dedicated to providing a strong supportive, enriching learning environment that is designed to give students the best opportunity for success, both in school and in their futures.

You can read more detailed information about Taft Community School in its Comprehensive Schoolwide Program Plan (SPSA),  and in its School Accountability Report Card (SARC).

Change is GoodWe recently updated our school website, and we are very excited about some of the new features we can now offer parents, staff and the community. To read about some new and exciting features that we will be implementing, click here.

Headlines & Features

  • Town Hall Meetings: October 6, 7 and 9

    Long Range Planning for the Future of Our Schools: New ways of teaching and learning in the future may require new learning spaces that are different from classrooms today. Recognizing that our schools may need changes to accommodate new models or learning, serve the needs of an influx of new families to the area, and ensure that our schools adhere to the latest safety standards, the Redwood City School District started a Facilities Master Plan process last spring. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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  • Redwood City School District Is Awarded $1.06 Million From Startup:Education

    Startup:Education, the philanthropic organization founded by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, has awarded a grant of $1.06 million to the Redwood City School District for a technology integration project at Hoover and Taft Schools, and to provide support to an effort to revitalize John Gill School. To read more, please click on the headline above. Para español, opriman en el titular.

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  • CORRECTION to San Jose Mercury news article, "Another year of pizza heaven coming to Redwood City school cafeterias"

    A news story about pizza lunches in the Redwood City School District requires clarification. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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  • Save October 4 for OktobeRun!

    Runners of all abilities will want to know that OktobeRun returns for its 4th season this October 4, 2014. Proceeds from OktobeRun benefit the Redwood City Education Foundation. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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  • Survey of Parents, Staff and Students is Overwhelmingly Positive

    Results from a recent survey of Redwood City School District parents, staff and students that measured perception of the schools’ academic strengths and weaknesses, and overall satisfaction with the district indicate that parent, staff and students are very satisfied with academics, safety and the atmosphere at each school. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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  • KIPP and Rocketship Charter Petitions Approved by the Board

    On June 25, 2014, the School Board conditionally approved petitions from two charter schools, KIPP and Rocketship. KIPP and Rocketship will operate independently of the Redwood City School District, but the school district will have legal oversight of the two schools. The schools will open in the fall of 2015 if the details describing the working relationship between the charters and the District can be worked out in Memorandums of Understanding. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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  • Hoover School Featured in Sobrato Video

    Our own Hoover School was the pilot for the SEAL program - a major initiative by the Sobrato Family Foundation that is helping English learner students throughout the Bay Area excel in school. Results at Hoover have been outstanding! Our students and staff are featured in this inspiring video. http://www.sobrato.com/sobrato-philanthropies/sobrato-family-foundation/seal/program-model/

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  • Redwood City School District And Redwood City Teachers Association Reach Tentative Contract Agreement: Total compensation increases by 3.5%

    On June 2, 2014, the Redwood City School District reached a tentative agreement with the Redwood City Teachers Association (RCTA), resolving negotiations for the 2013-2014 school year. Under the terms of the agreement, teachers will receive a total increase of 3.5%, of which 2% will be retroactive to July 1, 2013 and the remaining 1.5% will be effective today, June 2, 2014. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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  • 2014-15 Instructional Calendar Approved

    To view the 2014-15 instructional calendar, please click on the headline above. Para español, opriman en el titular.

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  • RCSD Benefits from $120 million Zuckerberg Pledge

    RCSD is one of the districts that will benefit from the $120 million pledge recently made by Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan. To read more, please click on the headline above.

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