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About This School

Taft Elementary School is a public elementary school in Orange. The principal of Taft Elementary School is Antoinette Coe and can be contacted at acoe@orangeusd.org. 537 students go to Taft Elementary School and identify primarily as Hispanic, Asian, and Filipino. 57% of the Taft Elementary School students have "limited English proficiency." 78% of the 537 students here have subsidized lunches. The student to teacher ratio at Taft Elementary School is 19:1. St. Norbert Catholic School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Band
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Drawing painting
    • Orchestra
    • Theater drama
  • Sports

    • P.E. classes
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Hispanic 80% 46%
Asian 6% 10%
Filipino 2% 2%
Multiracial 2% %
White, non-Hispanic 11% 36%
Black, non-Hispanic 1% 1%
Unspecified 0.4% 4%
Native American or Native Alaskan 0% 0.5%
Pacific Islander 0% 0.6%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 0% 30102%

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 78% 35%
Limited English proficiency 57% 24%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (5 months ago)

    Taft elementary school s a terrible school the test scores drop each year instead of going up! How much lower do the scores have to go before they change things.This school is more worried about protecting it's under performing staff than it is about the students.

  • (5 months ago)

    I love this school. Teachers are very nice. Office staff also really cares about kids. They have quite a variety of kids. They don't give up on those that struggle. They also have family nights that teach kids you can have fun and learn. If tests scores are low they would have been lower if it hadn't been for the good teachers that help.

  • (1 year ago)

    My daughter went there for grades 3-5 its ok but the parking really sucks. Wouldn't let her go back if someone paid me.

  • (2 years ago)

    My 3 children have/still go here & all received individual attention from teachers staff & principal.The teachers go above & beyond in addressing the children's individual needs & responding to parents' input. (Yes a few need to retire perhaps but with the strong young principal they'll either get with the program or move on.) Innovative interventions have resulted in rising test scores. Parents are encouraged to visit any time by the principal "This is your school" and she means it. The positive atmosphere is a result of principal staff teachers & parents working together. Parents are responding to outreach efforts by the PTA with enthusiasm. I have seen a number of other schools and they don't have the welcoming community feel and the determination to succeed (even the wealthy ones.) Safe motivated positive and growing. A "can-do" spirit despite budget cuts Taft is where each child is treated with respect as an individual I love this school.

  • (3 years ago)

    This school has some problems but it is heading in a better direction. Teachers AND parents need to get involved to turn this school around. There are only a couple of each helping and that is not enough.

  • (3 years ago)

    Taft provides excellent support for our children. Their newest principal assures that students achieve their quarterly/yearly goals with the help of the staff & parents. I can honestly say with the exception of a couple teachers that Taft Elementary is a great school with a very dedicated staff. Some teachers have the gift of language down. They know how to use their words in a way that everyone around them feels good about themselves and motivated to do their work. However there are some teachers out there who let their adult sense of humor and frankness go too far. I say to these teachers Think about your words carefully because once you ve spoken there s no taking it back . If a teacher isn't always encouraging and motivating his/her students how should we expect our students to thrive in their learning environment? Bottom line - if a teacher needs to be told what not to say they shouldn't be in the classroom at all.

  • (4 years ago)

    Taft Elementary now has the best and hardest working principal in the district. Mrs. Coe is highly motivated and her efforts are starting to show. The office staff couldn't be more helpful and kind to all. Now Taft need's a great PTA and more parent involvement to match the input and commitment the staff have in our children.

  • (9 years ago)

    Parent involvement is awesome and the teachers are great. Our new principal is the best thing thats happened to our school in years. Taft is a great place for all kids to learn and have fun.

  • (9 years ago)

    Very friendly staff. And a wounderful PTA!

  • (9 years ago)

    Taft elementary school seems to be focused on one thing Test Scores. While this is not a bad focus they seem to forget about the balance a child needs. The school overlooks Computers P.E. and other highlights of elementary school. The teachers are very qualified but have no guidence except for what is expected to be improved by the state or district.

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