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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Diversity
    A
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B-
  7. Administration
    B+
  8. Sports
    A-
  9. Food
    C+
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Taft High School is an above average, public, magnet school located in Chicago, IL. It has 3,268 students in grades 7-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 19 to 1. According to state test scores, 34% of students are at least proficient in math and 40% in reading.
Address
6530 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL 60631
Telephone
(773) 534-1000
Website

Taft High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
40%
Percent Proficient - Math
34%
Average Graduation Rate
94%
Average SAT
1110
258 responses
Average ACT
24
341 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    B
  2. Good for Families
    B+
  3. Housing
    B-
Area Feel
Urban
Median Household Income
$75,944
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$764
National
$949
Median Home Value
$312,330
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B-
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.59 responses
Poll
71%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.59 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 211 responses
Report
  • Homecoming (Game and dance)
    23%
  • Sports activities
    17%
  • International Day
    14%
  • International Night
    13%
  • Prom
    11%
  • College Fairs
    6%
  • Spring musical
    5%

Students

Diversity
A
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
3,268
Free or Reduced Lunch
57%
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.64 responses
81%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.64 responses
83%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.64 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
19:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$74,004
Teachers in First/Second Year
9.6%
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.79 responses
73%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.79 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.79 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Average
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,924/ year
National
$12,239
84%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.89 responses
42%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.89 responses
66%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.89 responses
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I started an ESL program in Taft after I moved to Chicago,US in 2014. Taft high school is like a giant "melting pot" with many students come from other countries around the world. Its unique about billingual aspect, the diversity makes Taft beautiful. Taft also known as the sport achievement as the Eagle (Taft students) always work hard and push themselves over limit. The education here not only provide the based-knowledges but also offers opportunities for scholarships, contests... However, I want to see more new aspect about Taft high school. It would be like class schedule; we should have more C bell. It would be changes to every lesson in class; teachers should organize the studying and make games for students involve rather than just talking or writing everything. Overall, Taft is a beautiful school to me!
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I'm a senior at Taft High School and I am in the IB Diploma Program. The IB program has given me a totally different experience at Taft. The IB Program should get more recognition as the students are overworked and stressed out and the school makes it seem like it is all for nothing. Some teachers in the program add onto the stress, while others are passionate about helping their students. Since the school is located on the Northwest side of Chicago there is a lack of diversity in the school. When comparing to other schools in the city, administration overlooks important problems going on in the school. Some facilities need improvement such as the girls' locker room. Overall, the school is improving, but there are still many aspects that need work.
Taft’s reputation has gone up recently and that is because of certain work ethics that many students put in as well as the staff. The facility has had many improvements as well and there is a project going on that will make another facility for the academic center students and freshman. The after school clubs are a must if you are a starting high school. Not only can clubs help you with making new friends, but it can also help you in choosing the college you want to go to. In addition to academic performance, many colleges look at what activities you are involved in after school to fully understand what you are interested in and understand you as a student. I joined clubs and sports because, I wanted to spread my interests onto others and possibly set myself as a role model.