TAFT GRADE SCHOOL

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1605 S WASHINGTON ST
LOCKPORT, IL 60441
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Phone: 815-838-0408
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 3
  • Educational Climate: Average
  • Technology Measure: Medium-low
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: Taft Sd 90
  • Students/Teacher: 15:1
  • Students/Grade: 37.8
  • Number Students: 340
  • Number Teachers: 25
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: 3909
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Principal: Dr Kim Sekulich
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  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
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School Ratings & Reviews

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    School Reviews (21 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-30
    "My kids are thriving at Taft School. The classroom size is small (16-20 kids in both my kids' classes each year). All of the students know each other very well. I have never seen any bullying. The kids seem to be a close knit group b/c there are so few of them. There are many anti-bullying programs throughout the year. All of the teachers we have had so far are very good at balancing a diverse classroom of learners...keeping the stronger students engaged and challenged while still supporting and encouraging the struggling students. Some parents might complain about the school not having any buses. I happen to love the fact that I have to drop off and pick up my kids. I have met so many of my children's friends' parents that way. Now, when they want to go to a friends house, I usually have already met the parents and it is no longer an issue. The teachers are usually out on the playground after school, so you see them frequently. They are always willing to give you a little mini parent-teacher conference while your kid plays on the playground after school. All-in-all, I love this school. I do wish the building was more updated, but that is not what truly matters."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-30
    "I love Taft School! From the teachers to the staff and administration, the various parent groups and all the families. Taft has a nice small community where you can walk up and talk to a parent and/or student and you can tell they're proud to be in the Taft family. I was worried when moving back to Lockport because I've heard there were some issues with the school, but every school has their issue, yeah this school is old, but they're working in updating a lot of the problems, they have new leadership that is getting the school and the school board more involved with the city of Lockport, I honestly can't say that about many of the other schools in the area. I'm proud to be a Viking Family and hope others thinking about moving in the district will give it a chance, I know once they do, they'll feel the same."
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-09
    "As a teacher at this school I am very proud. Proud of my students, coworkers, administrators, parents, community, and school board. Everyone works extremely hard to get the best for our kids. The teachers find every resource possible to use to differentiate each lesson to meet the needs of our students. My students work so hard everyday and bring a smile to my face. I love the parent involvement we have. The PTA, & Taft foundation work so hard to get things the students and school needs and I know we are all so grateful! I am happy to say I work here and to be apart of the Taft family"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-08
    "The teachers and administration care -- really care -- about the students. All of the teachers are friendly and hard working. It's a small school, so everyone knows everyone and you and your child will make close, lifelong friends. True, we don't have as many amenities as other neighboring schools, but we spend more time on the basics (like math!) Plus, there are many opportunities for parents to get involved with their children's school lives through volunteering with the PTA or Sports Association. And when it comes to sports, everyone makes the team!"
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-04-07
    "We have fabulous things going on at Taft.................great parent involvement, teachers and staff communicate regularly with families to keep everyone "in the know", the students are excelling academically and the building is in the process of getting updated. Glad to be a part of the community!"
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