General Education



Deadline for Application: Friday, December 22nd, 2017

6530 W Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago, IL  60631

(773) 534-1000
As an IB World School, Taft High School reflects the diversity of our global society while setting the highest expectations as the premier neighborhood school in Chicago.

Taft aims to prepare students to thrive as global citizens through a wide variety of academic programs, including IB, Microsoft Office Certification and a nationally ranked Naval JROTC program.
Academic Performance
School LevelLevel 1
This is the rating the school district gives to a school about how well they are performing. From highest performing to lowest performing, the possible levels are: Level 1+, Level 1, Level 2+, Level 2, and Level 3.
Freshman On Track87%
This is the percentage of the last 9th grade class that, based on their grades and attendance in 9th grade, is on track to graduate. Whether or not a student is on track during their freshman year is the biggest indicator of whether or not they will graduate from high school on time!
Average ACT Score19.50
The ACT is a standardized test for high school achievement and college admissions that students take during their 11th grade year. This piece of information averages together the scores of the last 11th grade class at a school. The CPS average is 18.2.
Graduation Rates87%
This is the percentage of a group of students at a school that graduated within five years. The average in CPS is 69.9%.
College Enrollment Rates66%
College Readiness37%
This is the percentage of students at a school that scored at least a 21 on the ACT, which demonstrates a higher level of readiness to take college level courses.
School Culture
Student Mobility10%
The percentage of students that transfer in or out of the school during the school year. A higher percentage means that there are more students coming and going. Though it doesn’t tell us why students are transferring in and out, we can imagine that it could feel a little unstable if this is a high percentage.
Student Attendance89%
This is the average daily attendance at the school – on average, what percent of all the students enrolled at the school are in attendance. We don’t know why students may not be attending the school, but if this is a low number it is likely that teachers may have to spend more time reviewing material that absent students miss, making it harder to move forward in a class.
Teacher Attendance90%
This is the average daily attendance of teachers at the school – on average, what percent of all the teachers employed at the school are in attendance. As a student, it could be more challenging to make academic progress if you regularly have substitutes or don’t get to build a relationship with the teacher.
Involved Families: Does the school partner with families and communities?Strong
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?Neutral
Collaborative Teachers: Do teachers work well together and strive for excellence?Neutral
Safety: Do students feel safe in and around the school building and traveling to and from school?Weak
School Fit
Avg Class size25
This is the average number of students that is in each classroom. Use your current class as a reference point. Are you comfortable learning and contributing in a class this big? Would you prefer a class that has fewer students or more students?
Total Enrollment3368
This tells us the total number of students that attend the school. Use your school as a reference point. Would you like a school that has fewer, more, or about the same number of students in your school?
White 46.3%
Hispanic 39.4%
Asian 7.3%
Other 4.6%
Black 2.3%
White 48.1%
Hispanic 39.7%
Asian 7.5%
Other 2.4%
Black 2.2%
This tells us about the racial and ethnic backgrounds of the students that attend the school. Is it important to you that there is diversity in your high school? Are you more comfortable being around other students that have a similar racial/ethnic background as you?
General Information
NetworkNetwork 1
School TypeNeighborhood
ProgramsGeneral Education IB - Diploma Programme IB - Middle Years Programme NJROTC
Application RequirementsStudents currently enrolled in the school's eighth grade will have a deadline to submit their intent to enroll in ninth grade if they wish to enroll in the school's general education program.

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. show attendance boundary
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How to Apply
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Grades Served7 - 12
Daily Schedule7:45 am - 2:58 pm
Bilingual ServicesYes
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