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Taft Elementary

School Profile

Principal: Connie Smith

Enrollment: 570

Grades: K-6, SDC Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten

School Colors: Red and White


School Mission
Taft School staff is dedicated to fostering a safe, collaborative learning environment, setting high expectations for all students, and providing personalized instruction.  Our emphasis is on developing strong communication skills and sound decision making abilities.

Principal's Message

Welcome to Taft Elementary School’s website.  I hope you find this site useful and informative. Please use this site to stay connected during the school year.

I am excited to start my fifth year as your principal.  I look forward to continuing to work with our students, staff, and community.  Taft teachers and staff are committed to providing each student with the highest level of instruction and involvement possible. 

Taft Elementary School is one of twenty six elementary schools in the Orange Unified School District.  The exceptionally well maintained school was built in 1962 and sits on 16.5 acres of land.  Taft is located on Cambridge between Meats and Taft about ½ mile from The Village of Orange.  Taft is a diverse school with 570 students enrolled in grades preschool-6. In addition to our K-6 general education program, Taft includes a preschool special education class, and a regional transitional kindergarten.  Taft Elementary School follows a modified traditional calendar which can be found on the district webpage.

Taft Teachers are dedicated to providing a safe collaborative learning environment by setting high expectations and providing personalized instruction.  Our educators utilize research based strategies to support our school’s focus of vocabulary development, reading, and writing in all content areas. Students utilize their developing literacy skills to expand their knowledge of science and social studies concepts. Students also have the opportunity to engage in hands-on science activities and to explore computer based learning through our ST Math program.

 We actively focus on areas of academic improvement and celebrate our students’ success.  Our goal is to monitor student progress by using formative assessments to evaluate student achievement and modify instruction in order to meet each student’s needs.  We also carefully teach, model, and support behavioral expectations through our Positive Behavior Intervention and Support program. To model “life-long learning” the staff at Taft is constantly seeking opportunities to continue their training and refine their skills. 

Our staff works to build an atmosphere that invites parents and the local community to be a part of the educational process.  Parents are provided multiple opportunities to engage in the education of their children.  Opportunities for parental involvement include volunteering in the office or classroom, attending educational excursions, advisory meetings, family nights, classroom observations, and our quarterly Books and Breakfast.  The community is encouraged to participate in all Taft events.  It is our goal to openly communicate with parents and the community through monthly newsletters, e-mails, notes, phone messages, and the school marquee.

I look forward to another outstanding year and continuing to work in partnership with all members of our Taft community.  If you have any questions or would like more information, please call us at 714-997-6254. Our office hours are 7:30 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

“Today a Reader, Tomorrow a Leader!” Go Taft Tigers, Roar!


principal Connie Smith
Principal