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ATTENTION NEW STUDENTS ACCEPTED INTO THE ACADEMIC CENTER FOR SCHOOL YEAR 2019-2020!
We know this is a big decision to make for you and your family. We will be hosting a Taft AC Meet and Greet on Tuesday, April 30th at 6:30pm in the auditorium. We will have a presentation about the Taft Academic Center, we hope you can make it!
Taft Academic Center is an International Baccalaureate Candidate School
The Academic Center at Taft High School is a unique program offering the International Baccalaureate (IB) Middle Years Programme (MYP) curriculum. The six-year IB sequence is designed for advanced students who have demonstrated high academic potential. Students complete the MYP curriculum, which emphasizes intellectual challenge and encourages students to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world. All Taft Academic Center students are accepted into Taft's selective enrollment IB Diploma Programme.
How is the Taft Academic Center-IB Middle Years Programme Unique?
Taft is the only high school to offer a six-year IB education that focuses on:
International Baccalaureate Teacher Training
To be considered to teach gifted/talented students in the Academic Centers, high-quality teachers are selected who have participated in a myriad of training. Our teachers are extensively trained and certified by the International Baccalaureate Organization. Continued professional development is required for candidate and authorized IB World schools. Training has also been offered through Gifted Education Seminars, Advanced Gifted Institutes, and Summer Best Practice Workshops. The IB MYP highlights teacher collaboration to plan interdisciplinary lessons and align curriculum. The goal for Academic Center courses is to link lessons through multiple disciplines and tie classroom lessons to real world application.
Taft Academic Center Highlights:
Currently, transportation is provided to students who reside more than 1.5 miles from the school. Students are assigned to a neighborhood school for their designated pick-up and drop-off location. For questions in regards to transportation, please contact Mary Kay Cobb at (773) 534-9926.
Application for 2019-20
If you would like to apply for the Academic Center for SY 19-20 please visit GoCPS at go.cps.edu to apply and schedule the entrance exam. All Academic Center applications go through the Office of Access and Enrollment.
William Howard Taft High School is now an IB World School. These are schools that share a common philosophy—a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that William Howard Taft High School believes is important for our students.
*Only schools authorized by the IB Organization can offer any of its three academic programmes: the Primary Years Programme (PYP), the Middle Years Programme (MYP), or the Diploma Programme (and in addition the IB Career-related Certificate). Candidate status gives no guarantee that authorization will be granted. For further information about the IB and its programmes, visit http://www.ibo.org