Academics

Desktop support. Multimedia specialist. Website developer. Cyber security specialist.

Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School offers a rich, varied educational program where students receive individual attention in a team-based environment, and students graduate prepared to succeed.

Taft focuses on a wide range of information technology skills, with access to cutting-edge technology. Real-world experience is provided through strong partnerships with Cincinnati Bell and other businesses.

Taft provides two full-time counselors to address students' social, emotional and academic needs, and to remove barriers to success.

Taft is a GRAD Cincinnati school, which focuses students on the goal of going to college. This program awards college scholarships to students who fulfill requirements. Students experience a variety of career and postsecondary options beginning in 7th grade.

Taft's students are offered

  • Five computer labs, with state-of-the-art technology
  • Tutoring programs with Cincinnati Bell and University of Cincinnati Bearcat Buddies
  • Advanced Placement (AP) and Advanced Academic (AA) Honors classes
    • English Language and Composition
    • Human Geography
    • Psychology
  • Summer Bridge program
  • Incentive programs that promote academic achievement, good behavior and a positive school culture
  • Comprehensive Safety-Net and Credit Recovery program
  • College Credit Plus classes with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • Leadership training and service-learning opportunities
  • Weekly Advisory lessons, grades 7-9, and guidance sessions, grades 10-12

Taft's structure

Middle school Academy, Grades 7 and 8

  • Rigorous academic classes
  • Housed in the school’s first-floor wing
  • Individual attention to help students transition into the high school environment including classroom guidance and interest inventories

Preparatory Academy, Grades 9 and 10

  • Rigorous academic classes
  • Classes in Information Technology Foundations, where students complete 10 hours of instruction in 17 areas of Information Technology, for a total of 170 hours

Senior Institute, Grades 11 and 12

  • Rigorous academic classes
  • Cyber Security program — only one of its kind in the nation — launched in partnership with Belcan; students can earn industry credentials to qualify for jobs after graduation.
  • Summer internships with Cincinnati Bell
  • Renewable college scholarships from Cincinnati Bell
  • Tablets and Internet access from Cincinnati Bell, for students meeting grade requirements
  • CISCO Networking Academy Lab, including A+ Certification classes
  • Interactive Media Lab, focusing on digital sound, digital photography, graphics and animation, digital video production, web design, and computer-aided publishing
  • Computer repair and help-desk functions, offered in Information Services and support classes

High School Programs

We offer in-depth coursework in the following high-demand fields:

Career-Technical Education

  • Interactive Media
  • Information Support and Services
  • Cyber Security

Industry Credential

  • Cyber Security

Employment Pipeline

  • Cyber Security – Belcan

Foreign Language

  • Spanish

High School Course Guide

Our High School Course Guide includes more detail about the opportunities and resources available to our high school students. Students and their families are encouraged to use the High School Course Guide to plan their educational pathway. The guide includes course descriptions, information about early college credit and alternative credit programs, and more. Graduation requirements, grade reporting, report cards and other policies and procedures are also included in the guide.

    Tutoring

    Tutoring sessions are provided in school during the first bell period on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Academic as well as test-prep help is available. After-school tutoring is also available at Taft! Many of your teachers are on hand to help you with homework, projects, test prep and any other academic assistance you might need after school, from 3:30–4:30 p.m. However, available tutoring days vary from teacher to teacher, so please schedule an appointment with your teacher.