Academics

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

When it comes to careers in information technology (IT), the field is wide open for Robert A. Taft Information Technology High School students. Students develop a wide range of IT skills to build a solid foundation of knowledge. They also work with cutting-edge technology and gain real-world experience.

Taft students have access to:

  • Five computer labs, with state-of-the-art technology
  • Advanced Placement classes in:
    • Composition
    • Human Geography
    • Literature
    • Psychology
    • Statistics
  • Advanced Academic classes
  • The Summer Bridge program
  • A comprehensive safety net and credit recovery program
  • College Credit Plus classes with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College
  • Leadership training and service-learning opportunities

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.

High School Programs

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

Academic Structure

Taft High School is broken out into three academies.

Middle School Academy, Grades 7 and 8

The Middle School Academy nurtures students' curiosity and growing sense of self. Our curriculum encourages student interest, engages students as enthusiastic and tireless learners, promotes a positive learning culture, and involves parents and families in the process. The Middle School Academy offers:

  • Rigorous academic classes
  • Individual attention to help students transition into the high school environment

Preparatory Academy, Grades 9 and 10

Preparatory Academy (PA) courses provide students with a foundation for the Senior Institute. PA courses can be completed in two or three years depending on each student. The PA offers:

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

Senior Institute, Grades 11 and 12

Senior Institute (SI) courses expand students' knowledge in a specialty area of IT. Students master the skills they need to further their education or gain entry-level employment. The SI offers:

  • Rigorous academic classes
  • Ten paid summer internships with Cincinnati Bell
  • Five $10,000 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

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.