Golden School Award: since 1990
Five-Star School: since 1996
State A+ School: since 1998
Since its opening in 1990, Taylor Ranch has been one of the leaders in the use of educational technology. Multi-media, e-mail, productivity software, and the Internet are an important part of the overall educational program. The school was one of the first in the county to be completely networked using fiber optics. This network provides every classroom with a high-speed connection to the Internet. iReady, an Integrated Learning System (ILS), is utilized daily by students at every grade level, either in one of our four computer labs or on classroom computer work stations.
The Boosters (our parent organization) are an indispensable source of support for the school. Financially, they provide support for classroom equipment and supplies, computers, field trips, school assemblies, and more.
A state-of-the-art science laboratory, making hands-on science learning available to all students, was completed during the 2002-03 school year. The lab is also outfitted with 30 Surface Pro labtop computers, which allow students to access high tech resources as they work in the lab. Every student in grades K-5 attends the science lab once per week to conduct experiments that are aligned with science curriculum taught in their regular classroom.
Our monthly newsletter, "The Trailblazer," is filled with news and student work. In addition, classroom newsletters are sent home on a regular basis. In addition, fourth and fifth grade students staff our daily morning news program, the WTRS News. Three student crews rotate to produce and direct this live programming everyday during the school year.
STAR Reading/STAR Early Literacy
Star Reading and Star Early Literacy are both computer-based assessment programs. Using in-context vocabulary questions plus authentic text passages, Star Reading provides a precise measure of each student's reading performance. Star Early Literacy diagnoses each student's command of phonemic awareness, phonics, and other readiness and literacy skills. The focus o this early literacy program is at the kindergarten level.
Accelerated Reader (AR)
The computerized program, AR, has also helped to significantly improve the reading skills of students. Students receive points for reading books and passing short comprehension tests on each book. Students are recognized for their efforts by receiving AR dogtags.
Advanced Work Classes (AWC)
There is an AWC class at each grade level, except kindergarten and first grade. Advanced Work Classes have been established to meet the needs of gifted and high-performing students. An expanded and accelerated curriculum has been designed to academically challenge these students. Entry into the program is based primarily on a student’s performance on a variety of standardized tests.
iReady Technology Labs
Taylor Ranch School has four technology labs set up to provide all students with the very latest in instructional software. The iReady learning system was introduced to TRS in the 2015-16 school year.
The library boasts over twenty thousand print and non-print items available for student, parent, and teacher check-out. Every child has the opportunity to visit the library during the week and may borrow books for pleasure or projects. We have a rare book nook where our students' own published works are displayed and read by others. In addition, we house computer work stations for research and CD-ROM programs that help our students to prepare their projects. Parents are encouraged to check out books to read to their children or view professional videos to help with parenting or school projects.
Positive Behavior Support
We believe that the ethical, moral, and virtuous development of our students is of paramount importance. Each day students have opportunities to demonstrate our three school-wide expectations. They are: Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be a STAR! In addition, students can be recognized for their positive school work and behavior by receiving PBS stamps. TRS has a stamp economy that allow students to accumulate stamps and earn recognition on the PBS Wall of Fame, which highlights students earning 600, 800 and 1000 stamps during the year.
Students from grades 3-5 are elected by their classmates as delegates to the Student Council. The council undertakes a number of school improvement and community service projects each year.
Before/After School Care
Recognizing the needs of working parents, the school provides a low-cost child care program from 6:45-8:30 AM and again from 3:15-6:00 PM.
Numerous awards and recognitions are given to high achieving students. Approximately 125 straight-A students have brunch with the principal at a local restaurant following each grading period. Students also receive recognition for earning Accelerated Reader points and PBS stamps.
Mission & Vision
“To prepare students to reach educational success, social responsibility, emotional well being, and develop ethical values by providing a dynamic and relevant curriculum, effective instruction, and a safe, nurturing and confidence-building environment. We encourage a total commitment of students, families, community, and staff to attain to this mission.”
"We envision Taylor Ranch School as a community of learners. This community includes the administrators, teachers, support staff, students, parents, participating businesses and other involved stakeholders. This collaborative community is actively involved in researching best practices, analyzing student data, and expertly providing the best learning experiences and opportunities for our students and staff. Our dedication and outlook toward the future will work together so that our entire learning community will have the opportunity to achieve excellence."