School Mission and Pledge

  • Contact Information:

    Taft / Montessori SPECIALTY SCHOOL

    419 Downing Stockton, CA 95206
    (209)933-7285 Extension 6720

    ClassDojo-all school and parent information

    Office Emails:

    Jana Brooks-Principal extension 6702 

    Zua Her-Assistant Principal extension6798

    Lourdes Gonzalez-Administrative Assistant extension 6700

    Patience Barkley-Student Support Tech. and cum requests extension 6701

    Sarah Neely-Counselor extension 6710

    Jessica Camacho-Counselor extension 6710

    Daniel Molina-Parent Liaison extension 6712




    Taft Elementary School serves culturally diverse students in an equitable environment by building meaningful partnerships among all stakeholders. Taft Elementary School's mission is to prepare all students to be college, career, and community ready.


    Our aim is to provide a safe learning environment with a welcoming atmosphere which creates a sense of belonging amongst the students and families. We maintain an inclusive environment which acknowledges and respects children of diverse family and cultural backgrounds.

    TAFT'S R.O.A.R Principles

    R      Responsible

    O      Organized

    A      Always Safe

    R      Respectful


    The morning routine will proceed as follows:

    • Students may enter the front gate to enter the cafeteria and have breakfast at 7:40 a.m.
    • Students will stand with their grade levels until the warning bell rings at 8:07  a.m. Warning bell signals students to walk to their line. Teachers will pick up students from their line at 8:10 a.m.
    • All grade levels have a designated area in which to play.
    • Students who are late to school need to check into the office before going to class

    The afternoon routine will proceed as follows:

    • Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten students will be checked out in the hallway outside classroom #1.  Parents will either walk to the area or drive up and have their child loaded into the car by a Taft staff member. Bus riders will be escorted to the bus by a noon duty assistant. 
    • All other grade levels will exit out the appropriately assigned gate (in line) led by their teacher.

    Additional Information:

    • Parents are not permitted on the school grounds without an SUSD volunteer badge or signing in at the office and receiving a visitor's badge. 
    • To obtain an official SUSD volunteer badge, parents must complete an application through Be A Mentor. The website is Or you may obtain information in the front office..
    • To meet with the teacher, please go to the front office to either schedule a meeting or leave a message. The teacher will be in contact with you as soon as available. Calls will not be transferred directly into the classroom as it disrupts and interrupts instruction.