Bayard Taylor Elementary K-5

David Laver

3698 N. Randolph Street
Philadelphia PA 19140
Phone: 215-227-4435

Providing all students with the academic, technological & social skills needed to be productive & contributing citizens in our society.

Bayard Taylor School

Message from the Principal

Hello Bayard Taylor Elementary School Community.


It is with great enthusiam that I prepare for my second year as principal of Taylor Elementary School.  My name is David Laver and I have been working as an educator in and around Philadelphia for more than 20 years.  Most recently, I served as a special education teacher and Assistant Principal at Frankford High School, and prior to that as an elementary principal in the William Penn School District.   I have also had the good fortune of living and working in other countries, including serving as an elementary principal in Salvador, Brazil.  While I have worked at some great schools, Bayard Taylor has easily become my favorite!


In all of the positions that I have held in education, my goal has always been to ensure that each individual child is supported and guided in ways that help them reach their potential.   I have no doubt that each Taylor student can meet with great success.   My belief is that when students feel part of a warm and nurturing community, have talented teachers and staff working with them, and are held accountable for reaching and maintaining the highest standards, that they will do just that.   


I hope that you and your child are excited to be part of the Taylor community, and I invite you to become an active member.   It is only with a strong home and school partnership that we can help all of our children to meet with success.


I look forward to working with each of you this year and to seeing all of are students grow and acheive at high levels.




David Laver

Points of Pride

  • IMS School (Instructional Management School)
    • All classrooms equipped with Interactive Promethian Boards or SMART Boards, classroomo computers
  • EC Clubs
    • TCDME (Taylor Community Dance and Music Ensamble)
    • Scrabble
    • Homework
    • Tutoring
  • Staff nominees/recipients of prestgious honors
  • Stable dedicated staff
  • Children's Literacy Initiative
  • Model Bilingual Spanish classroom Grades k-3
  • Extra-Curricular Activities for students in all grades
  • 100 Book Challenge, RAZ Kids, Literacy and Math intervention programs
  • Girl Scouts
  • Active Home and School Association

Taylor School building

Bayard Taylor School



Important Dates

  • September 2-5 - Staff only
  • September 8 - First day of school for grades 1-5 
  • September 8-11 - Kindergarten and Prekindergarten parent/teacher conferences
  • September 14-15 - School holiday in observance of Rosh Hashana
  • September 17 - First day for Kindergarten and Prekindergarten
  • September 23 - School closed in observance of Yom Kippur
  • September 24-25 - School closed for Papal visit
  • October 13 - School holiday in observance of Columbus Day
  • October 28 - Half day - 12:09 dismissal
  • November 3 - No school for students/staff only
  • November 11 - School holiday in observance of Veterans' Day
  • November 25 - Half day dismissal
  • November 26-27 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 2-4- Report Card Conferences- Half day dismissal
  • December 18-  Half day dismissal
  • December 24 - Winter recess begins

For complete listing of district events, please visit the District Calendar.




Come meet your teacher!  

Enjoy water ice and soft pretzels and say hello to your next teacher.  Friday, Sept 4th, 2:00-3:00 on the playground.


See you then!