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 excitement that I prepare to become the next 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.


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 have heard wonderful things about the students, staff and families at Taylor Elementary and can't wait to get started!


I hope that you and your family are enjoying fun and relaxing times together this summer.  I will be at Taylor getting ready for the upcoming school year during the weeks of August 18th and 25th, and encourage you to stop in to say hello and to talk about the upcoming school year.


Have a great rest of the summer and I look forward to meeting you soon.




David Laver

Points of Pride

  • IMS School (Instructional Management School)
    • 2 classrooms, science lab and IMC equipped with Interactive Promethian Boards
  • EC Clubs
    • TCDME (Taylor Community Dance and Music Ensamble)
    • Scrabble
    • Homework
    • Tutoring
  • Staff nominees/recipients of prestgious honors
  • Stable dedicated staff
  • Reading First/Children's Literacy Initiative
  • Model Bilingual Spanish Kindergarten
  • Extra-Curricular Activities for students in all grades
  • Student Enrichment Programs
    • Power Hour
    • First in Math
    • Earobics
  • 100 Book Challenge, Read to Me, Literacy and Math intervention programs
  • TCDME- Taylor Community Dance and Music Ensamble (21years)
  • Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts
  • K-5 Bilingual Spanish Program
  • Home and School Association
  • Congresso de Latinos Unidos after-school program

Taylor School building

Bayard Taylor School



Important Dates

  • September 2-5 - Staff only
  • September 8 - First day of school for grades 1-12 
  • September 8-12 - Kindergarten and Prekindergarten parent/teacher conferences
  • September 15 - First day for Kindergarten and Prekindergarten
  • September 17- Half Day dismissal
  • September 25-26 - School holiday in observance of Rosh Hashana
  • October 8- Half day dismissal
  • October 13 - School holiday in observance of Columbus Day
  • October 22 - Half day dismissal
  • November 3-4 - No school for students/staff only
  • November 11 - School holiday in observance of Veterans' Day
  • November 19 - Half day dismissal
  • November 27-28 - Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 3-5- Report Card Conferences- Half day dismissal
  • December 10-  Half day dismissal

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




Taylor Students Participate in World Math Day

The World Math Day challenge involves students from all over the world playing against each other in real-time battles of mental arithmetic using the Live Mathletics and VmathLive PLAY game engine.

On March 5th, more than three-quarters of a million students participated in World Math Day and set a new world record for the most math questions answered in a day. By participating in the competition to answer the most math questions correctly, students from more than 100 countries answered a total of 182,455,169 questions, quickly eclipsing this year's 50 million question goal and shattering last year's record of 38,904,275.

View our students in action