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Tapteal Elementary - Pre-K to Grade 5
It takes a team, working together, to raise a child...Principal, Rhonda Pratt


Tapteal is a 550-student center of community life that defies any notion that some kids can’t become good readers. In 2010, the state acknowledged the success of its hardworking principal, Rhonda Pratt, and her staff with a Title I Distinguished School for Reading award. It’s not an easy award to get. Schools must meet Adequate Yearly Progress for two or more years in a row and be able to prove that what they’re doing is closing the achievement gap. The same year, the state also handed Tapteal a Title I Academic Achievement Award for reading strategies that get results.

The secret of Tapteal’s bold success lies somewhere within the remarkable balance teachers create between nurture, innovation and research-based best practices.

Nearly 40% of Tapteal students are eligible for the federal Free and Reduced Price Meals program, and their diversity of cultural background and learning style expands steadily each year. But there are no barriers for this school team. Each child is drawn to the center of a multi-faceted set of interventions tuned to the needs of that child alone.

The Demographics

  • 525 students
  • 4% ELL
  • 35% F/R meals
  • 12% special education

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