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About This School

Taper Avenue Elementary School is a public elementary school in Los Angeles. The principal of Taper Avenue Elementary School is Doreen Steinbach. 651 children attend Taper Avenue Elementary School and identify mostly as Black, non-Hispanic; Hispanic; and White, non-Hispanic. 3% of the Taper Avenue Elementary School students are "limited in English proficiency." 43% of the 651 students here are paying reduced lunch prices. The ratio of students to teachers at Taper Avenue Elementary School is 19:1. Park Western Place Elementary School is one of the nearest elementary schools.

Extracurricular Activities

  • Arts

    • Ceramics sculpture
    • Chorus
    • Computer arts
    • Dance
    • Drawing painting
    • Theater drama
  • Languages Taught

    • Italian
    • Spanish
  • Sports

    • Baseball
    • Basketball
    • Football
    • P.E. classes
    • Soccer
    • Softball
    • Track

Student Ethnicities

Ethnicity School District
Black, non-Hispanic 7% 11%
Hispanic 47% 73%
White, non-Hispanic 32% 9%
Filipino 3% 2%
Native American or Native Alaskan 2% 0.3%
Unspecified 2% 0.7%
Asian 11% 4%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 1% 646343%
Pacific Islander 0.9% 0.3%
Multiracial 0% %

Student Subgroups

Subgroup School District
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 43% 75%
Limited English proficiency 3% 32%

Community Rating & Reviews

  • (6 months ago)

    I am very upset at the management that is currently going on in the Taper cafeteria. My 2nd grader informed me today that the entire student body was served a cold cheese sandwich. I find this hugely unacceptable. My daughter attends Park Western and has never had any issues with her lunches. Cold cheese sandwich is reserved for kids who forget their lunch money or who have no money in their lunch accounts. It is NOT the equivalent of a hot lunch. Last year the children were served cold cheese sandwiches for 3 days. The person in charge of ordering lunches was away so they simply were not ordered. In K my son was given a very close haircut by a fellow student. The male teacher told me he thought it was a "bad haircut" and had not noticed the drastic changes on my child's head. In 1st my son fell off the big toy and was NOT sent to the nurse. Teacher "He didn't fall from very high up." Well my son broke his arm. She didn't even tell me he even fell. Principal's lack of attention to the cafeteria s daily operations is a major issue but not a surprise. For many children school is the only place they are guaranteed a hot meal. SAD.

  • (1 year ago)

    Every single aspect of Taper is been wonderful as a mother I look always for great teachers and safe environment for my child and we are so happy to be part of TAPER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL.

  • (1 year ago)

    Taper Avenue Elementary is the school I wish I had been able to go to when I was younger. My son has been lucky enough to go their since the 1st grade. He is currently in the 3rd grade and every year has been made special by activities that are targeted for each grade level. The teachers are all exceptional!!! and the staff is always friendly and helpful. Because of how hard these teachers work we are also an API 900 school.

  • (1 year ago)

    I am so proud to say that my kids are students at Taper Avenue Elementary it's a fabulous school! First of all the Principal Mrs. Steinbach is an amazing leader. She leads by example and is very encouraging and thoughtful when interacting with the students at Taper. The teachers are friendly helpful and eager to see their students succeed. I personally have had the pleasure of experiencing Mrs. DiStefano Ms. Okano Mrs. Graff Mrs. Ellis Mrs. Philipopoulis & Mrs. Forsyth as teachers for my children attending Taper ~ and every one of them have been a pleasure to work with in ensuring my boys success in their studies! I look forward to the years to come at Taper and will be so sad when my boys graduate & we have to leave such a positive nurturing welcoming fulfilling environment. I can recommend Taper wholeheartedly to anyone looking for a phenomenal school in the South Bay Area!

  • (1 year ago)

    I am forever happy with the choice I made to send my son to Taper Avenue Elementary. The school is clean well laid out organized with easy parking and easy drop off. A big "THANKS" to the PTO volunteers who direct traffic every morning assisting the children out cars and safely into the school. The teachers and staff all have years of experience and the spirit of the school is cooperative and friendly. Parents are involved encouraged and welcome to participate in various activities fund raising; art to grow on; reading with kids; helping the teacher in the class; going on field trips; etc. There is art music and dance as well as PE library and computer lab. I can't say enough good things about the Principal Mrs. Steinbach. Her amazing quiet strength is the glue that holds it all together. Available personable wonderful with kids. She is a problem solver who is able to multitask and adapt to each situation as it arises. She is delightful and the school reflects her thoughtful and intelligent guidance.

  • (1 year ago)

    Love love love this school. The staff is wonderful. The teachers are wonderful and the parents are wonderful. I work in another very affluent school district but keep choosing to keep my kids at Taper for the wonderful education they are getting. Principal Steinbach is very warm and welcoming and the kids love her. I would highly recommend this school. The kids every year have really neat projects they get to work on and have fun competitive educational challenges like the "Reading Counts" programs along with their Spelling Bees and Geography Bees. They offer great programs like the "Art to Grown On" program and an amazing Choir program. I just can't say enough about the school and all those involved. I am so lucky to have 2 boys there now and one that graduated with a 4.0. You can't ask for a better school!

  • (1 year ago)

    The teachers at Taper educate the child as a whole person not just a pupil or "test score". They are constantly instilling values leadership equality and respect for one another. This combined with a 922 API proves the results from their dedication. My daughter has Mrs. Graff and she is amazing at what she does. I have heard great things about all of the kinder teachers as well. The principal is approachable and goes above and beyond to ensure safety on campus. I did my research and am so happy to have my children at Taper Avenue. It is a privilege to be surrounded by caring families and teachers who truly care. If you are choosing a school in San Pedro schools based on the highest test scores alone it would help to know that PARKING is never an issue at Taper Avenue as it is at the other top performing schools. There is a student drop off that is organized by the amazing PTO. When you are a busy mom or dad this is priceless!! They work very hard to make our days a little easier and I am grateful. There is not any morning madness thanks to the PTO.

  • (3 years ago)

    It is a great school. My grandson goes there.

  • (3 years ago)

    I love this school because my nephew loves it!

  • (4 years ago)

    I DONT KNOW WHERE TO BEGIN!! Taper was reccomended by someone I knew. I disregarded their lower API scores in comparison Park Western. In addition to that they were the only school in the area that had a Kindergarten Magnet class. So i decided to enroll my daughter. It was the worst experience I could have ever imagined. Considering I am a bi-racial person(African American and Caucasian I never look for racism however it resonated throughout the entire school campus. Taper's teachers and staff never looked me in the eyes or acknowledged me as a parent at their school. I immediately realized that my child's teacher had an issue with African Americam children. she never acknowledged my child with rewards of recognition or praise but told me she was doing great. The prinnciple and magnet cordinator was a joke and wouldnt give me a copy of the Gate Plan. So SAD!!

  • (4 years ago)

    Less than one star. Moved from Northern Cali and were disgusted with the low quality education and elementary school experience this school provides our second child while the first one got top notch education in a public school up north. The parents here have obviously very low expectations of what a school should be and what a child should take away as part of their education. Wake up - the school has the worst most condescending teachers who are not qualified the first grade teacher couldn't answer the simplest North America geography question and half of them can't spell.

  • (4 years ago)

    We have moved recently from Seattle to San Pedro and we were wery concerned about finding the right school for our 8 yr old daughter. After enrolling her into Taper Elementary we did not really know what to expect being new to the area and the neighborhood. It has been now 4-5 months since she started second grade here at Taper and she has already been a student of the month continues to be a good student and continues to progress and show discipline. That only comes as a result of great Teaching and that is what Taper is all about. We are very grateful to everyone at Taper Elementary and our daughter loves it and is making friends now. Thank you Taper Elementary

  • (4 years ago)

    Taper is a wonderful school. The SAS program was very challenging and benefitial in preparing my daughter for the challenges of Magnet Middle School life. When she began middle school it seemed like a continuation of the 5th grade back at Taper. At Taper my daughter learned how to be organized manage her time on homework and projects and most of all she developed the confidence to manage 6 classes and it's curriculum. Taper really did a great job of offering a variety of opportunities for the parents to stay involved in our children's education. Taper welcomes its parent volunteers and embrasses them. Now that my son is preparing to start kindergarten there is no doubt in my mind that Taper is the place for us.

  • (4 years ago)

    Great kids teachers faculty staff members and volunteers too. Concerned about traffic & public safety issues; people often speed and triple park near campus; construction & cell phone antenna towers refinery soot and particulate materials contaminate our campus environment too.

  • (4 years ago)

    for me Taper has been one of the best school for my kids and the teachers they've had so far love them.So my rating is based on my experience.

  • (5 years ago)

    this school is the best place to send your kid in san pedro..

  • (5 years ago)

    My 5th grader is getting ready to promote to middle school and we are sad to leave Taper Ave. It has been such a positive experience at Taper Avenue. Both of my children have attended this school and had outstanding teachers in the Taper Advanced Studies Program. This is not the magnet program. Every year there has been an emphasis on meeting and exceeding the state standards but they were also exposed to art dance theater technology and enrichment that shows how above and beyond the teachers go at Taper Ave Elementary. If you are looking for an experience to help your child grow academically and socially into a well-rounded self-motivated learner you should visit this school and consider its SAS-Advanced Studies program. As a parent there are many ways to stay involved the teachers are welcoming and the safety discipline rigor and leadership are outstanding.

  • (6 years ago)

    My daughter is in magnet program. She had a great year in Kindergarten and truly looking forward to first grade. The principal of the school is great she is very approachable. We loved the kindergarten teacher and the first grade teacher.

  • (6 years ago)

    my grandchilderen went to taper loved the school teachers pta. all thesupport you get from teachers.i was always there helping pta with candy drive book fair helping with progets in the classes. we moved to victorville in 2004 what a differents in schools. nothing like taper.we really missed taper. my daughter wanted to move back. last year they open a new school and now it better. more for the kids am very happy now getting involved.

  • (6 years ago)

    School pride many volunteers great teachers clean and well maintained grounds family activites adequite updates on children Office worker are polite and helpful Principle has love for the school teacher and puts the kids first! Impressive and highly recommended!

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