About Us

Tropical Elementary is dedicated to preparing its students to meet high standards and to become life-long independent learners. We strive to work collaboratively with our parents and community members as vital partners in the development of our students.


Tropical Elementary opened as a school in 1955 on the site of a dairy farm. We started with twelve wooden portables until 1956 when we moved into a permanent building. Over time new buildings were added and a Special Education for Exceptional children program was designed to become a “demonstration site” at Tropical.

The 1970’s brought about a demographic change in the community and new families moved into our neighborhood which included a large population of ESOL (English as a Second Language) students. Accommodations and programs were developed as needed to serve the needs of its new community. In the 1980’s our SPED program grew to include additional programs for special education students and added pre-school classes.

Tropical Elementary has grown and changed since its inception. Thirty-three percent of our student population are enrolled in programs such as visually impaired, physically impaired, profoundly mentally handicapped, and with learning disabilities. Our student population in the Gifted Program continues to grow as well and our students continue to meet high academic achievement on standardized assessments. We continue to receive Title I federal funds based on the percentage of students on free/reduced lunch.

We house ten pre-school units which include various PK programs; VPK, Half-day, Head Start and Special Education. We offer tutorial classes in addition to our Reading Interventions throughout the school day. We also offer an after school program that is operated by the YWCA.

The Tropical Elementary School Family prides itself in fostering a nurturing and loving environment where the students strive to reach their highest academic potential.