Pre-K through 12th Grade
Call Gaylene Reed at
254-754-8000 or 254-855-2397


We will start school at the normal time.
Be careful on the roads!
We will make allowanecs for students who need to come late due to the weather.


Required Parent Orientation Sessions
(choose one per campus)
Elementary: 10:30am Sat July 31 or 6:00pm Mon Aug 9
Middle: 1:00pm Sat July 31 or 7:30pm Mon Aug 9
High: 2:30pm Sat July 31 or 7:00pm Tues Aug 10






Rapoport Academy Public School

Excellence Beyond the Norm!


2014 Accountability Rating


All campuses Met Standard
11 Distinction Designations earned

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Our Mission and Vision

Mission Statement: Rapoport Academy Public School fosters learning that exceeds national and state standards through rigorous academics, evidence-based practices, and real world experiences. We prepare students for college, career, and life by setting high expectations, modeling core values, and involving family and community.

Vision Statement: As a premier educational model, Rapoport Academy Public School will continue innovating best practices to ensure students develop confidence, character, knowledge, and skills to reach their full potential, discover their passions, embrace diversity, and become independent thinkers.

Our History

Under the leadership of Dr. Nancy Grayson, East Waco Innovative School Development, Inc. was awarded a charter by the Texas State Board of Education in March 1998. The academy opened as a public charter school in the fall of 1998 with 16 students in East Waco, an economically depressed area of the city. Dr. Grayson founded the school in response to failing TAAS scores in 1998 among low-income, minority students in East Waco (30% of 3rd graders passed the exam while only 10% of 5th graders passed). Enrollment increased quickly to 32 students (Pre-kindergarten through 1st grades), filling the rented space in the basement of a church building. Enrollment for the second year was 74, requiring a move to a one-story building housing the Pre-kindergarten through 2nd grade student body.

Our Core Values

Everything we do at Rapoport Academy is guided by six core values: Respect, Responsibility, Curiosity, Creativity, Integrity and Hard Work. Staff and students are committed to these values, and they encourage one another to strive for them. Discipline and correction are done in reference to the core values, so that students will understand how their negative behaviors fail to exemplify the values we hold. Click 'Read more' to see examples of how we put the core values to work.

About Rapoport Academy Public School
  • Grades Pre-K through 12
  • No tuition, no fees
  • Up to 60 college credit hours (earned beginning in 9th grade) at no cost to families for tuition, books or fees
  • Outstanding STAAR scores
  • Small class sizes
  • Early College High School and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) programs
  • Part of Educate Texas (Communities Foundation of Texas)
  • Sports: Basketball, Volleyball, Track, Cross Country
  • Robotics teams
  • Nutritional breakfast (free for all students) and lunch
  • Highly-qualified teachers and teaching assistants
  • 1-A UIL academic and athletic competition
  • College tours beginning in 5th grade
Annual Reports

2012-2013 Annual Report (PDF)

2011-2012 Annual Report (PDF)

2010-2011 Annual Report (PDF)


Q: Where is Rapoport Academy located?
A: Rapoport Academy's East Elementary campus is located at 2000 J.J. Flewellen Rd. in East Waco, off of Herring Ave., about two blocks north of MLK. The North Elementary is located at 2200 MacArthur in Waco. Rapoport Academy's Quinn Campus Middle School and Meyer High School are located at 1020 Elm Avenue in East Waco on Quinn Campus (the former site of Paul Quinn College).

Q: Is Rapoport Academy a public or private school?
A: Rapoport Academy is a charter school, which is a public school. There is no cost to attend.

Q: What is a charter school?
A: A charter school is a public school that is authorized by the State Board of Education and operates based on a charter (the school's operational plan, both fiscally and academically). Charter schools were created to meet the needs of students who have been underserved in traditional educational districts. Each charter school functions within the guidelines of its own charter - so no two are identical. Each charter is considered an LEA (Local Education Agency), which means they operate much like an independent school district. Most charters (including Rapoport Academy) are not affiliated with a local ISD in any way. Click here to read more about charter schools.

Q: What are the benefits of my child attending Rapoport Academy?
A: Smaller class size, an enriched educational environment, strong parental involvement, and a strong college-going culture. We are committed to preparing every student to succeed in college--students can earn up to 60 college hours while at Rapoport Academy. Students also enjoy a wide range of extracurricular activities.

Q: How is Rapoport Academy funded?
A: Rapoport Academy is funded by the State of Texas based on the average daily attendance of enrolled students (like other public schools). However, because of the funding formula used to determine our state revenue, we receive about two-thirds of the per-student funding that traditional ISDs receive, and we are allotted no funding for acquisition or maintenance of educational facilities. Over the years, numerous individuals and foundations have contributed to the development of the academy, including: Audre and Bernard Rapoport, Paul and Jane Meyer, Gary and Diane Heavin Community Fund, Cooper Foundation, Waco Foundation, Brown Foundation, and others.  However, Rapoport Academy is not consistently funded by any entity other than the state of Texas.

Q: What grades does Rapoport Academy serve?
A: Pre-K through 12th grade.
Elementary: Pre-K - 4th
Middle: 5th - 8th
High School: 9th - 12th

Q: So is the Rapoport Academy open to ANY student who wants to attend?
A: Yes, as long as the student resides in one of the 22 central Texas school districts we are authorized to serve. These districs are: Abbott, Axtell, Bosqueville, Bruceville-Eddy, China Spring, Clifton, Connally, Crawford, Gholson, Hubbard, LaVega, Lorena, Mart, McGregor, Midway, Moody, Riesel, Robinson, Valley Mills, Waco, West, and Whitney.

Q: How can I sign my child up to attend Rapoport Academy?
A: You can download an enrollment application from the 'Enrollment' section of our website. You can also request an application at any of our campuses or by calling 754-8000 or 855-2397. The application process is outlined on the application form. Once you have completed this simple process, your child will be entered into a lottery draw for open spots in the appropriate grade level. Click the 'Enrollment' tab at the top of the page for more information.

Q: Is there a cap on the number of students per class?
A: The maximum number of students in any elementary class is 17. We currently serve four classes per elementary (pre-K through 4) grade level. At the middle school level (5th-8th grade), students are generally grouped by class sections of no more than 17. At the high school, class sizes may range from 8 to as many as 20 students, depending on the course.

Q: Can I be involved in my child's education at Rapoport?
A: Absolutely. Parents of elementary students read to/with their child EVERY night and sign a reading log. Parents of all students are asked to give one hour per semester on campus to volunteer and/or participate in school acitivities with their child. There are also numerous opportunities throughout the year for parents to attend evening events at the school. Parents are a vital part of the "team" that helps each child move forward successfully.

Q: Why is the school named 'Rapoport' Academy?
A: Rapoport Academy is named to honor Audre and Bernard Rapoport, who have been strong supporters of public education and who share the philosophy that education is the "great equalizer" among people. Rapoport Academy and the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Foundation are independent entities, both working to improve the lives of children in Central Texas through an emphasis on quality education as a tribute to the support Audre and Bernard Rapoport have shown to the cause of public education. We at Rapoport Academy are especially thankful for the Rapoports' energetic participation in the life of the academy through their interaction with our students.