About Takoma Park Elementary School

General Information

Telephone: 240-740-0980 (answered daily 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.)

Address: 7511 Holly Ave, Takoma Park, MD 20912

The building is open to visitors Monday - Friday 8:30am - 4:30pm.

Administrative Staff

Principal: Dr. Zadia T. Gadsden (Zadia_T_Gadsden@mcpsmd.org)

Assistant Principal: Ms. Joi Hollis (Rashideh_J_Hollis@mcpsmd.org)

Administrative Assistant: Ms. Johanna ("Joy") A. Paz (Johanna_A_Paz@mcpsmd.org)

Attendance Secretary: Ms. Anne Hottel-Cox (Anne_M_Hottel-Cox@mcpsmd.org)

Bell Schedule

9:05am - Doors open

9:25am - Instruction begins (late bell)

3:50pm - Dismissal

(Early Dismissal: 1:20pm)

Please remember the deadline to request for any change in dismissal on a regular school day is 12:00pm and on an early dismissal day is 10:00am.

Code Purple Virtual Schedule 


How to Volunteer at TPES


MCPS curriculum implementation



Be positive, work hard and do your best.


Parents, staff and the community will teach students to believe in themselves by communicating high expectations while providing a safe and positive learning environment. Students will have opportunities for critical thinking, problem-solving and inquiry to learn more about the world around them through diverse learning experiences.

Dolphin Principles - our character goals

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Principal's Page

A letter from Dr. Gadsden and access to her newsletter updates.

School History

The current Takoma Park Elementary School (TPES) building was built in 1979 and was expanded in 2009. TPES began as a K-6 school. When Piney Branch Elementary School (PBES) opened with grades 5 and 6, students from TPES began attending and TPES was a K-4 school. Eventually PBES became a 3-5 school and TPES became a K-2 school, which is what remains today. 

MCPS Information About TPES