PORT ALLEN - Port Allen Middle School received the System for Teacher and Student Advancement’s Ambassador Award, which included a prize of $5,000.

The award honors a Teacher Advancement School that has gone beyond its campus to represent the principles of the TAP system and assist others across the state and nation.

The program says on its website it works to “improve teacher effectiveness and student achievement in high-need urban, rural and suburban schools across the country.”

Port Allen Middle School Principal John Arrasmith accepted the award at the 14th National TAP Conference in Los Angeles on March 8.

Port Allen Middle School was among four Ambassador Award recipients this year.

The school was recognized by the TAP organization for tailoring weekly professional development, establishing leadership roles to mentor others through TAP mentor and master teacher positions and instituting a competitive compensation system to reward educators for increased skill and student performance.