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About West Lafayette Elementary

Welcome to West Lafayette Elementary School, a family-oriented school with a tradition of academic excellence. With approximately 700 students and 75 faculty and support personnel, we are able to get to know your children as individuals. Our average class sizes vary from 18-24 students which allows us to foster strong interpersonal relationships in a safe school environment. A full-time nurse is available to assist students as needed. Before and after school childcare is available on-site via Safe Harbor.
The WLES learning community believes:

  • All children can learn.
  • All members are active participants in the learning process.
  • We learn in a variety of ways.
  • We learn from and with each other.

"We are committed to building a learning environment where all students succeed.  Together staff, students, and parents will foster open, honest communication, respect for diversity, support for reaching each person’s full potential, a willingness to take risks, and the development of democratic values."

Teaching and Learning

Highly trained and experienced teachers design lessons that are intellectually engaging, requiring students to think and reason. Students create products and performances that demonstrate their understanding of the content. The Indiana Academic Standards serve as the basis for the curriculum, methodology, and assessment used in the classroom. West Lafayette Elementary School's diverse student population provides an enriching educational environment. Students interact daily in a climate of acceptance and understanding. This diversity offers students opportunities to learn about their own strengths and challenges as well as those of their classmates.

Beyond the Basics

West Lafayette Elementary School provides a solid foundation for each student in their individual pursuit of academic excellence. We also regard the arts as an essential component of a well-rounded education. Certified professionals instruct students in art, music, physical education and media skills. Various enrichment and educational activities go beyond enhancing student knowledge to nurture the development of the whole child. A sense of community spirit and pride is developed through such events as the WLES Spring Carnival, Family Math Night, Family Art Night, and musical programs.

Our School Community

In the West Lafayette Community School Corporation children attend West Lafayette Elementary School for Kindergarten through 3rd grade. They advance to West Lafayette Intermediate School for 4th, 5th, and 6th grades and, finally, to the West Lafayette Jr./Sr. High School, one of the state's leading secondary schools in academic performance, for grades 7-12. Being in close proximity to Purdue University positively impacts the community in a variety of ways. Academic excellence is valued and supported both at home and at school. Our collaborative relationship with Purdue University and the fact that a large percentage of our students’ parents are affiliated with the university enables us to access a wealth of human and educational resources.


Students utilize technology to facilitate the learning process. Qualified computer technicians assist teachers and students with their technological needs. Internet accessible classroom computers, mobile laptop computers, Chromebooks, and iPads are only some of the tools used to support learning

Parent Council

A strong and active parent council is an essential component of West Lafayette Elementary. Parents can be found throughout the school participating in classroom activities and assisting teachers and students.

For More Information...

If you would like to know more about West Lafayette Elementary, please contact Mrs. Sara Delaney, Principal, at (765) 464-3212. Prospective patrons may visit any time. A personal tour can be arranged by appointment.