Our School Story

Our Story

Walter Lee Elementary is a Kindergarten to Grade 7 school that was established in 1960.  The school is located in south central Richmond.  We host over 300 students in 13 divisions supported by 40+ staff members. At the present time, our Grade 7 students move into either McNair High School or McRoberts High School. Students have the option of attending either school as they travel with their 'cohort' to Grade 8.  We are proud of our diverse population of families in our community and students attending Walter Lee. Cultural diversity and inclusion are our strengths which helps bring awareness, understanding and acceptance and where we can all be proud of our uniqueness that we bring to school.


The population of the school is quite consistent with several families staying from Kindergarten right through Grade 7.  Several of the staff have been at Walter Lee for many years, enabling them to be familiar with the community and having a history with many of our families. Given the relatively high ELL population, we work closely with our district settlement workers to maintain good communication.  In addition to our K-7 student population our school welcomes a number of pre-school programs that further enhances connection to our school community. These programs includes a Strong Start site, a Ministry of Education pilot Just B4 - 4 and a Montessori daycare and afterschool program.  This program is for pre-school aged children and provides a wide range of learning opportunities that lay the foundation for life-long learning and prepare students to assume the responsibilities of adulthood. The Parent Advisory Council is dedicated to supporting student learning, staff development and community building.  PAWS – Lee’s social responsibility program developed in 2006-2007, continues to be a vibrant element of the school.

Mission Statement

As a community of learners at Walter Lee, students, parents and staff work as a team to create a stimulating and caring environment.  Together, we acknowledge and support diversity and inclusion so that everyone feels safe, empowered and successful in our pursuit of lifelong learning.

                                                                           "Learning Empowers Everyone"