Our School Story
Walter Lee Elementary is a Kindergarten to Grade 7 school that was established in 1960. The school is located in south central Richmond. Our current student population is 265 students in 12 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. On site, we have a Montessori Preschool, a Daycare and an afterschool care, providing us with connections to the community as well as bringing a greater number of people into our building. We are very fortunate to have one of the District's Strong Start programs located at Walter Lee. 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.
Student Leadership is an important component of our social responsibility initiatives. We have a strong student leadership group made up of Grade 6 and 7 students who carry out responsibilities around the school, including classroom lunch monitors, morning announcers, office monitors, assembly leaders, and leaders of family teams (Prides). Through these experiences and opportunities, we hope to instill a desire in our students to continue to develop their potential in being future leaders as they move into High School and beyond. Another strength at Walter Lee is our staff. We have a dedicated, professional group of 40+ staff members that offer exceptional student-centered teaching and learning opportunities for all students. Their focus on the BC Curriculum's Core Competencies, along with their caring, compassionate ways and the positive interactions and relationships with students and parents cultivates and nurtures our students as lifelong learners. We believe in the importance of the collaborative partnership between the student, teacher and the parent as this is essential in helping students to succeed and reach their potential.
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"