About Lake Elmo Elementary

Get To Know Lake Elmo

Our school is proud of its rich tradition of providing high quality instruction to all our students. Lake Elmo Elementary School (LEE) was named after the town of Lake Elmo and dates back to 1920. The school started with 80 students from first through eighth grade. After a few structural additions over the years, our current enrollment is approximately 700 students from Pre-K to fifth grade.

The diversity of the student body makes Lake Elmo a unique place to grow and learn. Our talented staff is highly trained to meet the differentiated needs of students. LEE offers a free, all-day, every day kindergarten program. A new STEAM program enhances the Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics areas with SMART boards used in a number of our classrooms and media center to enhance the learning.

Lake Elmo is home to a dedicated and supportive PTA with numerous volunteers who contribute their time and talents to assist in the education of our students. 

We invite you to visit our school, bring your questions, and explore our fabulous learning community. Thank you for your interest in Lake Elmo Elementary School. 

Stephen Gorde


Mission Statement 

The philosophy of Lake Elmo School is to provide an educational experience that will support a child through life. We will:

  • Provide a challenging and enriched curriculum to maximize each student's potential
  • Encourage a positive self-concept
  • Model a positive attitude toward the school environment
  • Continue to develop professionally and grow toward excellence

Lake Elmo Elementary is a member of PeaceMaker Minnesota.  PeaceMaker Minnesota supports our efforts to provide a caring learning environment and to teach students positive relational skills.  

School Hours: 8:40 am - 3:10 pm

Student Attendance

  • Call the 24 hour school attendance number at 651-351-6701 before 8:40 a.m on the day of the absence.
  • Give your child's full name, teacher's name, grade and reason for absence.

Early/Late Arrivals

  • If a student arrives after 8:40 a.m. an adult must check them into the office and an admission pass will be given to the student before that student may go to their classroom.
  • All students leaving school during the school day, must be signed out by the adult picking them up in the office. A note must be sent to the teacher indicating time to be excused.

See the Lake Elmo Parent Handbook for further details about Attendance Polices.

Bus Transportation

  • In order to ride a bus a student is not assigned to, a student must have a signed permission note. This note is given to the teacher who in turn has it stamped by the office staff and returned to the student, who will present it to the bus driver when boarding the bus.
  • If a student wants to get off the bus at a location different from their normal stop, they must have a signed note from their parent.

Lake Elmo Messenger

The Lake Elmo Messenger is a monthly newsletter published by Principal Stephen Gorde.

Lake Elmo School Community

Parents and kids, don't forget to be clipping and saving box tops from all you favorite General Mills products, and bring them to school. Lake Elmo School gets 10 cents for each Box Top we collect!

Special Education

At Lake Elmo Elementary School, special education students are taught in the 'least restrictive environment', which means that they remain in their general education classrooms with same-aged peers as much as possible.