Award Year: 2018

Lake Windward Elementary School

11770 East Fox Court
Alpharetta, GA, 30005-7800

(770) 740-7050

Mrs. Julie Morris, Principal at time of Nomination

Fulton County

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To provide for the intellectual, social, emotional, creative, and physical growth of children. We promote the worth and dignity of all our children in a safe, nurturing environment while preparing each one to be a contributing citizen in a culturally diverse society.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 11%
  • White: 43%
  • Hispanic: 9%
  • Asian: 35%
  • Two or more races: 2%
LWE 5th graders participate in solar eclipse viewing activity.

LWE 5th graders participate in solar eclipse viewing activity.

Lake Windward Elementary is a delightful neighborhood school tucked away from the hustle and bustle of busy streets in a suburb of northern Atlanta, Georgia.
LWE prides itself on providing a warm, family-like culture where in 28 years there have only been four principals, and many teachers have spent their entire careers teaching here. Our students have historically performed above average while also being a "center school" for children with special needs. Over 15% of students enrolled at LWE are children with exceptionalities. In addition, it is a culturally diverse school serving students from over 30 countries across the world.

LWE places an emphasis on ensuring that students are taught how to think critically and are engaged in hands-on, student centered learning opportunities. Inquiry Based Learning is embedded throughout LWE's STEM and Humanities blocks. Grades 1-5 are departmentalized allowing most students to have one teacher who focuses on STEM (math and science) and one teacher who focuses on Humanities (reading, ELA and social studies). Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) are a structure for staff to address the needs of students. Staff development and best practice sessions are routinely delivered to keep staff current on educational trends and research based strategies.

Recently, LWE rolled out Positive Behavior Interventions & Supports. This program recognizes students for demonstrating respect, responsibility and safety. LWE also has a character education program and recognizes students for exhibiting positive character traits. As our mantra states, LWE is a great place to "Learn and Grow, Lead and Show!"