Welcome to C. C. Lee Elementary School where we incorporate John Wooden’s Pyramid of Success as a motivating tool for students. At C. C. Lee, we strive to be one of the best elementary schools in the country by doing three things well each and every day:
1. Safety and Orderliness
2. Responsible Citizens
3. Excellent Students.
The parents and students of C. C. Lee are our “customers” and we are committed to ensuring high customer satisfaction by maintaining open communication and a strong desire to help the children in our care become their personal bests. Students are provided with age appropriate learning experiences that are relevant, meaningful, and connected to the world around them. The community serves as a rich resource of support and parents are welcome and eager to volunteer and support our efforts.
We are a K-5 three section school. We provide a language rich program along with a balanced literacy program enhanced with daily writing experiences across the grades. The elementary years are intended to build a strong foundation for future academic success; as a result, much emphasis is placed on the basics: Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Common Core Standards drive our curriculum along with systematic assessment to provide feedback for teaching and learning.
C. C. Lee continues to be an accredited academic institution as required under the South Dakota Department of Education. Regular staff development days are built in to the calendar to ensure staff has time to improve the delivery of educational programs. Technology is integrated when appropriate and we have a wireless lab to provide portability and to maximize our space. C. C. Lee averages around 425 students per year, and our class sizes range from 20-26.
C. C. Lee Elementary School first opened during the 1973-1974 school year. It was designed as an open spaced school. The land was donated by Dr. and Mrs. James Anderson, a prominent orthodontist, who helped develop the Highland North Addition to Aberdeen. It was named in honor of Clifford Carl Lee, an Aberdeen industrialist as a tribute to his contributions to youth and education in Aberdeen. The school was updated during the summer of 2001, to improve the heating, ventilation, air-conditioning, sprinkler, and fire alarm systems. Major remodeling included the addition of walls, hallways, and lockers as we transitioned from an open spaced school. A new addition was added to provide a spacious music room, as well as, office space for administration and counseling staff. We are located on nine acres of land and have ample space for outdoor recess, physical education, and for other organized after school sports programs. Our most recent addition occurred in 2007 with a $1.2 million gymnasium, additional kindergarten room, and bathrooms. We have a caring staff and effective school program to meet the needs of our students and continue to look for ways to improve.
Eric D. Kline, Principal