an IB World School

Our History


Cache La Poudre Elementary (CLPE) is adjacent to Cache La Poudre Middle School (CLPMS) in Laporte. Our attendance area encompasses the mountain communities, the town and rural areas of Laporte, and the northern edges of Fort Collins, giving our school a diverse population. We remodeled in 1993 when 12,885 square feet of classroom space was added and again in 2006 when classrooms were converted to a flex room used for breakfast, lunch, and programs.

On May 18, 2013, we celebrated the 100th year anniversary (Celebrating a Century of Community) of CLP Schools located on these exact school grounds.  In 1913, four small rural school districts consolidated to form Cache la Poudre School District #60.  A new, modern building was built and served the community for many years.  While this original building has been replaced by the current CLP Elementary and Middle School buildings, the spirit of community remains strong.

Learning culture

Along with CLPMS, our elementary school is the hub of the Laporte community. Parents and community members are extremely proud and supportive of their two schools. Staff members create a child-centered learning environment that focuses on basic skills while challenging and enriching individual students. Our school is a friendly, inviting, and caring place.

Academic environment

CLPE is a community of learners where diversity is appreciated, where students are challenged in a caring environment, and where everyone has the opportunity to grow, succeed, and contribute to society. Teaching children reading, writing, and math skills are our primary focus.

Our character education program emphasizes our CREW characteristics, Cooperation, Respect, Empathy with Integrity.

Instructional & enrichment programs

In addition to basic academic subjects, instruction also includes Art, Music, Physical Education, Library, Technology,  Spanish, Special Education, Literacy, Gifted/Talented, and character education. Students may participate in choir, student council, peer mediation, Little Kids Rock.

CLPE offers all-day kindergarten classes and a tuition based before- and after-school child-care program called Alpha-Best.

Opportunities for parents

Parents are a vital part of their children’s educational experience. Many opportunities are available for parents to volunteer at our school and with the PTO, which conducts fundraisers and family activities.



PSD does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, veteran status, age or disability in access or admission to, or treatment or employment in, its programs or activities. A lack of English speaking skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation.