Forest Dale Elementary is located on a 22-acre campus at 10721 Lakeshore Drive West in Carmel, Indiana.  Our school is part of the Carmel Clay School Corporation and feeds into Clay Middle School.  In addition, Forest Dale is a Title 1 school and houses one of the Early Childhood programs for the Carmel Clay School district.

Built in 1980 and remodeled in 2002, Forest Dale is a bright, colorful facility with classroom area pods encircling a large, well-equipped media center.  Every classroom is individually enclosed and houses state-of-the-art technology. The spacious playground provides students opportunities for creative play and social interaction.  A full-service kitchen including an updated dining area and large group instruction room are additions that have made Forest Dale an outstanding learning environment.

The school is staffed with 80 devoted educators who provide a warm, nurturing, and safe learning environment. The Forest Dale instructional family includes:

  • 2 building administrators
  • 31 classroom teachers
  • 5 special area teachers (art, music, physical education, media and technology)
  • 4 gifted/talented teachers
  • 3 full time special education teachers
  • 2 speech pathologists
  • 2 full-time student services coordinators
  • 22 teaching assistants
  • 4 custodians
  • 1 nurse
  • 2 secretaries
  • 7 cafeteria personnel 

Forest Dale serves approximately 660 students, kindergarten through fifth grade. We are very proud of our diverse student population, which represents more than 20 different countries and a large range of socioeconomic backgrounds.

Our school is blessed to have a very active and supportive Parent-Teacher Organization. At Forest Dale, the doors are always open to volunteer opportunities both inside the classroom and throughout the building.

For more information about our school or to schedule a tour, please contact us at 317-844-4948 or via email.

Staff Directory

Office Hours: 7:30 am to 3:30 pm
Teacher Hours: 7:40 am to 3:10 pm
Building Open for Students: 8:03 am
Tardy Bell: 8:10 am
Student Dismissal: 2:35 pm


Mission Statement

Forest Dale Elementary School provides a nurturing, safe environment that challenges and motivates each child to reach his/her full potential as a lifelong learner.  All members of the school community share the responsibility of and work cooperatively to assure the success of each student.