Carmel Clay School Vision Statement

Experience Excellence...Explore Opportunities...Realize Potential!

West Clay Elementary is the eleventh elementary school in the Carmel Clay School system. This school opened in August 2006.  Carmel’s newest Elementary School No. 11 shares a 166 acre site with Creekside Middle School and College Wood Elementary School. A nature lab is also part of this campus and is utilized for planned learning activities. 

West Clay Elementary is organized into learning teams of four-six classroom groups. The classrooms surround extended learning centers to support multi-classroom activities. These classroom groups are arranged in a continuous ring around the building de-emphasizing grade separations. Additionally, a courtyard provides an area which supports learning activities of the various grade levels.

The curriculum and time allotments meet local corporation standards and exceed state requirements.  Incorporated into the types of experiences offered to the students are:  comprehensive literacy approach, Everyday Mathematics, cooperative learning, literacy stations, collaborative planning/teaching, manipulative use, peer tutoring programs, differentiated instruction, High Ability, inclusion and Functional Academic Program for special needs, and parent/teacher/child conferences.

West Clay's  Belief Statement

At West Clay we believe our community . . . . 

  • Empowers all to become active, independent learners and educational risk takers.

  • Collaborates to ensure success.

  • Fosters respect, embraces culture and values diversity.

  • Builds on a foundation of open on-going communication.

Diversity Mission Statement

The Carmel Clay Schools community is dedicated to fostering an environment that promotes education and well being regardless of ability, age, appearance, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socio-economic status. All educational programs activities, and interactions are enriched by celebrating uniqueness as well as commonalities. Respect for human diversity will be encouraged, followed, and enforced by the Carmel Clay Schools.



At West Clay Elementary, we envision our students becoming respectful citizens and empowering them to be life-long learners through experiences within a global education.  Students are engaged in a safe, positive environment where they are striving for their highest level of excellence in academis, citizenship, and wellness.  The West Clay community is built upon effective communication skills that foster strong relationships between students, parents, and teachers.


Jennifer Szuhaj, Principal

Jennifer Szuhaj, Principal-Jennifer_Szuhaj

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