District 401 at a Glance


Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401 is organized and operates as a unit district serving the educational needs of children in grades pre-K through 12 and others as required by the Illinois School Code. We provide a comprehensive public education to more than 2,800 students in five schools: 

► Early Childhood Center (preschool & kindergarten)

► Elmwood Elementary School (grades 1-6)

► John Mills Elementary School (grades 1-6)

► Elm Middle School (grades 7-8)

► Elmwood Park High School (grades 9-12)

All of District 401's students are residents of Elmwood Park, Ill., a Near West suburb of Chicago with a population of approximately 24,000. 

Our curriculum is fully aligned with the Illinois State Board of Education's Illinois Learning Standards and with the Common Core State Standards


Mission Statement


Elmwood Park CUSD 401, a unit district in a suburban community with a small town feel, strives to cultivate the following: 

► Individualized social-emotional learning processes

► Rigorous academics fostering inquisitive minds prepared for critical thinking

► Active, engaged partnerships with the community and parents

► Innovative uses of 21st century technologies for teaching and learning


Vision Statement


The vision of Elmwood Park CUSD 401 is to inspire minds in the pursuit of excellence.


Long-Range Plan and Goals


District 401 Long-Range Plan for 2016-20

School Board Goals for 2015-17


District Office Address and Map


Elmwood Park CUSD 401, 8201 W. Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707


Board of Education


District 401 is governed by a Board of Education consisting of seven elected members. The Board’s current members are:

► Mrs. Mary Bruscato (President) 

► Mrs. Andrea A. Sciullo (Vice President)

► Mrs. Susan Capraro (Secretary) 

► Mr. Frank J. Parisi

► Mrs. Lauren M. Platt 

► Mr. Jonathan M. Rivera 

► Mr. Peter A. Volpe 

To communicate with the entire Board, please use this email link. Individuals may also submit questions or communications for the Board's consideration to District 401 Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicolas Wade


District Administration


The District 401 administrative organizational chart is available here.

To email any of the individuals listed below, please click the name of the person you want to reach. In general, all District 401 email addresses for individual employees follow the same pattern: lastnamefirstinitial@epcusd401.org. The main office phone number is 708-452-7292.

► Superintendent of Schools: Dr. Nicolas Wade | Bio | 708-583-5831

► Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations / CSBO: Mr. James P. Jennings | 708-583-5840

► Director for Buildings & Grounds: Mr. Alejandro Zamora  | 708-583-5859

► Director for Curriculum & Instruction: Ms. Leah Gautier | 708-583-5835

► Director for Student Services: Ms. Kari Smith | 708-583-5836

► Director for Technology: Mr. Tom Kinane | 708-583-5707

► District Instructional Technology Coordinator: Ms. Jessica Iovinelli | 708-583-5710

► Reading Director: Ms. Anne Hufnus | 708-583-6283


District Office Staff


To email any of the individuals listed below, please click the name of the person you want to reach. In general, all District 401 email addresses for individual employees follow the same pattern: lastnamefirstinitial@epcusd401.org.The main office phone number is 708-452-7292. 

► Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools & Board Recording Secretary: Ms. Nancy Lasselle | 708-583-5831

► Business Manager / CSBO: Mr. Thomas Zelek | 708-583-5840

► Accountant: Ms. Melissa Rodde-Morgese | 708-583-5844

► Human Resources Generalist: Ms. Barbara Boydston | 708-583-5838

► Accounts Payable Specialist: Ms. Marsha Bogan | 708-583-5842

► Payroll Specialist: Ms. Tanya Campbell | 708-583-5843

► Network Administrator: Mr. Douglas Selix | 708-583-5703

► Technology Specialist: Mr. Anthony Ginczycki | 708-670-0815

► Web/Media Specialist: Mr. Dave Porreca | 708-583-5704


District Office Contact Information


If you want to reach the District Office by email, please use the general information email address listed below, or send your message to the appropriate individual listed elsewhere on this page. The District Office is located within the Elmwood Park High School building.

► Address: 8201 W. Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707 

► Phone: 708-452-7292

► Fax: 708-452-9504

► Email: d401info@epcusd401.org

► Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday (District Office is open year round)

► For School Closing Information: 708-452-7272-8


Visitors to District 401


► All visitors to the District Office and to District 401 schools during hours when students are present must sign in and out at the appropriate security desk and obtain a visitor’s badge.

► Visitors must observe the District's policy concerning visitor conduct on school grounds.


District 401 Schools


Our District provides a comprehensive public education to more than 2,800 students in five schools. Elmwood Park residency is required for enrollment.


Early Childhood Center



► Elmwood Elementary School



John Mills Elementary School



► Elm Middle School



Elmwood Park High School



Fast Facts About District 401


Much of the information below is based on District 401's 2015-16 Illinois School Report Card. This section will be updated when the 2016-17 Illinois report cards become available. The operating budget is for fiscal year 2017.


► Grades: Preschool through 12th


► Students: 2,878


► Employees, Full & Part Time (approximate): 320


► Teachers Only (full-time equivalence): 195


► Operating Budget: $35.3 million


► School District Financial Profile Score: 3.80 (out of 4.0)


► School District Financial Profile Designation: Financial Recognition (highest category of financial strength)


► Curriculum Standards: Illinois Learning Standards & Common Core State Standards


► Graduation Rate (four year)


  • District (EPHS): 85 percent
  • State Average: 86 percent

► Graduation Rate (six year)


  • District (EPHS): 94 percent
  • State Average: 88 percent 

► Pupil/Teacher Ratio


  • District: 18 to 1
  • State Average: 19 to 1

► Pupil/Certified Staff Ratio


  • District: 11 to 1
  • State Average: 11 to 1

► Pupil/Administrator Ratio


  • District: 164 to 1
  • State Average: 177 to 1

► Average Class Size


  • District: 20
  • State Average: 21

► Teacher Retention


  • District: 92.3 percent
  • State Average: 85.8 percent

► Teachers with Master's Degree or Higher


  • District: 72.9 percent
  • State Average: 61.4 percent

► Teacher Demographics by Gender


  • Female: 73.3 percent
  • Male: 26.7 percent

► Teacher Demographics by Ethnicity


  • White: 82.3 percent
  • Hispanic: 3.1 percent
  • Asian: 1 percent
  • Two or More Races: 0.5 percent
  • Black: 0 percent
  • American Indian: 0 percent
  • Pacific Islander: 0 percent
  • Not Reported: 13.1 percent

► Average Teacher Salary


  • District: $81,136
  • State Average: $63,450

► Average Administrator Salary


  • District: $122,662
  • State Average: $103,634

► Instructional Spending Per Student


  • District: $8,196
  • State Average: $7, 712

► Operational Spending Per Student


  • District: $13,167
  • State Average: $12,821

► High School Dropout Rate


  • District (EPHS): 1 percent
  • State Average: 2 percent

► High School Freshmen on Track to Graduate


  • District (EPHS): 85 percent
  • State Average: 82.4 percent

► College Readiness (high school students with ACT score of 21 or higher)


  • District (EPHS): 44 percent
  • State Average: 46 percent

► Postsecondary Enrollment (students in a two- or four-year college within 12-16 months of high school graduation)


  • District: 80 percent
  • State Average: 71 percent

► Postsecondary Remediation (students now in Illinois community colleges who require remedial courses)


  • District: 47 percent
  • State Average: 49 percent

► Student Demographics


  • White: 48.2 percent
  • Hispanic: 45 percent
  • Asian: 2.4 percent
  • Black: 2.2 percent
  • Two or More Races: 1.4 percent
  • American Indian: 0.6 percent
  • Pacific Islander: 0.1 percent
  • Low-Income Students: 50.8 percent
  • Students with Disabilities: 17.4 percent
  • English Language Learners: 13.8 percent
  • Homeless Students: 1 percent

► Student Attendance


  • District: 95 percent
  • State Average: 94 percent

► Students Meeting or Exceeding PARCC Expectations


  • District: 31 percent (28 percent met, 3 percent exceeded)
  • State Average: 34 percent (29 percent met, 5 percent exceeded)
  • Meeting or exceeding PARCC expectations means a student is on track for the next grade level

► Students Approaching PARCC Expectations


  • District: 31 percent
  • State Average: 28 percent
  • Approaching PARCC expectations means a student may need additional support to meet expectations at the next grade level

► Students Partially Meeting PARCC Expectations


  • District: 25 percent
  • State Average: 23 percent
  • Partially meeting PARCC expectations means a student may need additional support to meet expectations at the next grade level

► Students Not Meeting PARCC Expectations


  • District: 13 percent
  • State Average: 16 percent
  • Not meeting PARCC expectations means a student may need additional support to meet expectations at the next grade level

► Information About PARCC


  • PARCC stands for "Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers." 
  • PARCC exams are the assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in public school districts.
  • PARCC assesses the Common Core-based Illinois Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics. 
  • All Illinois public school students in grades 3-8 take the PARCC assessment each year.
  • High school students take the PARCC in specific math or English language arts courses.
  • For additional information about understanding Illinois PARCC scores, please visit this site.