Our District


The five schools that make up Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401 serve the residents of Elmwood Park, Ill., a Near West suburb of Chicago with a population of approximately 24,000.

Governed by a seven-member elected Board of Education, District 401 provides a comprehensive public education to more than 2,800 students in grades pre-K through 12.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicolas Wade is in charge of administration and daily operations.

Featuring award-winning facilities, a pupil/teacher ratio of 18:1 and a financial profile score placing it in the state's highest category of financial strength, District 401 is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for all students.


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Our Mission & Vision


As a unit district in a suburban community with a small-town feel, District 401 strives as its mission 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

Our efforts to achieve this mission are guided by the District's vision statement: to inspire minds in the pursuit of excellence.


Our Schools


District 401 students attend the following 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)

With 195 teachers, our schools have a pupil/teacher ratio of 18 to 1 (the state average is 19:1). District 401's pupil/certified staff ratio is 11 to 1 (equal to the state average), and our pupil/administrator ratio is 164 to 1 (the state average is 177:1). Our average class size is 20 (the state average is 21).

Additional statistical information about our schools, students and teachers is available in the State Report Cards section of the District 401 website and on the State Report Card page of each of our school websites. See also District 401 at a Glance on this website.


Our Academics


District 401's curriculum is fully aligned with the Illinois State Board of Education's Illinois Learning Standards and with the Common Core State Standards

We provide instruction in the core academic subjects of English, mathematics, science and social studies — including opportunities at the high school level to take honors and AP courses.

Our students also receive instruction in physical education and health, and they may pursue electives in middle school and high school that include courses in art, foreign language and music. In addition, high school students have an array of business courses to choose from.

Also at the high school level, students may take dual-credit classes from Triton College in almost 20 different subject areas, including automotive technology, criminal justice, engineering technology, fashion merchandising and nursing.

Our high school has a four-year graduation rate of 85 percent (the state average is 86 percent) and a six-year graduation rate of 94 percent (the state average is 88 percent).

Additional statistical information about the academic performance of our students is available in the State Report Cards section of the District 401 website and on the State Report Card page of each of our school websites. See also District 401 at a Glance on this website.


Our Support Services


The District's support programs include instruction for English Language Learners, assistance for students with reading difficulties, services for special education students and accommodations for Section 504 students. 

Our libraries offer digital and hard-copy resources for doing class projects, developing research skills and cultivating the lifelong habit of reading for knowledge and pleasure.

Elmwood Park High School's counseling office provides students with individualized guidance on college and career options.

To ensure the well-being of our students, each school has a nurse and at least one social worker. All schools follow a strict security protocol for allowing visitors into their buildings. 

The nutritional needs of our students are met by Aramark, which provides comprehensive food services to the District. These services include free or reduced breakfast and lunch for qualifying students.

Bus transportation is provided to students who qualify under the guidelines stipulated by the Board of Education in the District Policy Manual.


Our Athletics Program


Beginning with intramural sports clubs at the elementary school level, our students have many opportunities to participate in athletics, where they learn valuable lessons about teamwork, perseverance and discipline. 

Elm Middle School competes in the Leyden-Norwood Athletic Conference. The Cougars field boys and girls teams in basketball, cross country, soccer, softball and volleyball. The athletics program also features a cheerleading team and pom-pon squad

EPHS belongs to the Illinois High School Association, and the Tigers compete in the Metro Suburban Conference.

The high school program features boys and girls teams in basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, and track and field; boys teams in baseball, football, golf and wrestling; girls teams in softball, volleyball and pom-pons; and coed participation in cheerleading and athletic training.


Our Clubs and Student Activities


Outside of sports, our students have numerous opportunities to develop their extracurricular interests, including the chance to participate in our schools' vibrant music and visual arts programs.

At the high school level, students may also participate in the theater program, which features a fall play, a spring musical and a student-produced winter sketch-comedy show.

Our schools also feature many student organizations and activities, including art clubs, STEM clubs, student media, student councils, robotics (an award-winning program at the middle school), Scholastic Bowl (middle school), DECA (a high school business club that consistently wins major awards on the state and national levels), Virtual Enterprise International (another award-winning high school business club) and honor societies at the middle school and high school levels. 


For More Information


We invite you to learn more about our District and schools by contacting us with your questions, consulting our District Policy Manual, downloading our student handbooks or visiting the pages listed below.


► District 401 at a Glance


► Mission & Vision


► Long-Range Plan & Goals


► Equal Educational Opportunities


► District Technology Initiative


► District Office


► Meet Our Superintendent


► Chain of Command


► D401 Administration Organizational Chart


► School Hours


► Closings & Emergencies


► Breakfast & Lunch Menus


Before/After School Extended Care (BASEC) 


► 2017-18 School-Year Calendar (PDF)


► 2017-18 School Holidays


► 2017-18 Holidays for 12-Month Staff


► School Boundaries


► Bus Transportation


► EPHS Transcript Requests


► Visiting Our Schools


► Community Use of School Facilities