Elm at a Glance


Elm Middle School provides a comprehensive public education to approximately 450 students in grades 7-8 in Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401.

Our school is located in Elmwood Park, Ill., a Near West suburb of Chicago. We are District 401's only middle school.


Elm’s Mission Statement


The faculty, staff, students and community of Elm Middle School are devoted to academic excellence. In addition, we feel it is important for students to develop a sense of self-esteem and confidence in order to ensure success in high school and to enable them to make the correct decisions that will guide them later in life. We believe in individual differences, responsible behavior and an obligation of students to serve their community.


Address and Map


Elm Middle School, 7607 W. Cortland St., Elmwood Park, IL 60707


Administration


To contact any of the listed individuals by email, please click the name of the person you want to reach. The main office phone number is 708-452-3550. 

► Principal: Dr. Kathleen Porreca (bio) | 708-583-6228

► Assistant Principal: Ms. Rebecca Siegel | 708-583-6227


Office Staff


To contact any of the listed individuals by email, please click the name of the person you want to reach. The main office phone number is 708-452-3550.  

► Principal’s Secretary: Ms. Danielle Yager | 708-583-6225

► Office Clerk: Ms. Lodean Fisher | 708-583-6226


Main Office Contact Information


If you want to reach us by email, please use the general information email address listed below, or send your message to the appropriate individual listed elsewhere on this page.

► Phone: 708-452-3550

► To Report an Absence: Call in before 8:30 a.m. the day of the absence at 708-452-3550

► Fax: 708-452-0662

► Email: elminfo@epcusd401.org

► Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday (closed during summer break)

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


Visitors to Elm


► All visitors to Elm Middle School during hours when students are present must sign in and out at the visitor check-in area and obtain a visitor’s badge.

► School-age visitors are not permitted during school hours.


School Hours


Schedule


► Morning Entrance

► Warning Bell

► First Class Starts

► Afternoon Dismissal

► Bus Departure

► Late Bus Departure


Regular Start (M, Tu, Th, F)


7:45 a.m.

7:52 a.m.

7:55 a.m.

3:05 p.m.

3:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m.


Schedule


► Morning Entrance

► Warning Bell

► First Class Starts

► Afternoon Dismissal

► Bus Departure

► Late Bus Departure


Late Start (Wednesdays)


8:55 a.m.

9:02 a.m.

9:05 a.m.

3:05 p.m.

3:15 p.m.

4:15 p.m.


Fast Facts About Elm


SOURCE: Demographic, socioeconomic and academic information listed below comes from Elm’s 2015-16 Illinois School Report Card.


► Grades: 7th and 8th


► Students: 454


► Teaching Faculty: 33


► Average Class Size: 22 students


► Teacher Retention: 98 percent


► School Fee: $200 for 2016-17


► School Colors: Red and Black


► School Nickname: Cougars


► Sports Teams (Boys): Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball


► Sports Teams (Girls): Basketball, Cross Country, Soccer, Softball, Volleyball


► Cheer Teams: Cheerleading, Pom-Pons


► Athletic Conference: Leyden-Norwood Athletic Conference


► Student Demographics:

  • White: 47 percent
  • Hispanic: 45 percent
  • Black: 4 percent
  • Asian: 2 percent
  • Two or More Races: 2 percent
  • American Indian: 0 percent
  • Pacific Islander: 0 percent
  • Low-Income Students: 58 percent
  • Students with Disabilities: 15 percent
  • English Language Learners: 5 percent
  • Homeless Students: 1 percent

► Student Attendance: 95 percent


► Students Meeting or Exceeding PARCC Expectations: 33.9 percent (30% met, 4% exceeded)

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

► Students Approaching PARCC Expectations: 30 percent

  • District Average: 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: 25 percent

  • District Average: 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: 11 percent

  • District Average: 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.