John Mills at a Glance


John Mills Elementary School provides a comprehensive public education to approximately 650 students in grades 1-6 in Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401.

Our school is located in Elmwood Park, Ill., a Near West suburb of Chicago. Along with Elmwood Elementary, we are one of the District’s two elementary schools.


Mission Statement


Our mission at John Mills Elementary School, in partnership with the home and community, is to promote self-esteem, academic success, social responsibility and lifelong learning by providing for all students and staff a caring and challenging educational environment. 


Address and Map


John Mills Elementary School, 2824 N. 76th Ave., 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 708-452-3560.

► Principal: Ms. Laura Magruder | Bio | 708-583-6277

► Assistant Principal: Ms. Jamie Ponce | Bio | 708-583-6284


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 708-452-3560. 

► Principal’s Secretary: Ms. Denise Wurtz | 708-583-6287

► Office Clerk: Ms. Leslie Laureano | 708-583-6275


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: 708-452-3560

► To Report an Absence: Call in before 9 a.m. the day of the absence at 708-583-6288 (voicemail) or 708-452-3560 during office hours (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

► Fax: 708-452-0349

► Email: millsinfo@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 John Mills


► All visitors to John Mills Elementary School during hours when students are present must sign in and out at the main office and obtain a visitor’s badge.

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


School Hours


Regular-Start Schedule


► Morning Entrance

► Class Starts

► Afternoon Dismissal


M, Tu, Th, F


8:35 a.m.

8:40 a.m.

3 p.m.


Late-Start Schedule


► Morning Entrance

► Class Starts

► Afternoon Dismissal


Wednesdays


9:12 a.m.

9:17 a.m.

3 p.m.


Fast Facts About John Mills


Much of the information below is based on John Mills' 2015-16 Illinois School Report Card. This section will be updated soon after the 2016-17 Illinois report cards become available.


► Grades: 1st through 6th


► Students: 647


► Teaching Faculty: 46


► Average Class Size: 22 students


► Teacher Retention: 91 percent


► School Fee: $200 for 2017-18


► School Colors: Maroon & Gold


► School Nickname: Trojans


► Student Demographics


  • White: 47 percent
  • Hispanic: 48 percent
  • Black: 1 percent
  • Asian: 3 percent
  • Two or More Races: 1 percent
  • American Indian: 0 percent
  • Pacific Islander: 0 percent
  • Low-Income Students: 51 percent
  • Students with Disabilities: 14 percent
  • English Language Learners: 27 percent
  • Homeless Students: 0 percent

► Student Attendance: 95 percent


► Students Meeting or Exceeding PARCC Expectations


  • John Mills: 26.2 percent (24 percent met, 2 percent exceeded)
  • District Average: 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


  • John Mills: 35 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


  • John Mills: 27 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


  • John Mills: 12 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.