About District 401


Opportunity logoWelcome to Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401, where our vision is to inspire minds in the pursuit of excellence.

The District serves the village residents of Elmwood Park, Ill., a Near West suburb of Chicago with a population of about 25,000. Our four schools provide a comprehensive, standards-based public education to more than 2,800 students in pre-kindergarten (PK) through 12th grade. 

Featuring award-winning facilities and low pupil/teacher ratios, District 401 strives to cultivate the following conditions as a foundation for student growth:

► 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

All four of our schools received a summative designation of Commendable School as part of the most recent edition of the Illinois State Report Cards, issued in the fall of 2019: 

 John Mills Elementary | PK-5 | Commendable School Designation
 Elmwood Elementary | K-5 | Commendable School Designation
 Elm Middle | 6-8 | Commendable School Designation
 Elmwood Park High | 9-12 | Commendable School Designation

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


An Invitation to Opportunity


The District is here to provide the necessary resources and supports for academic success and social learning. Together, these resources and supports make District 401 a place where the phrase "An Invitation to Opportunity" encapsulates everything we do for our students.

In that spirit we invite you to learn more about District 401 — and about the many opportunities for learning and personal growth that we provide our students — by visiting the links in the sections below. Click the plus signs or titles to see the contents of each section. Enjoy your visit!