At a Glance | District 401


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.


What We Do


Opportunity logoDistrict 401 provides a comprehensive public education to almost 2,800 students in five schools: 

► Early Childhood Center (pre-K & K)
► 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)

The District'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.

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.


Where We're Located


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


The Rest of Our Story


To read more about District 401, click the sections located immediately below.
 

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

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

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. Susan Capraro (Secretary) 
► Mr. Frank J. Parisi (Vice President)
► Mrs. Lauren M. Platt 
► Mr. Jonathan M. Rivera 
► Mr. Michael V. Scheidt
► 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

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.

Title

Name

Phone Number

Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Nicolas Wade

708-583-5831

Assistant Superintendent for Finance & Operations / CSBO

Mr. James Jennings

708-583-5840

Director for Buildings & Grounds

Mr. Joseph Sierra

708-583-5859

Director for Curriculum & Instruction

Dr. Leah Gautier

708-583-5835

Director for Instructional Technology 

Ms. Jessica Iovinelli

708-583-5710

Director for Student Services

Dr. Kari Smith

708-583-5836

Director for Technology

Mr. Tom Kinane

708-583-5707

Special Education Coordinator

Ms. Sara Barrick

708-583-5851

Special Education Coordinator Ms. Pamela Stutzman 708-583-5852

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.

Title

Name

Phone Number

Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
of Schools & Board Recording Secretary

Ms. Nancy Lasselle

708-583-5831

Head Accountant

Ms. Melissa Rodde-Morgese

708-583-5844

Accounts Payable Specialist

Ms. Marsha Bogan

708-583-5842

Human Resources Generalist

Ms. Barbara Boydston

708-583-5838

Payroll Specialist

Ms. Tanya Campbell

708-583-5843

Instructional Coach Ms. Morgan Freeck 708-583-5821

Instructional Coach

Ms. Jamie Kanas

708-583-5822

Network Administrator

Mr. Quirino Carlin

708-583-6280

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

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 inside the Elmwood Park High School building, 8201 W. Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707.

Phone

Fax

General Email

Office Hours

708-452-7292

708-452-9504

d401info@epcusd401.org

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

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



 

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.

The information below is based primarily on District 401's most recent Illinois School Report Card (2016-17).


► Grades: Preschool through 12th


► Students: 2,783


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


► Teachers Only (full-time equivalence): 190


► Expenditure Amounts: $46 million


► Instructional Spending Per Student


  • District: $8,396
  • State Average: $7,853

► Operational Spending Per Student


  • District: $14,613
  • State Average: $12,973

► Average Teacher Salary


  • District: $80,406
  • State Average: $64,516

► Average Administrator Salary


  • District: $116,513
  • State Average: $106,273

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


► Graduation Rate (four year)


  • District (EPHS): 91 percent
  • State Average: 87 percent

► Graduation Rate (six year)


  • District (EPHS): 94 percent
  • State Average: 89 percent 

► Pupil/Teacher Ratio


  • District: 17 to 1
  • State Average: 19 to 1

► Pupil/Certified Staff Ratio


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

► Pupil/Administrator Ratio


  • District: 155 to 1
  • State Average: 190 to 1

► Average Class Size


  • District: 20
  • State Average: 20

► Teacher Retention


  • District: 89.4 percent
  • State Average: 86.3 percent

► Teachers with Master's Degree or Higher


  • District: 72.4 percent
  • State Average: 60.9 percent

► Teacher Demographics by Gender


  • Female: 72.2 percent
  • Male: 27.8 percent

► Teacher Demographics by Ethnicity


  • White: 79.8 percent
  • Black: 0.5 percent
  • Hispanic: 4.2 percent
  • Asian: 1.1 percent
  • American Indian: 0 percent
  • Two or More Races: 0 percent
  • Pacific Islander: 0 percent
  • Not Reported: 14.4 percent

► High School Dropout Rate


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

► High School Freshmen on Track to Graduate


  • District (EPHS): 84 percent
  • State Average: 87.1 percent

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


  • District (EPHS): 48 percent
  • State Average: 51 percent

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


  • District: 69 percent
  • State Average: 73 percent

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


  • District: 61 percent
  • State Average: 47 percent

► Student Demographics


  • White: 44.8 percent
  • Black: 2.3 percent
  • Hispanic: 48.6 percent
  • Asian: 2.5 percent
  • American Indian: 0.4 percent
  • Two or More Races: 1.3 percent
  • Pacific Islander: 0.2 percent
  • Low Income: 51 percent
  • English Learners: 15.6 percent
  • With Disabilities: 16 percent
  • Homeless: 1 percent

► Student Attendance


  • District: 95 percent
  • State Average: 94 percent

► Students Meeting or Exceeding PARCC Expectations


  • District: 32 percent (29 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: 33 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: 22 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: 11 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.

► Students (11th Graders) Exceeding or Meeting the Proficiency Level on the SAT


  • EPHS: 37 percent (6 percent exceeding, 31 percent meeting)
  • State Average: 39 percent (11 percent exceeding, 28 percent meeting)
  • See below for explanations of meeting and exceeding SAT proficiency standards.

► Students (11th Graders) Exceeding Standards on the SAT


  • EPHS: 6 percent
  • State Average: 11 percent
  • "Exceeding standards" means the student has exceeded the proficiency level and demonstrates a thorough understanding of the knowledge and skills needed relative to the Illinois Learning Standards.

► Students (11th Graders) Meeting Standards on the SAT


  • EPHS: 31 percent
  • State Average: 28 percent
  • "Meeting standards" means the student has met the proficiency level and demonstrates adequate understanding of the knowledge and skills needed relative to the Illinois Learning Standards.

► Students (11th Graders) Approaching Standards on the SAT


  • EPHS: 43 percent
  • State Average: 35 percent
  • "Approaching standards" means the student is approaching the proficiency level and demonstrates an incomplete understanding of the knowledge and skills needed relative to the Illinois Learning Standards.

► Students (11th Graders) Partially Meeting Standards on the SAT


  • EPHS: 20 percent
  • State Average: 27 percent
  • "Partially meeting standards" means the student has only partially met the standards and demonstrates a minimal understanding of the knowledge and skills needed relative to the Illinois Learning Standards.

► Information About the SAT


  • The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has made the SAT with Essay the Illinois state accountability exam.

  • As of spring 2017, all 11th-grade students attending public high schools, including public charter schools, will take the SAT as part of a school day at no charge.

  • The SAT is an admission test accepted by all U.S. colleges and is intended to determine a student’s level of college readiness in the academic subjects of Math and English Language Arts.

  • As the required Illinois high school state assessment, the SAT will fulfill the requirement that students take an assessment for college and career readiness in order to receive a regular high school diploma, unless eligible to take the alternative assessment or otherwise exempt from testing. The SAT will also fulfill the requirement that high school students must take an assessment accepted for student admission to intuitions of higher education.

  • The SAT will be used for school and District accountability requirements.