Superintendent's Message

By Dr. Leah Gauthier, District 401 Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Leah Gauthier portrait photo

Welcome to the Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401 website. I am honored to serve the Elmwood Park Community as the Superintendent of Schools.

We are a unit district in the Chicagoland area, providing education to students starting in preschool and continuing through 12th grade.

We offer full-day kindergarten, acceleration classes, college and career pathways, dual credit, one-to-one devices, as well as multiple electives and extracurricular activities for our students. We strive to educate the whole child, focusing on the needs of our students.

This past May we embarked on a three-year $55-million construction project at our two elementary schools. The construction project will result in a much-needed renovation and addition to our two elementary schools, John Mills and Elmwood.

During the summer of 2022 we replaced the flooring, electrical and plumbing as well as started the addition at both schools. I am grateful for the community support as we create the best possible learning environment for our students.

I am looking forward to working with each and every one of you within our school community to provide students with opportunities that will best prepare them for their future. Together we will continue with our vision of inspiring minds in the pursuit of excellence. It is an outstanding privilege to serve the Elmwood Park Community.


Dr. Leah Gauthier
Superintendent of Schools