Superintendent's Message

By Dr. Leah Gauthier, District 401 Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Leah Gauthier portrait photoWelcome to the Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401 website. I am proud to begin my second year as the Superintendent of Schools in District 401. It is an honor to serve the Elmwood Park Community.

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.

Over the summer we have worked to get our buildings ready for students and staff. We will continue to offer safety mitigations on-site to keep our community safe. I am excited to welcome new and returning students to our four schools on Aug. 18, 2021. Having our full capacity back in-person is one that we have waited a long time for.

I am looking forward to working with each and everyone 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