ELL students in class.


English Learners (EL)


MULTICULTURAL NIGHT 2021: Please join us May 27 for this year's Multicultural Night! More information is available here. To watch last year's virtual event, please visit this page.


District 401 is committed to supporting the English language development of all English-learning students so they can achieve English language proficiency, grow linguistically and socially, and meet the rigorous academic demands expected of all D401 students.

NOTE ABOUT EPHS: Please note that Elmwood Park High School's program for English Learners is now called the Emergent Bilingual Program


District Language Coach


Our commitment to English Learners has been strengthened by the creation of a new position dedicated to supporting EL instruction: District language coach.

Ms. Dominique Byrnes is our first District language coach, a position that began with the 2020-21 school year. Prior to that, Ms. Byrnes was a 5th- and 6th-grade homeroom teacher for 10 years and an EL resource teacher for five years, all at John Mills Elementary School. She also has taught dual-credit high school students and adult learners at Triton College.

As District language coach, Ms. Byrnes provides the leadership, professional development and data-driven support needed to increase achievement for EL students districtwide.


Contact Information


Questions or concerns? Please contact Dr. Kimberly Ontiveros, District 401's Director for Curriculum & Instruction, at 708-583-5835.


District 401’s Policy on English Learners


EL instruction in District 401 is governed by the Board of Education's policy on English Learners, which can be found in Section 6:160 of the District Policy Manual.

A searchable online version of the complete District Policy Manual can be found here.


For More Information


To learn more about District 401's EL services and programs, please visit the pages and documents listed below:


A John Mills Elementary student reads a book in his English Learners class.