Our School


Elm Middle School educates students in grades 6-8. This is a change that became official on July 1, 2020. Prior to that date, our student body consisted of grades 7-8.

All of our students must be residents of Elmwood Park, Ill., a Near West suburb of Chicago with a population of about 25,000.

As part of Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401, we are the District's only middle school. We offer a rigorous three-year curriculum within the framework of our College & Career Pathways program.

Our enrollment for 2020-21 is 678 students:

  • 230 in grade 6
  • 220 in grade 7
  • 228 in grade 8

In the most recent edition of the annual Illinois Report Cards, which covered the 2019-20 school year, we received a summative designation of Commendable School. During that school year, our average class size was 24 students.


Our Mission


Elm’s guiding philosophy and values are summed up in our mission statement:

The faculty, staff, students and community of Elm Middle School are devoted to academic excellence. In addition, we feel it is important for students to develop a sense of self-esteem and confidence in order to ensure success in high school and to enable them to make the correct decisions that will guide them later in life. We believe in individual differences, responsible behavior and an obligation of students to serve their community.


Our Academics and Support Services


We provide instruction in the core academic subjects of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Our students also receive instruction in physical education and health. We offer electives in art, band, music, Spanish and technology.

Elm's accelerated learning and academic support programs include opportunities for advanced learners, instruction for English learners, assistance for students with reading difficulties, services for special education students and accommodations for Section 504 students.


Our Athletics Program


Our interscholastic sports teams compete in the Leyden-Norwood Athletic Conference

During the fall season the Elm Cougars participate in boys cross country, girls cross country, boys soccer, boys softball, girls softball and girls volleyball. 

In the winter our student-athletes participate in boys basketball, girls basketball, pom-pons and cheerleading. 

Our sports year ends with girls soccer and boys volleyball in the spring.


Our Clubs and Student Activities


Outside of sports, our students have numerous opportunities to develop their extracurricular interests, including a vibrant musical program consisting of band and choir. 

Our many student organizations and activities include Art Club, Crypto Club, National Junior Honor Society, Photography Club, Robotics, Scholastic Bowl, Student Council and Yearbook. 


For More Information


We invite you to learn more about our school by contacting us with your questions, downloading our student handbook, visiting the pages listed in the section below or clicking the links located in the left-hand column of this page.