Basic Info | Our School

Elm Middle School educates students in grades 6-8. We are the Cougars, and our school colors are red and black.

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 final total enrollment for 2021-22 was 675 students.*

  • 6th Grade: 212
  • 7th Grade: 243
  • 8th Grade: 220

*PLEASE NOTE: All enrollment figures were final for 2021-22 as of May 26, 2022.

To Contact Us

You can reach us by phone at 708-452-3550 or by email at

Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, except when school is closed due to holidays or breaks.

Please note that during 2022-23 each Monday will be an early release day for students, with dismissal at 2:09 p.m. For more information about entrance and dismissal times, visit our Bell Schedules and School Hours pages.

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 navigation column of this page.