Basic Info | Our School

Elmwood Elementary School educates students in kindergarten through 5th grade. We are the Panthers, and our school colors are black and gold.

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 share responsibility with John Mills Elementary for educating our community's K-5 children. (John Mills also offers pre-kindergarten instruction.)

Our final total enrollment for 2021-22 was 519 students.*

  • Kindergarten: 82
  • 1st Grade: 101
  • 2nd Grade: 78
  • 3rd Grade: 67
  • 4th Grade: 97
  • 5th Grade: 94

*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 708-452-3558 or by email at

Office hours are 8 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 p.m. For more information about entrance and dismissal times, visit our School Hours page.

Our Mission

Elmwood's guiding philosophy and values are summed up in our mission statement:

The staff of Elmwood Elementary School believes that all students have the right to achieve their potential. Our main purposes are to facilitate academic achievement, foster positive behaviors and attitudes, and inspire our students to lifelong learning. Therefore, we as teachers will pursue continuous growth and develop our skills as educators.

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 "specials" — ie., art, enrichment, music, physical education and technology.

Our 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 Clubs and Student Activities

Elmwood students have numerous opportunities to develop their extracurricular interests, including a vibrant musical program. 

Our many student organizations and activities include Art Club, Homework Club, Intramurals, Panther Fit Club, Panther Press, STEM Club, Student Council, TAP (Technology Apprentice Program) 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.