Our School

Elmwood Elementary School educates students in kindergarten through 5th grade.

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 enrollment for 2020-21 was 516 students:*

  • 86 students in kindergarten
  • 71 students in grade 1
  • 72 students in grade 2
  • 87 students in grade 3
  • 100 students in grade 4
  • 100 students in grade 5

In the most recent edition of the annual Illinois Report Cards, which covered the 2020 school year (2019-20), we received a summative designation of Commendable School. During that school year, our average class size was 24 students.

*PLEASE NOTE: We will update our enrollment figures after the 2021-22 school year begins.


For a quick look at our school in 2021-22, please click the image below to see our Family Night Back-to-School Presentation, originally given on Aug. 5, 2021.

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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, Chess Scholars, Go Green Club, Homework Club, Intramurals, Panther Fit Club, Panther Press, STEM Club, Student Council, TAP (Technology Apprentice Program), Yearbook and Young Rembrandts. 

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.