At a Glance | EPHS

Elmwood Park High School provides a comprehensive public education to some 931 students in grades 9-12 in Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401.

Our school, which opened in 1954, is located in Elmwood Park, Ill., a Near West suburb of Chicago. 

With a total faculty and staff of 92 employees and an average class size of 22 students, EPHS provides core, honors, Advanced Placement and dual-credit academic programming. We also support instruction for students with IEP, English Learner, 504 and other special needs.

In the most recent edition (2017-18) of the annual Illinois Report Cards, we received a summative designation of Commendable School. In its 2019 rankings, U.S. News again listed us as one of the nation's "Best High Schools." 

We are fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Illinois State Board of Education.

Elmwood Park High School's Mission Statement

The faculty, staff, administration and Board of Education of Elmwood Park High School are committed to providing a comprehensive high school education which, through its curricular and extracurricular programs, meets the individual and collective interests and needs of its students and prepares them to be productive citizens of a diverse, global and interdependent society.

In particular, this learning community is committed to the flexible teaching and scheduling patterns and resources necessary to stretch each student to the limits of his/her academic and personal potential, and to providing the knowledge, problem solving and personal skills required for post-secondary education, employment, leisure and family life.

Graduates should be grounded in our American heritage of respect for human dignity and optimism regarding their role in improving the quality of life for all people.

Address and Map

Elmwood Park High School, 8201 W. Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707


If you would like to email any of the individuals listed below, please click the name of the person you want to reach. The main office phone number is 708-452-7272.





Mr. Douglas Wildes


Assistant Principal

Ms. Kyleen Coia


Dean of Students A-L

Ms. Katie Plum


Dean of Students M-Z

Mr. Brandon Pedersen


Athletic Director

Mr. Doug Noyes


Office Staff

To email any of the individuals listed below, please click the name of the person you want to reach. The main office phone number is 708-452-7272. 




Principal’s Secretary

Ms. Gina Locascio

ext. 6214

Deans' Secretary

Ms. Kelly Schlanger

ext. 6215

Athletic Director's Secretary

Ms. Felicia Mirabile

ext. 5468

Attendance Clerk

Ms. Monica Sarno

ext. 6202

Main Office Contact Information

If you want to reach us by email, please use the general information email address listed below, or send your message to the appropriate individual listed elsewhere on this page.



General Email

Office Hours


(Main Office)

(Athletic Office)

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday
(EPHS office is open year round)

Absences and School Closings

To report an absence:

► Call the EPHS Attendance Line Voicemail at 708-583-6400 or 708-452-7272 ext. 7131 before 9 a.m. the day of the absence.

For school closing information:

► Call 708-452-7272 and use extension 8.

If You Visit EPHS

All visitors to Elmwood Park High School during hours when students are present must sign in and out at the security desk and obtain a visitor’s badge.

School-age visitors are not permitted during school hours.

School Hours

Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, late-start Wednesdays have been eliminated from District 401's schedule. Regular hours now apply to each day when school is in session.

Regular Start

Start of Classes



7:50 a.m.

3 p.m.

Fast Facts About EPHS

The information below is based primarily on Elmwood Park High School's most recent Illinois Report Card (2017-18).

► Summative Designation: Commendable School

► Grades: 9th through 12th

► Students: 931

► Total Faculty & Staff: 92

► Average Class Size: 22 students

► Graduation Rate (four year)

  • EPHS: 88 percent
  • State Average: 85 percent

► Graduation Rate (five year)

  • EPHS: 92 percent
  • State Average: 88 percent

► Freshmen on Track to Graduate

  • EPHS: 79.1 percent
  • State Average: 86.8 percent

► Students Taking Early College Courses

  • Grade 10: 86 students (36.1%)
  • Grade 11: 102 students (48.8%)
  • Grade 12: 97 students (47.3%)
  • Total: 285 students (43.7%)

► Students Taking One or More AP Courses

  • Grade 10: 86 students
  • Grade 11: 91 students
  • Grade 12: 84 students
  • Total: 261 students

► Students Taking One or More Dual-Credit Courses

  • Grade 11: 12 students
  • Grade 12: 12 students
  • Total: 24 students

► Postsecondary Enrollment*

*Percentage of students in a two- or four-year college within 12 months of graduation.

  • EPHS: 81 percent
  • State Average: 75 percent

► Postsecondary Enrollment* 

*Percentage of students in a two- or four-year college within 16 months of graduation.

  • EPHS: 81 percent
  • State Average: 76 percent

► Community College Remediation*

*Percentage of students now in Illinois community colleges taking remedial courses.

  • EPHS: 60 percent
  • State Average: 46 percent

► Teacher Retention: 90.9 percent

► School Fee: $350

► Senior Graduation Fee: $60

► School Colors: Black & Gold

► School Nickname: Tigers

► Sports Teams (Boys): Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Football, Golf, Soccer, Track & Field, Volleyball, Wrestling

► Sports Teams (Girls): Basketball, Cross Country, Pom-Pons, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball

► Cheer Teams: Fall Cheerleading, Winter Cheerleading

► Athletic Conference: Metro Suburban Conference

► Student Racial/Ethnic Diversity

  • Hispanic: 49 percent
  • White: 45 percent
  • Black: 2.6 percent
  • Asian: 1.8 percent
  • Two or More Races: 1.1 percent
  • American Indian: 0.4 percent
  • Pacific Islander: 0.1 percent

► Low-Income Students: 43.1 percent*

*Percentage of students at this school who are eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches, live in substitute care or whose families receive public aid.

► Homeless Students: 0.4 percent*

*Percentage of students at this school who do not have permanent or adequate homes.

► Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs): 13 percent*

*Percentage of students at this school who receive special education and related services in accordance with their IEPs.

English Learners: 6.7 percent*

*Percentage of students at this school whose primary language is not English.

► Student Attendance: 92.8 percent*

*Average daily attendance at this school.

► Chronic Absenteeism: 18 percent*

*Percentage of students at this school who miss 10 percent of school days per year.

► Dropout Rate: 1 percent*

*Percentage of students removed from local enrollment roster before end of a school term.

► Students (Grade 11) Exceeding SAT Standards

NOTE: "Exceeding standards" means the student has exceeded the proficiency level and demonstrates a thorough understanding of the knowledge and skills needed relative to the Illinois Learning Standards.

  • EPHS | ELA: 3 percent
  • State Average | ELA: 13 percent
  • EPHS | Math: 5 percent
  • State Average | Math: 9 percent

► Students (Grade 11) Meeting SAT Standards

NOTE: "Meeting standards" means the student has met the proficiency level and demonstrates adequate understanding of the knowledge and skills needed relative to the Illinois Learning Standards.

  • EPHS | ELA: 20 percent
  • State Average | ELA: 24 percent
  • EPHS | Math: 20 percent
  • State Average | Math: 25 percent

► Students (Grade 11) Approaching SAT Standards

NOTE: "Approaching standards" means the student is approaching the proficiency level and demonstrates an incomplete understanding of the knowledge and skills needed relative to the Illinois Learning Standards.

  • EPHS | ELA: 48 percent
  • State Average | ELA: 38 percent
  • EPHS | Math: 36 percent
  • State Average | Math: 32 percent

► Students (Grade 11) Partially Meeting SAT Standards

NOTE: "Partially meeting standards" means the student has only partially met the standards and demonstrates a minimal understanding of the knowledge and skills needed relative to the Illinois Learning Standards.

  • EPHS | ELA: 29 percent
  • State Average | ELA: 25 percent
  • EPHS | Math: 40 percent
  • State Average | Math: 34 percent

► Information About the SAT

  • The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) has made the SAT with Essay the Illinois state accountability exam.
  • As of spring 2017, all 11th-grade students attending public high schools, including public charter schools, take the SAT as part of a school day at no charge.
  • The SAT is an admission test accepted by all U.S. colleges and is intended to determine a student’s level of college readiness in the academic subjects of Math and English Language Arts.
  • As the required Illinois high school state assessment, the SAT fulfills the requirement that students take an assessment for college and career readiness in order to receive a regular high school diploma, unless eligible to take the alternative assessment or otherwise exempt from testing. The SAT also fulfills the requirement that high school students must take an assessment accepted for student admission to intuitions of higher education.
  • The SAT is used for school and District accountability requirements.
  • While academic preparation in Math and English/Language Arts is an essential part of readiness for college and careers, students also need preparation in other subjects along with persistence, motivation, time management, and technical skills.