At a Glance | EPHS


Elmwood Park High School provides a comprehensive, standards-based public education to students in grades 9-12 as part of 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 population of about 25,000. Our nickname is the Tigers, and our school colors are black and gold. We are District 401's only high school.

EPHS provides core, honors, Advanced Placement and dual-credit academic programming, organized within the framework of our College & Career Pathways program. We also support instruction for students with IEP, English Learner, 504 and other special needs.

In the most recent edition of the annual Illinois Report Cards, which covered the 2018-19 school year, we received a summative designation of Commendable School. During that school year, we had an enrollment of 952 students, with an average class size of 25.

We are fully accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools and by the Illinois State Board of Education. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News again listed us as one of the nation's Best High Schools.


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


Administration


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.

Title

Name

Phone

Principal

Mr. Douglas Wildes

708-452-7272

Assistant Principal

Mr. Bernhard Walke

708-452-7272

Dean of Students

Ms. Leanne Hightower

708-452-7272

Dean of Students

Mr. David Parolin

708-452-7272

Athletic Director

Mr. Doug Noyes

708-452-7272


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. 

Title

Name

Phone

Principal’s Secretary

Ms. Gina Locascio

ext. 6214

Deans' Secretary

Ms. Dina Koutroumanes

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.

Phone

Fax

General Email

Office Hours

708-452-7272

708-452-0732
(Main Office)

708-452-0451
(Athletic Office)

ephsinfo@epcusd401.org

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


Regular Start

Start of Classes

Dismissal

Mondays-Fridays

7:50 a.m.

3 p.m.


Fast Facts


The information below is based primarily on Elmwood Park High School's most recent Illinois Report Card (2018-19). Updated information will be provided as soon as possible after the next state report card is released, in the fall of 2020.


► Summative Designation: Commendable School


► Grades: 9-12


► Students: 952


► Total Faculty & Staff: 92


► Average Class Size: 25 students


► Graduation Rate (four year)

  • EPHS: 91 percent
  • State Average: 86 percent

► Graduation Rate (five year)

  • EPHS: 89 percent
  • State Average: 88 percent

► Freshmen on Track to Graduate

  • EPHS: 89.6 percent
  • State Average: 86.6 percent

► Students Taking Early College Courses

  • Grade 9: 62 students (20.7%)
  • Grade 10: 89 students (36.6%)
  • Grade 11: 122 students (61%)
  • Grade 12: 122 students (58.1%)
  • Total: 395 students (41.5%)

► Students Taking One or More AP Courses

  • Grade 9: 62 students
  • Grade 10: 89 students
  • Grade 11: 112 students
  • Grade 12: 100 students
  • Total: 363 students

► Students Taking One or More Dual-Credit Courses

  • Grade 11: 16 students
  • Grade 12: 43 students
  • Total: 59 students

► Postsecondary Enrollment*

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

  • EPHS: 77 percent
  • State Average: 73 percent

► Postsecondary Enrollment* 

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

  • EPHS: 79 percent
  • State Average: 74 percent

► Community College Remediation*

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

  • EPHS: 74 percent
  • State Average: 44 percent

► Teacher Retention: 89 percent


► School Fee: $350


► Senior Graduation Fee: $60


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


► Sports Teams (Girls): Basketball, Cross Country, Competitive Cheer, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Track & Field, Volleyball


► Cheer Teams: Fall Cheerleading, Winter Cheerleading


► Athletic Conference: Metro Suburban Conference


► Student Racial/Ethnic Diversity

  • Hispanic: 52 percent
  • White: 41.7 percent
  • Black: 2.4 percent
  • Asian: 2.2 percent
  • Two or More Races: 1.3 percent
  • American Indian: 0.4 percent

► Low-Income Students: 45.8 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: 0.6 percent*

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


► Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs): 12 percent*

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


English Learners: 8.2 percent*

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


► Student Attendance: 92 percent*

*Average daily attendance at this school.


► Chronically Truant Students: 9.2 percent*

*Percentage of students who miss 5 percent of school days per year without a valid excuse.


► Chronic Absenteeism: 26 percent*

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


► Dropout Rate: 3 percent*

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


► Students (Grade 11) Exceeding SAT Standards in ELA & Math

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: 7 percent
  • State Average | ELA: 11 percent
  • EPHS | Math: 4 percent
  • State Average | Math: 9 percent

► Students (Grade 11) Meeting SAT Standards in ELA & Math

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: 21 percent
  • State Average | ELA: 26 percent
  • EPHS | Math: 29 percent
  • State Average | Math: 26 percent

► Students (Grade 11) Approaching SAT Standards in ELA & Math

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: 52 percent
  • State Average | ELA: 36 percent
  • EPHS | Math: 35 percent
  • State Average | Math: 32 percent

► Students (Grade 11) Partially Meeting SAT Standards in ELA & Math

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: 21 percent
  • State Average | ELA: 28 percent
  • EPHS | Math: 33 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.