Our School

Built in 1954, Elmwood Park High School educates students in grades 9-12. Our students must be residents of Elmwood Park, Ill., a Near West Chicago suburb with a population of about 25,000.

As part of Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401, we are the District's only high school. We offer a rigorous four-year curriculum organized within the framework of our College & Career Pathways program. EPHS has a four-year graduation rate of 91 percent.

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. Our average class size was 25 students. In its 2020 rankings, U.S. News again listed us as one of the nation's Best High Schools.

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

Our Commitment

The faculty, staff and administration of EPHS and the Board of Education 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.

For more information about the mission and vision of our school, please click here.

Our Academics and Support Services

We provide instruction in the core academic subjects of English, mathematics, science and social studies — including opportunities to take honors and AP courses.

Our students also receive instruction in physical education and health, and they may pursue electives in art, business, foreign language and music. Students may also take dual-credit classes from Triton College in almost 20 different subject areas, including automotive technology, criminal justice, engineering technology, fashion merchandising and nursing.

EPHS's support programs include instruction for English learners, assistance for students with reading difficulties, services for special education students and accommodations for Section 504 students. Our counseling office provides students with individualized guidance on college and career options, and our library offers digital and hard-copy resources for doing research papers and other class projects.

Our Athletics Program

EPHS belongs to the Illinois High School Association, and our interscholastic sports teams compete in the Metro Suburban Conference.

During the fall season the Elmwood Park Tigers participate in cheerleading, boys and girls cross country, football, boys golf, boys soccer, girls tennis and girls volleyball.

During the winter our student-athletes participate in boys and girls basketball, cheerleading, pom-pons and wrestling. 

During the spring season our year ends with baseball, boys soccer, softball, boys tennis, and boys and girls track and field.

Comprehensive coverage of our student-athletes can be found on the EPHS Athletics website.

Our Clubs and Student Activities

Outside of sports, our students have many opportunities to develop their extracurricular interests, including the chance to participate in our vibrant performing and visual arts programs.

Our many student organizations and activities also include Art Club, Culture Club, DECA (a business club that consistently wins major awards on the state and national levels). Key Club, National Honor Society, Polish Club, Snowball, Student Council, Thespian Club, Varsity Club, Virtual Enterprise International (another award-winning business club) 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 left-hand column of this page.