At a Glance | John Mills

Under a reorganization that took effect on July 1, 2020, John Mills Elementary School provides a comprehensive, standards-based public education to students in pre-kindergarten (PK) through 5th grade as part of Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401. Previously, we taught students in grades 1-6. (District 401's 6th graders now attend Elm Middle School.)

Our school is located in Elmwood Park, Ill., a Near West suburb of Chicago with a population of about 25,000. Our nickname is the Trojans, and our school colors are maroon and gold. Along with Elmwood Elementary, we are one of the District’s two elementary schools, and we are the only D401 school that teaches PK students.

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 610 students.

Mission Statement

Our mission at John Mills Elementary School, in partnership with the home and community, is to promote self-esteem, academic success, social responsibility and lifelong learning by providing for all students and staff a caring and challenging educational environment. 

Address and Map

John Mills Elementary School, 2824 N. 76th 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 708-452-3560.





Mr. Frank Kuzniewski


Assistant Principal Ms. Alexandra Oreluk 708-452-3560

Office Staff

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Principal's Secretary

Ms. Denise Wurtz


Office Clerk

Ms. Leslie Laureano


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



7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday to Friday
(Closed during winter and summer breaks)

Absences and School Closings

To report an absence:

► Call in before 9 a.m. the day of the absence at 708-583-6288 (voicemail) or 708-452-3560 during office hours (7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.).

For school closing information:

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

If You Visit John Mills

All visitors to John Mills Elementary School during hours when students are present must sign in and out at the main office and obtain a visitor’s badge.

School-age visitors are not permitted during school hours.

School Hours

Regular Start


Start of Classes



8:35 a.m.

8:40 a.m.

3 p.m.

Fast Facts

The information below is based primarily on John Mills Elementary School's most recent Illinois School Report Card (2018-19). Please note that during the period covered by this report card, John Mills' students were in grades 1-6. Updated information about our 2020-21 student body, which will consist of students in grades PK-5, will be provided as soon as possible after the new school year begins.

► Summative Designation: Commendable School

► Grades: PK-5 effective July 1, 2020; 1-6 prior to that

► Students: 610

► Total Faculty & Staff: 74

► Average Class Size: 22 students

► Pupil/Teacher Ratio: 17:1

► Teacher Retention: 82 percent

► School Fee: $200

► Student Racial/Ethnic Diversity

  • Hispanic: 57.0 percent
  • White: 38.2 percent
  • Asian: 2.0 percent
  • Two or More Races: 1.1 percent
  • Black: 1.0 percent
  • American Indian: 0.5 percent
  • Pacific Islander: 0.2 percent

► Low-Income Students: 55.4 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: 0.3 percent*

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

► English Learners: 34.8 percent*

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

► Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs): 18 percent*

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

► Student Attendance: 94.2 percent*

*Average daily attendance at this school.

► Chronically Truant Students: 5.4 percent*

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

► Chronic Absenteeism: 15 percent*

*Percentage of students at this school who miss 10 percent of school days per year with or without a valid excuse.

► Students (Grades 3-6) Meeting or Exceeding Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) Expectations in ELA & Math

NOTE: This means a student is on track for the next grade level.

  • John Mills | ELA: 36 percent (31 percent met, 5 percent exceeded)
  • District | ELA: 43 percent (36 percent met, 7 percent exceeded)
  • State | ELA: 38 percent (32 percent met, 6 percent exceeded)
  • John Mills | Math: 19 percent (18 percent met, 1 percent exceeded)
  • District | Math: 28 percent (26 percent met, 2 percent exceeded)
  • State | Math: 32 percent (27 percent met, 5 percent exceeded)

► Students (Grades 3-6) Approaching IAR Expectations in ELA & Math

NOTE: This means a student may need additional support to meet expectations at the next grade level.

  • John Mills | ELA: 29 percent
  • District | ELA: 29 percent
  • State | ELA: 26 percent
  • John Mills | Math: 25 percent
  • District | Math: 28 percent
  • State | Math: 27 percent

► Students (Grades 3-6) Partially Meeting IAR Expectations in ELA & Math

NOTE: This means a student may need additional support to meet expectations at the next grade level.

  • John Mills | ELA: 20 percent
  • District | ELA: 16 percent
  • State | ELA: 19 percent
  • John Mills | Math: 37 percent
  • District | Math: 30 percent
  • State | Math: 25 percent

► Students (Grades 3-6) Not Meeting IAR Expectations in ELA & Math

NOTE: This means a student may need additional support to meet expectations at the next grade level.

  • John Mills | ELA: 15 percent
  • District | ELA: 12 percent
  • State | ELA: 16 percent
  • John Mills | Math: 21 percent
  • District | Math: 14 percent
  • State | Math: 16 percent