At a Glance | John Mills

John Mills Elementary School provides a comprehensive public education to some 636 students in grades 1-6 in Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401.

Our school is located in Elmwood Park, Ill., a Near West suburb of Chicago. Along with Elmwood Elementary, we are one of the District’s two elementary schools.

In the most recent edition (2017-18) of the annual Illinois Report Cards, we received a summative designation of Commendable School.

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

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.




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

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



8:35 a.m.

8:40 a.m.

3 p.m.

Fast Facts About John Mills

The information below is based primarily on John Mills Elementary School's most recent Illinois School Report Card (2017-18).

► Summative Designation: Commendable School

► Grades: 1st through 6th

► Students: 636

► Total Faculty & Staff: 74

► Average Class Size: 20 students

► Teacher Retention: 86.4 percent

► School Fee: $200

► School Colors: Maroon & Gold

► School Nickname: Trojans

► Student Racial/Ethnic Diversity

  • Hispanic: 54.1 percent
  • White: 40.3 percent
  • Asian: 2.4 percent
  • Black: 1.3 percent
  • Two or More Races: 1.3 percent
  • American Indian: 0.6 percent
  • Pacific Islander: 0.2 percent

► Low-Income Students: 55.5 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: 0.2 percent*

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

► English Learners: 33.5 percent*

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

► Students with Individualized Education Programs (IEPs): 17 percent*

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

► Student Attendance: 94.9 percent*

*Average daily attendance at this school.

► Chronic Absenteeism: 13 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 PARCC Expectations

NOTE: Meeting or exceeding PARCC expectations means a student is on track for the next grade level.

  • John Mills | ELA: 30 percent (27 percent met, 3 percent exceeded)
  • District | ELA: 34 percent (29 percent met, 5 percent exceeded)
  • State | ELA: 37 percent (31 percent met, 6 percent exceeded)
  • John Mills | Math: 16 percent (15 percent met, 1 percent exceeded)
  • District | Math: 25 percent (23 percent met, 2 percent exceeded)
  • State | Math: 32 percent (27 percent met, 5 percent exceeded)

► Students (Grades 3-6) Approaching PARCC Expectations

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

  • John Mills | ELA: 31 percent
  • District | ELA: 32 percent
  • State | ELA: 27 percent
  • John Mills | Math: 28 percent
  • District | Math: 32 percent
  • State | Math: 27 percent

► Students (Grades 3-6) Partially Meeting PARCC Expectations

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

  • John Mills | ELA: 24 percent
  • District | ELA: 22 percent
  • State | ELA: 20 percent
  • John Mills | Math: 35 percent
  • District | Math: 29 percent
  • State | Math: 25 percent

► Students (Grades 3-6) Not Meeting PARCC Expectations

NOTE: Not meeting PARCC expectations 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: 15 percent
  • State | Math: 16 percent

► Information About PARCC

  • PARCC stands for "Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers." 
  • In 2017-18 — the period measured in the most recent edition of the Illinois Report Cards — PARCC exams were the assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in public school districts in grades 3-8.
  • In 2018-19 PARCC was replaced by the Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR). Data from IAR will be available in the next edition of the State Report Cards, which will be released in fall 2019.
  • PARCC assessed the Common Core-based Illinois Learning Standards in English language arts and mathematics. 
  • For additional information about understanding Illinois PARCC scores, please visit this site.