Our School

John Mills Elementary School educates students in pre-kindergarten (PK) through 5th grade. 

All of our students must be residents of Elmwood Park, Ill., a Near West suburb of Chicago with a population of about 25,000. As part of Elmwood Park Community Unit School District 401, we are the District's only school that teaches PK students, and we share responsibility with Elmwood Elementary for educating our community's K-5 children.

Our enrollment for 2020-21 was 594 students:*

  • 57 students in pre-kindergarten
  • 79 students in kindergarten
  • 90 students in grade 1
  • 98 students in grade 2
  • 75 students in grade 3
  • 87 students in grade 4
  • 108 students in grade 5

In the most recent edition of the annual Illinois Report Cards, which covered the 2020 school year (2019-20), we received a summative designation of Commendable School. During that school year, our average class size was 25 students.

* PLEASE NOTE: We will update our enrollment figures after the 2021-22 school year begins.


For a quick look at our school in 2021-22, please click the image below to see our Welcome Back Presentation, originally given on Aug. 5, 2021.

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Our Mission

John Mills' guiding philosophy and values are summed up in our 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.

Our Academics and Support Services

We provide instruction in the core academic subjects of language arts, mathematics, science and social studies. Our students also receive instruction in "specials" — i.e., art, enrichment, music, physical education and technology.

Our accelerated learning and academic support programs include opportunities for advanced learners, instruction for English learners, assistance for students with reading difficulties, services for special education students and accommodations for Section 504 students.

Our Clubs and Student Activities

John Mills students have numerous opportunities to develop their extracurricular interests, including a vibrant musical program.

Our student organizations and activities include Art Club, Intramurals, Sign Language Club, STEM Club, Student Council, TAP (Technology Apprentice Program), Trojan Tribune, Yearbook and Young Rembrandts. 

For More Information

We invite you to learn more about our school by contacting us with your questions, downloading our student handbook or visiting the pages listed below.