Our School

John Mills Elementary School educates students in pre-kindergarten (PK) through 5th grade. This is a change that became official on July 1, 2020. Prior to that date, our student body consisted of grades 1-6. (With the change, 6th graders now attend Elm Middle School.)

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.

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. Our average class size was 22 students.

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 physical education, art, music and technology. We offer an elective in band.

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 consisting of band and choir. 

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, visiting the pages listed in the section below or clicking the links located in the left-hand column of this page.