Basic Info | Our School

John Mills Elementary School educates students in pre-kindergarten (PK) through 5th grade. We are the Trojans, and our school colors are maroon and gold.

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 final total enrollment for 2021-22 was 671 students.*

  • Pre-Kindergarten: 98
  • Kindergarten: 105
  • 1st Grade: 102
  • 2nd Grade: 95
  • 3rd Grade: 96
  • 4th Grade: 81
  • 5th Grade: 94

*PLEASE NOTE: All enrollment figures were final for 2021-22 as of May 26, 2022.

To Contact Us

You can reach us by phone at 708-452-3560 or by email at

Office hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, except when school is closed due to holidays or breaks.

Please note that during 2022-23 each Monday will be an early release day for students, with dismissal at 2 p.m. For more information about entrance and dismissal times, visit our School Hours page.

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.