About District 97

District 97 is the public elementary school district located in Oak Park, Illinois. The district has eight elementary schools and two middle schools, provides a well-rounded education to nearly 5,800 students in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade, and employs more than 900 highly qualified certified and non-certified staff members.

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Oak Park Elementary School District 97 will create a positive learning environment for all students that is equitable, inclusive and focused on the whole child.


The mission of Oak Park Elementary School District 97 is to guarantee that each student achieves optimal intellectual growth while developing socially, emotionally, and physically through a system distinguished by:

  • Exemplary instruction focused on each student
  • Commitment to the needs of a diverse population
  • Meaningful partnerships with families and the community
  • Celebrations of the power of art, music, and language
  • Confident students challenged to be educational risk-takers