Our Mission

At Garden Hills Elementary School, all are engaged and empowered through a rigorous, internationally-minded, inquiry-based curriculum in order to become independent, life-long learners well-equipped to thrive and contribute within local and global communities.

Bell Schedule

Students are not permitted to enter the building before 8:30 a.m. as supervision is not available. Please do not drop your child off earlier than this time as this poses a safety risk.

Morning Start Time: 8:55 a.m.

Dismissal: 3:10 p.m.

About Garden Hills

Garden Hills School is a Candidate school for the Primary Years Program. Garden Hills is pursuing Authorization as an IB world school. IB schools share a common philosophy - a commitment to high quality, challenging, international education that the Garden Hills School community believes is important for our students. The prestigious International Baccalaureate Primary Years Program (IB-PYP) is a comprehensive approach to teaching and learning that focuses on the world around us and our place in it. PYP nurtures in students a powerful sense of their roles and responsibilities as human beings in a global society. Garden Hills teachers guide students using the IB-PYP inquiry process - a special way to ask and respond to questions - to have students gain knowledge, skills, strategies, attitudes, and attributes as they explore six universal themes. This powerful inquiry process provides meaningful opportunities for each student to reach his or her full potential in a supportive environment.

Our History

Garden Hills Elementary School was constructed in 1958 on land donated by the Ozier family. Since 1989, Garden Hills has been a charter school for the Illinois Accelerated Schools Project. In addition, Garden Hills is a past recipient of the prestigious "Excellence in Education Award" from the United States Department of Education. It serves as one of the three elementary sites for the gifted programs. A Student Service Coordinator assists students with academic and social interactions.