Award Year: 2013

Sandburg Middle School

345 E St Charles Road
Elmhurst, IL, 60126-3655

(630) 834-4534

Amy Read, Principal at time of Nomination

Elmhurst SD 205

School Website


To meet the educational needs of all students, challenging each to his or her full potential and ensuring a foundation for future success in life.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 3%
  • White: 83%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 4%
  • Two or more races: 2%
  • ELL: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %

Sandburg Middle School is located in Elmhurst, Illinois, and is a part of Community Unit School District 205. Our families and community are essential partners and are continuously interconnected in our efforts. Working collaboratively, we provide educational supports that enrich the experiences of our students.

Communication plays an integral part in encouraging parents to take an active role in the educational lives of their children. The principal sends out a weekly electronic parent newsletter containing important information highlighting upcoming events, assessments, current educational issues, as well as student and teacher successes. Our school, departmental, and individual staff member webpages also offer a wealth of resources for families, including testing strategies and practice exams, access to web-based textbooks, study guides and other links to support content areas. Additionally, the principal hosts “Parents and Pastries” quarterly, which allows for parents to engage in smaller, more personalized conversations with administration.

Our Parent-Teacher Association, with a membership representing over 500 families, provides valuable support and funding for events such as grade-level welcome back orientations, Honor Roll Breakfast, Science Olympiad, Reflections, All-School Dance, Outdoor Education, McTeacher Night, teacher appreciation events, grade-level activities and much more.

The Elmhurst District 205 Education Foundation provides support for curricular enrichment, field trips and technology to support curricular programs and co-curricular clubs and activities. Numerous Foundation grants have significantly enhanced students’ learning experiences, particularly in regards to technology, through the introduction of Smart Boards, iPads and NOVA5000s, to increase student engagement in the classroom. The Foundation also provides support for after-school programs targeted for challenged learners.

These ongoing relationships and partnerships truly make Sandburg stand apart and provide the foundation of our community of learners.