Award Year: 2016

Monroe Elementary School

210 North Madison Street
Hinsdale, IL, 60521

(630) 861-4200

Mr. Justin Horne, Principal at time of Nomination

Community Consolidated School District 181

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To provide a premier educational experience that teaches students to be critical thinkers and enables them to achieve their full potential - academically, socially, and emotionally.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 79%
  • Hispanic: 5%
  • Asian: 10%
  • Two or more races: 5%
1st grade students harvesting vegetables that they planted as Kindergarteners

1st grade students harvesting vegetables that they planted as Kindergarteners

Walking through the halls of Monroe is a journey through the history of the neighborhood's deeply rooted commitment to the growth of learners. From the charming historic tiles in the original 1928 wing, through the series of several community-supported renovations over the decades, it is easy to sense the continued dedication to nurturing young minds. The school's motto "Learning to Grow and Growing to Learn" is at the heart of what is valued in the school and community. Unique to Monroe is the Living Classroom Learning Lab- a thriving prairie, George Washington vegetable garden, pond, and an official Monarch Butterfly Waystation. Students K-5 engage in New Generation Science Standards (NGSS) supporting hands-on, minds-on activities in four separate ecosystems. Bounty from the vegetable garden has been shared with the local food pantry. Families and community members participate in upkeep and summer care. Monroe students' sense of community stretches beyond their village. Monroe has a long-standing relationship with the O'Brien School in Tanzania. The relationship with this school has opened the students' eyes to a very different learning environment halfway around the world. Additionally, each year there is a whole school focus on the culture, economics, animals, and geography of a different country. Monroe students are nurtured to grow and learn in a supportive and stimulating environment. They are prepared academically and emotionally to face challenges today and to be the critical thinkers and caring leaders of tomorrow.