About Harper:

Welcome to Harper Elementary! We provide students with a warm, nurturing environment that focuses on the social, emotional, and academic development of all children. We aim to challenge each student to reach beyond their full potential. Our staff is committed to meeting the needs of every child and modeling what it means to be life-long learners. Staff is always looking to grow professionally and personally.

Harper is an elementary building that serves children from Kindergarten through fourth grade. Harper enrolls over 400 students, typically with 4 classes per grade level. The majority of our students have attended at least two years of preschool before beginning kindergarten, and our students consistently score well on national, state, and local assessments. Our staff is trained in differentiated instruction that is enriched by technology and the arts. We offer a wide-ranging related arts program consisting physical education (PE), library, music, art, technology, and Spanish. We also have ongoing supports for students consisting of learning behavior specialists, speech pathologists, a school psychologist, an occupational therapist, a social worker, a differentiation support teacher, reading teachers, and English language learner teachers. These “specialists” ensure that we are meeting the needs of all the children.

Our PTO is our partner in education. Through countless hours of volunteer work and fund raising (IGNITE), the PTO helps support a variety of programs and activities such as Book Fairs, Student Council, Yearbook, Before School Chorus, Civics and Safety, the Harper Hoedown and Environmental Awareness. Additionally, the PTO funds and organizes the Student Enrichment Program which supports the curriculum by giving students the opportunity for field trips, guest speakers, and fine arts performances. We, as a school, are very thankful for the efforts of our PTO. These enrichment activities have a significant impact on the educational experience of Harper students.

Parent and Student Handbooks

Street Crossing Guards

Paid crossing guards, under the supervision of the Wilmette Police Department, are available to cross children at Lake and Hunter, Illinois and Iroquois, Greenwood and Hunter before and after school only. Crossing guards are not on duty at lunch, for morning kindergarten dismissal, or for afternoon kindergarten arrival. Children should be taught to cross these streets only when a crossing guard is present and/or at marked pedestrian crosswalks.

The AM/PM crossing guard at the corner of Dartmouth and Greenwood, and the PM crossing guard at the corner of Dartmouth and Thornwood are financially supported by the Harper PTO.