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Welcome to Orchard Place

Central School

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Central School is a neighborhood elementary school located in the heart of Des Plaines. We are a diverse learning community committed to rigorous academic standards, family engagement, and student voice.

We have an active and involved parent-teacher organization along with strong community partnerships the library, history center, and park district.

Principal Newsletter

Principal, Erica Cupuro's page where she publishes her weekly Newsletters.

Campus Parent

Campus Parent is our new Student Information System portal for families. You can register your child, see their class information and more.

Breakfast & Lunch Menus

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Organic Life will provide menus 10 days before each month.

Staff Directory

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Central Eagles Soar


A Deeper Dive into our School

We invite you to take a few minutes to take a deeper dive into the walls of our school. We are proud to share with you our celebrations, innovations and student engagements happening each and every day.

62 Stories: Leigh Radnitzer

Celebrating and recognizing our recent retiree Leigh Radnitzer and her amazing career of bringing new technology and engaging learning opportunities to the students at Central Elementary. 

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Supporting the Whole Child

District 62 continues to place an emphasis on supporting the needs of all children especially as it relates to social emotional learning "SEL" and supports.

Video Testimonials

Sharing Our Stories

Celebrating our Success in the Classrooms

We invite you to take a look at the innovation and learning happening inside our school here at Central Elementary.

Ms. Erica Cupuro

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Ms. Jennifer Fox

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Parent & PTO President

Ms. Louisa Lucas

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Math Interventionist

Dr. Michael Amadei

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Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Julie Fogarty

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Director of Curriculum

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By the Numbers


Teachers FTE


Support Staff


Languges Spoken



Data Updated on 5/31/24




Teacher Retention

62 United