Viola Nelson School is one of the six schools in East Maine School District 63, which serves northern Niles, western Morton Grove, eastern Des Plaines and surrounding communities.
Nelson's students range from kindergarten to sixth grade, and the school feeds into Gemini Junior High School.
Terry Baranowski and Dan Farinosi are serving as interim co-principals for the 2010-2011 school year as the district searches to replace the former principal, Larry Mishkin.
Baranowski described the school as being very ethnically diverse. It's a mix of students of Asian, European and Hispanic origin, with many speaking a language other than English in the home.
- Hours: Mon-Fri, 7:30am - 4pm
- Handicap Accessible: There is one level and no stairs.
- Founding Date: 1960
- Number of students: 600
- Male-to-female ratio: 50:50
- Public/Private: Public
- Financial aid: No
- Religious affiliation: None.
- Acceptance rate (%): 100
- Graduation rate (%): 100
- Accreditation/licenses: Illinois State Board of Education.
- Student-to-teacher ratio: 25:1
- Parking: Free lot
- Number of faculty: 75
- How engaged is the school with the community?: Interim Co-Principal Terry Baranowski described the school's PTO as active in the community, inviting the public in for open houses.
- Montessori: No
- Grade levels: K-6
- Special education: Yes
- Features: Auditorium/stage, Computer lab, Infirmary, Library, Sports facilities
- Sports teams: The Eagles.