Community Consolidated School District 181

About CHMS

Clarendon Hills Middle School, home of the Eagles, is proud to be a U.S. Department of Education National Blue Ribbon School. Our school serves 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students and is consistently ranked as one of the top middle schools in Illinois.

We pride ourselves on being a student-centered, forward-thinking learning environment. CHMS is an incredible place to work and learn and our students, staff and community create a special, unique, and welcoming environment

Clarendon Hills Middle School opened August 28, 2000. Walter A. Kistenfeger, Jr. served as the school's first principal, having previously led Hinsdale Middle School. The construction was funded by passage of a referendum in November 1997.

A Letter from Dr. Brown

Dear CHMS Community,

It has been my pleasure to have been able to call District 181 home since 2016. It was then I moved to Illinois after having spent my entire life living in Northern Virginia. The warm welcome I received in 2016 has not been forgotten and continues to represent the CHMS community that I'm proud be still be part of today.

I believe in the education of the Whole Child (Academic, Social, Emotional). I applied this belief in my 10 years teaching high school social studies and in my previous administrative roles. At my core I can't understate the value of relationships and feel the best answers and solutions come collaboratively.

As CHMS Principal, my goal remains to have all students grow academically, socially, and emotionally. To do this we work together to develop a love of learning for each CHMS student.

I look forward to continuing to work together with you to achieve these goals.


Dr. Levi Brown
CHMS Principal

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Peer Leadership will meet after school today in room 120 for our last meeting of the school year! See you then. 

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CHMS Administration

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Principal, CHMS
Dr. Levi Brown

Assistant Principal, CHMS
Erick Jones

Pupil Services Administrator
Melissa Capizzi

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D181 Handbook

District 181 Student Handbook

The District 181 handbook (Elementary Handbook and Middle School Handbook) provides useful information about District 181’s policies, procedures, resources, and expectations for students. Please take some time to review the handbook with your child(ren) and reference it throughout the year.