Enrollment Requirement


All District 401 students, whether new or returning, must enroll or re-enroll in the District each school year. This process is also known as “registration.” 

Our enrollment/registration procedures are governed by Section 7:50 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual.

The enrollment process includes payment of required school fees.


Definition of “New Student” 


A student is "new" if he or she did NOT attend a District 401 school the previous school year or if the student is entering preschool or kindergarten.

A student entering preschool or kindergarten is considered "new" even if he or she attended the Early Childhood Center the previous year.


Definition of “Returning Student”


A student is "returning" if he or she is entering 1st grade or above and DID attend a District 401 school the previous school year.


Residency Requirement


All District 401 students must be Elmwood Park residents by the start of the school year. A student's residence is the same as the person who has legal custody of the student.

The District's residency requirement and related procedures are governed by Section 7:60 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual.


Proof of Residency


To prove residency, families must submit the District’s Proof of Residency Form. This form can be obtained here, and it requires three supporting documents. See the form for details.

A student's proof of residency must be supplied to District 401, or the student will be not be scheduled for classes.


Returning Students


Enrollment and fee information will be sent to current students in early May.

Students in grades K-7 will receive the enrollment packet in their "Friday folders." Students in grades 8-11 will receive the enrollment packet by mail.

Proof of residency for returning students must be received by July 24, 2017, or your student will not be scheduled for classes. 

Please email, fax or mail your documents to us and pay your fees on the webstore.

Walk-in, drop-off enrollment for 2017-18 returning students is only available on our open enrollment date: Monday, July 24, 2017, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Elmwood Park High School.

Returning students and their parents or guardians can find additional information as well as all necessary forms for the 2017-18 school year at our Returning Students page.


New/Transfer Students 


Enrollment for new students in grades 1-12 begins in late July each year. Enrollment for preschool and kindergarten students begins several months earlier, in the spring. A student's proof of residency must be supplied to District 401, or the student will be not be scheduled for classes.

For the 2017-18 school year, new student enrollment for grades 1-12 begins July 25, 2017. 

Students entering preschool or kindergarten in 2017-18 may enroll at the Early Childhood Center any Tuesday or Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. from May 1 to June 8, 2017. Enrollment will resume at the ECC on July 25.

The parents or guardians of new students must print out and complete all required District forms and then call their home school for an appointment. 

New students and their parents or guardians can find additional information as well as all necessary forms for the 2017-18 school year at our New/Transfer Students page.


Homeless Students


Any homeless child shall be immediately admitted to District 401, even if the child or child's parent/guardian is unable to produce records normally required to establish residency. 

District 401’s liaison for homeless children is Director of Student Services Dr. Kari Smith. If you have questions about enrolling a homeless child in District 401, Ms. Smith can be reached by phone at 708-583-5836 or by email at this address.

As stated in Section 6:140 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual, a homeless child may attend the District 401 school that the child attended when permanently housed or in which the child was last enrolled. A homeless child living in any District 401 school’s attendance area may attend that school.

A “homeless child” is defined as provided in the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act and the Illinois Education for Homeless Children Act. See our Enrollment If Homeless page for more information.


Alternative School/Co-op Students


Enrollment/registration and payment information will be mailed to District students who attend alternative schools. 

If you have not received your materials, please contact Ms. Nancy Lasselle in the District Office. She can be reached by phone at 708-583-5831 or by email at this address


School Fee Requirement


Enrollment in District 401 requires the payment of school fees. The amount for each school is set by the District 401 Board of Education. Additional information provided in the sections below and on our School Fees page. 

Families are expected to pay their fees unless a fee waiver is obtained. A $30 fee will be assessed for all returned and NSF checks.


Definition of “School Fees”


The terms “school fees” and “fees” mean any monetary charge collected by District 401 from a student or the parent(s)/guardian(s) of a student as a prerequisite for the student’s participation in any curricular or extracurricular program of the district. 

The District does not impose a “fee” when it requires that a student provide his or her own ordinary supplies of materials (e.g., pencil, paper, notebooks), which are necessary to participate in any curricular or extracurricular program. 


School Fees


School fees for the 2017-18 school year have been set as follows:

► Pre-Kindergarten: $3,000 (monthly payments available) 

► Kindergarten: $170 

► Grades 1-8 (John Mills, Elmwood, Elm): $200

► Elmwood Park High School: $350

► Co-op/Alternative School: $50


Other Fees


Other fees for the 2017-18 school year include but are not limited to the following:

► EPHS Senior Graduation Fee: $60 (this fee is NOT eligible to be waived; the graduation fee is preloaded to your student’s webstore account)

► EPHS Advanced Placement Test Fee: $85 each (only for students enrolled in AP classes; fees will be loaded into student accounts over winter break)

► Driver’s Education Behind-the-Wheel Fee: $275 (sophomore behind the wheel)


Payment Forms


► Returning Students: Fee Schedule and Payment Form

► New/Transfer Students: Fee Schedule and Payment Form 


Due Date for Fees


School fees along with other monies due to the school (lost books, book fines, etc.) typically must be paid in full by early in the fall semester. 

For the 2017-18 school year, the due date is Sept. 1, 2017.  

New students who enter District 401 after the due date will have 30 days to pay all fees after they have enrolled in the District.


How to Pay 


Use this link for information about how to pay student fees, including how to pay online via District 401’s webstore


Online Payment (Webstore) 


Use this link to access District 401’s online payment system


Fee Waivers


Use this link for information about applying for a fee waiver

District 401's procedures related to the waiver of student fees are governed by Section 4:140 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual.


Fee Refunds


If a student leaves the District after paying all required fees, the following refund policy applies: 

► 75 percent refund if the student leaves by the end of the first week of school 

► 50 percent if the student leaves by the end of the second week

► 25 percent if the student leaves by the end of the third week

► Zero if the student leaves after the end of the third week