This page contains some of the most frequently asked questions about the enrollment and registration process for District 401 students. To see the answer to a particular question, simply click any part of the section containing that question.
As District 401 uses the two terms, they are essentially interchangeable. They both refer to the process of making sure a student is officially part of the District.
All District 401 students, whether new or returning, must enroll or re-enroll each school year.
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.
A student is "returning" if he or she is entering 1st grade or above and DID attend a District 401 school the previous year.
► General Information
Enrollment for new students in grades 1-12 begins in late July each year. Parents or guardians of new students should print out and complete all required District forms and then call their home school for an appointment.
Enrollment for preschool and kindergarten students begins in early May and resumes in late July after a brief summer hiatus. No appointment is necessary.
New students and their parents or guardians can find additional information and all necessary forms for the 2018-19 school year at our New/Transfer Students page.
► Enrollment for New/Transfer Students in Grades 1-12
For the 2018-19 school year, new student enrollment for grades 1-12 begins Tuesday, July 24, 2018.
► Enrollment for Students in Preschool or Kindergarten
Students entering preschool or kindergarten in 2018-19 may enroll at the Early Childhood Center any Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. from Tuesday, May 1, to Friday, June 8, 2018. No appointment is necessary
Enrollment will resume at the ECC on Wednesday, July 25, 2018. No appointment will be necessary — walk in Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. starting July 25.
► General Information
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.
Returning students and their parents or guardians can find additional information as well as all necessary forms for the 2018-19 school year at our Returning Students page.
► Proof of Residency for Returning Students
Proof of residency for 2018-19 returning students must be received by Monday, July 23, 2018, 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 Returning Students
Walk-in, drop-off enrollment for 2018-19 returning students is only available on our open enrollment date: Monday, July 23, 2018, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Elmwood Park High School.
No. All District 401 students must be Elmwood Park residents by the start of the new school year. A student's residence is the same as the person who has legal custody of the student.
A student's proof of residency must be supplied to District 401, or the student will be not be scheduled for classes. This requirement applies to all students, new and returning.
If your student is new to the District during the school year, bring your residency documents to your home school.
If your child is a returning student, all proof of residency must be sent to the District 401 Registrar’s Office, which is located at Elmwood Park High School. Please mail your proof-of-residency documents to:
Kim Kaminski, Registrar
Elmwood Park High School
8201 W. Fullerton Ave.
Elmwood Park, IL 60707
As an alternative to mailing, you may fax your documents to this number:
Or you may scan your documents and email them to the Registrar's Office at this address:
Because Elmwood Park borders several towns, the District is diligent in ensuring that only students who are Elmwood Park residents enroll in its public schools.
Parents/legal custodians must provide documentary proof of residency every year, regardless of how many years they have lived in Elmwood Park.
Yes, District 401 may sometimes question the legitimacy of paperwork. When this occurs, the District has several options that can confirm or disprove residency:
1. The District subscribes to a special database that has access to public records.
2. The District may also use a private investigations company to assist.
In Illinois, it is a Class C misdemeanor to knowingly enroll or attempt to enroll a child in the wrong school district, or to knowingly or willfully present false information regarding the residency of a child for enrollment purposes. See 105 ILCS 5/10-20.12b(e)-(f).
In addition, parents/legal custodians are billed for each day of non-resident tuition.
No. A student is new if he or she did NOT attend any District 401 school the previous school year OR if the student is entering preschool or kindergarten.
Yes. Enrollment or re-enrollment in District 401 requires the payment of school fees. The amount for each school is set by the District 401 Board of Education. A complete list of school fees for 2018-19 is available here.
Full payment for students in grades K-12 is due Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2018. Monthly payments are available for pre-K students.
New students in K-12 who arrive after the due date have 30 days to pay their fees after they enroll in the District. As mentioned above, monthly payments are available for pre-K students.
No. Any homeless child shall be immediately admitted, even if the child or child's parent/guardian is unable to produce records normally required to establish residency.
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 school’s attendance area may attend that school.
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.
► McKinney-Vento Definition
As defined by Section 725 of the McKinney-Vento Act, the term "homeless children and youth" means individuals who lack a fixed, regular and adequate nighttime residence. This includes:
Children and youths who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason; are living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, or camping grounds due to the lack of alternative adequate accommodations; are living in emergency or transitional shelters; are abandoned in hospitals; or are awaiting foster care placement;
Children and youths who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings (within the meaning of Section 103(a)(2)(C) of the statute);
Children and youths who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings;
Migratory children (as such term is defined in Section 1309 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act of 1965) who qualify as homeless for the purposes of this subtitle because the children are living in circumstances described in the three previous clauses.
► IEHCA Definition
As provided in the Illinois Education for Homeless Children Act (105 ILCS 45/1-5), a homeless person, child or youth includes, but is not limited to, any of the following: An individual who lacks a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime place of abode, or an individual who has a primary nighttime place of abode that is:
A supervised publicly or privately operated shelter designed to provide temporary living accommodations (including welfare hotels, congregate shelters, and transitional housing);
An institution that provides a temporary residence for individuals intended to be institutionalized; or
A public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings.