Enrollment & Fees


NOTE: This page has been updated with forms and information for the 2020-21 school year.


All District 401 students, whether new or returning, must enroll in the District each school year. The enrollment process is also known as "registration." This three-step process involves:

► Proof of residency
► Payment of school fees
► Submission of consent forms — Acceptable Use, Photo Release, District Policies

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


Overview for 2020-21 Enrollment


Kindergarten and preschool (Pk3 & PK4) enrollment for 2020-21 begins the week of Feb. 10, 2020. For details, see below and visit our Enrollment for New/Transfer Students page. Please note that all students enrolling in District 401 kindergarten and preschool are considered "new" for purposes of enrollment.

Returning students in grades 1-12 may begin their 2020-21 enrollment on May 4, 2020. For details, see below and visit our Enrollment for Returning Students page.

District 401 public schools serve residents of Elmwood Park only. You must prove residency to enroll your child in one of our four schools: *

► Students in grades 9-12 attend Elmwood Park High School.
► Students in grades 6-8 attend Elm Middle School.
► Students in grades K-5 south of the tracks attend Elmwood Elementary School.
► Students in grades K-5 north of the tracks attend John Mills Elementary School.
► Students in preschool (PK3 & PK4) attend John Mills Elementary School.

Please note that 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 for Student Services Dr. Kari Smith at smithk@epcusd401.org.

The Early Childhood Center will close after the 2019-20 school year.


Key Dates for 2020-21 Enrollment


Please note the following dates if your child will attend a District 401 school in 2020-21:

WEEK OF FEB. 10, 2020
Enrollment begins for kindergarten and preschool. Please see specific dates below for kindergarten enrollment.

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12, 2020
Kindergarten enrollment is held at Elmwood & John Mills main offices during parent-teacher conferences, 3-7 p.m. Also during conferences, K enrollment will be held at the ECC for parents whose children currently attend ECC preschool.
See "2020-21 Kindergarten Enrollment" below for more information.

THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 2020
Kindergarten enrollment is held at Elmwood & John Mills main offices during parent-teacher conferences, 3-7 p.m. Also during conferences, K enrollment will be held at the ECC for parents whose children currently attend ECC preschool.
See "2020-21 Kindergarten Enrollment" below for more information.

► TUESDAY, FEB. 25, 2020
Preschool screening for children who will be 3 or 4 in 2020-21 is held at the ECC, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. To make an appointment for this date or Feb. 26, call 708-670-0836. For a screening on any other date, call Special Education Coordinator Ms. Pamela Stutzman at 708-583-5852.
See "Enrollment Information for New Students" below for more information.

► WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, 2020
Preschool screening for children who will be 3 or 4 in 2020-21 is held at the ECC, 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. To make an appointment for this date or Feb. 25, call 708-670-0836. For a screening on any other date, call Special Education Coordinator Ms. Pamela Stutzman at 708-583-5852.
See "Enrollment Information for New Students" below for more information.

TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020
Kindergarten enrollment is held at Elmwood & John Mills main offices, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. 
See "2020-21 Kindergarten Enrollment" below for more information.

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2020
All students enrolled for kindergarten by this date will receive free school spirit wear.

MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020
Kindergarten Kickoff Event is held at Elmwood & John Mills, 3:30-6:30 p.m. This event is for families who have completed their registration and whose proof of residency is confirmed.
See "Kindergarten Kickoff Event" below for more information.

MONDAY, MAY 4, 2020
Returning students in grades 1-12 may send in their proof of residency and start paying their school fees.

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020
All residency documents for returning students grades 1-12 are due.

MONDAY, JULY 20, 2020
Walk in, drop off enrollment ("open enrollment") is available from 1 to 7 p.m. at Elmwood Park High School for returning students grades 1-12 only.

TUESDAY, JULY 21, 2020
Enrollment begins for new students in grades 1-12.

WEDNESDAY, AUG. 12, 2020
First day of school for students.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 1, 2020
School fees and fee waivers are due. *

* This date applies to all fees except for preschool tuition payment, which can be made monthly 10 times a year. New students in K-12 who enter the District after the Sept. 1 due date will have 30 days to pay all fees after they have enrolled.


Enrolling in District 401


As mentioned above, enrollment applies to all D401 students each year, whether new or returning. Please note again that enrollment is a three-step process:

(1) Proof of residency
(2) Payment of school fees
(3) Submission of consent forms

New students and their parents/guardians can find information about these steps and all necessary enrollment forms for the 2020-21 school year at Enrollment for New/Transfer Students.

A student is "new" for 2020-21 if he or she did not attend a District 401 school the previous school year or if the student is entering preschool (PK3 or PK4) or kindergarten (K). All PK and K students are considered new even if they attended District 401 preschool the previous year.

Returning students and their parents/guardians can find enrollment information and all necessary forms for the 2020-21 school year at Enrollment for Returning Students

A student is "returning" for 2020-21 if he or she is entering 1st grade or above and did attend a District 401 school the previous school year.

The first day of school for 2020-21 is Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020


2020-21 Kindergarten Enrollment


Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1, 2020, to register for kindergarten. Any family needing to register can do so at their child's future school building.

As noted above, kindergarten students in District 401 will attend Elmwood Elementary if they live south of the railroad tracks or John Mills Elementary if they live north of the tracks.

Registration for full-day or half-day kindergarten will be held on the following dates:

► WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12, 2020
3-7 p.m., Main Office, Elmwood & John Mills. K enrollment will also be held at the ECC during this time (parent-teacher conferences) for parents whose children currently attend ECC preschool. 

► THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 2020
3-7 p.m., Main Office, Elmwood & John Mills. K enrollment will also be held at the ECC during this time (parent-teacher conferences) for parents whose children currently attend ECC preschool. 

► TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020
8 a.m.-4 p.m., Main Office, Elmwood & John Mills.

Regardless of where you go for your child's K enrollment, you should bring: 

Students who are enrolled before May 1, 2020, will receive free school spirit wear!


Kindergarten Kickoff Event


Once your future K student is registered, it's time to get ready for our Kindergarten Kickoff Event!

This event will be held on Monday, May, 4, 2020, at Elmwood and John Mills. RSVP information will be shared with families after proof of residency is confirmed.

Families going to the event will sign up for a 30-minute session to be held between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m. During that 30-minute block, parents will attend a "Kindergarten 101" informational session while students are screened in math, literacy, social-emotional learning and English learner services (as needed).

The information gained from the screenings will be used to place students in classes for the 2020-21 school year. The screenings will also be used to qualify students for our K-8 Summer Learning Academy.

Also at the event, students will receive free school spirit wear as well as summer-friendly learning activities that are aligned to kindergarten priority standards.


2020-21 School Fees 


Enrollment in District 401 requires the payment of school fees. The amount for each school is set by the D401 Board of Education. 

School fees for the 2020-21 school year have been set as follows:

► Pre-Kindergarten: $3,000 (monthly payments available)
► Pre-Kindergarten (special ed): $50
► Kindergarten Half Day: $170
► Kindergarten Full Day-Grade 8 (John Mills, Elmwood, Elm): $200
► Elmwood Park High School: $350
► Co-op/Alternative School: $50

Other fees for the 2020-21 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
(This is only for students enrolled in AP classes; fees will be loaded into student accounts over winter break)

► Driver's Education Fee: $275
(This is for sophomore Behind-the-Wheel)

Families are expected to pay their fees unless a fee waiver is obtained. Please note that preschool tuition cannot be waived, although monthly payments can be made.

A $30 fee and loss of check-writing privileges will be assessed for all returned checks.


More Information About 2020-21 Enrollment


For additional details about enrolling in District 401 as a new or returning student, please click the sections below. Reminder: The first day of school for 2020-21 is Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.
 

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 preschool in District 401 the previous year.

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

All District 401 students must be Elmwood Park residents by the start of the school year. For 2020-21, this means students must be Elmwood Park residents effective Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.

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.

All families, whether new or returning, must submit a Proof of Residency Form. See the next section below, "Proof of Residency," for more information.

Families must submit District 401's Proof of Residency Form. This form can be obtained here, and it requires three supporting documents. See the form itself for details.

For 2020-21, a returning student's proof of residency must be supplied to District 401 by Monday, July 20, 2020, or the student will be not be scheduled for classes.

All new students must enroll in the District before they can attend a D401 school. Enrollment is a three-step process:

► Proof of residency
► Payment of fees
► Submission of consent forms

New students and their parents/guardians can find information about these steps and all necessary enrollment forms for 2020-21 at Enrollment for New/Transfer Students.

The first day of school for 2020-21 is Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.


KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS


Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to register for kindergarten.

Please note that the Early Childhood Center will close permanently at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Beginning in August 2020, K students who live south of the railroad tracks will attend Elmwood Elementary School, and K students who live north of the tracks will attend John Mills Elementary School.

Registration for full-day or half-day kindergarten will be held on the following dates:

► WEDNESDAY, FEB. 12, 2020
3-7 p.m., Main Office, Elmwood & John Mills. Parents should go to their child's future school building. Kindergarten enrollment will also be held at the ECC during this time (parent-teacher conferences) for parents whose children currently attend ECC preschool.

► THURSDAY, FEB. 13, 2020
3-7 p.m., Main Office, Elmwood & John Mills. Parents should go to their child's future school building. Kindergarten enrollment will also be held at the ECC during this time (parent-teacher conferences) for parents whose children currently attend ECC preschool.

► TUESDAY, MARCH 17, 2020
8 a.m.-4 p.m., Main Office, Elmwood & John Mills. Parents should go to their child's future school building.

Regardless of where you go for your child's K enrollment, you should bring: 

Students who are enrolled before May 1, 2020, will receive free school spirit wear!

KINDERGARTEN KICKOFF EVENT
Once your student is registered, it's time to get ready for our Kindergarten Kickoff Event!

  • This event will be held on Monday, May, 4, 2020, at Elmwood and John Mills. RSVP information will be shared with families after proof of residency is confirmed.
  • Families going to the event will sign up for a 30-minute session to be held between 3:30 and 6:30 p.m.
  • During that 30-minute block, parents will attend a "Kindergarten 101" informational session while students are screened in math, literacy, social-emotional learning and English learner services (as needed).
  • The information gained from the screenings will be used to place students in classes for the 2020-21 school year.
  • The screenings will also be used to qualify students for our K-8 Summer Learning Academy.

Also at the event, students will receive free school spirit wear as well as summer-friendly learning activities that are aligned to kindergarten priority standards.


PRESCHOOL STUDENTS


Children who are 3 or 4 years old may register for preschool. Morning or afternoon sessions are offered.

As noted above, the Early Childhood Center will close permanently at the end of 2019-20.

Beginning in August 2020, all preschool (PK3 & PK4) students will attend John Mills Elementary School.

When to Enroll for 2020-21
Preschool enrollment is ongoing. Families may enroll their child for PK once they are 3 years old. Spaces are limited for our tuition and Preschool for All (PFA) spots.

Where to Enroll for 2020-21
Currently all preschool enrollment will continue to be held at the ECC. Parents do not need to make an appointment; they may come in during school hours from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Preschool Entry Screenings
Preschool entry screenings are conducted annually in preparation for the next school year. The purpose of the preschool screening is to identify children who may benefit from a range of programs and services provided to preschoolers in our District.

  • If you have a child who will be 3 or 4 years old during the 2020-21 school year, please attend a preschool screening.
  • Preschool screenings for 2020-21 are ongoing.
  • Screenings have been scheduled for 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25, and Wednesday, Feb. 26, at the ECC.
  • If you are unable to attend a screening on one of those dates, please contact Special Education Coordinator Ms. Pamela Stutzman at 708-583-5852 to set one up.

It is preferable to wait for the screening results before enrolling your child in preschool. Through our screenings some families may be found eligible for our PFA grant-funded spots (which are limited), while others may not be found eligible but may choose to enroll as a tuition-paying student.


 NEW STUDENTS IN GRADES 1-12


Enrollment for new students in grades 1-12 begins in late July each year. This year's starting date is Tuesday, July 21, 2020.

Parents or guardians of new students should complete all required District forms and call their home school for an appointment.

Reminder for new students in grades 1-12:

► Grades 9-12 attend Elmwood Park High School.
► Grades 6-8 attend Elm Middle School.
► Grades 1-5 south of the railroad tracks attend Elmwood Elementary School.
► Grades 1-5 north of the railroad tracks attend John Mills Elementary School.

The first day of school for 2020-21 is Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.

All returning students must re-enroll in District 401 in order to attend a District school again the following year. Enrollment is a three-step process:

► Proof of residency
► Payment of fees
► Submission of consent forms

Information and forms concerning these steps will be sent to current students each spring.

Returning students and their parents/guardians can find additional enrollment information as well as all necessary forms for 2020-21 at Enrollment for Returning Students.

The first day of school for 2020-21 is Wednesday, Aug. 12, 2020.


PROOF OF RESIDENCY FOR RETURNING STUDENTS


All proof of residency documents for 2020-21 returning students must be received by Monday, July 20, 2020, or your student will not be scheduled for classes. Please email, fax or mail your residency documents to us. You may pay your fees on the D401 webstore.


WALK-IN, DROP-OFF ENROLLMENT FOR RETURNING STUDENTS


An opportunity for walk-in, drop-off enrollment for 2020-21 returning students is available on our open enrollment date in late July. This year's open enrollment will be held from 1 to 7 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020 at Elmwood Park High School.

Please note that this is the ONLY opportunity for walk-in, drop-off enrollment that returning students will have for 2020-21. To avoid long lines, please email, fax or mail your documents to us and pay your fees online via the D401 webstore.

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, Dr. 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.

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.

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 2020-21 is available here.

Full payment for students in grades K-12 is due Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020. Monthly payments are available for preschool 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 preschool students.

Waivers are available for most school fees if you meet the income eligibility requirements. Please note, however, that preschool tuition cannot be waived.

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 for the 2020-21 school year have been set as follows:

► Pre-Kindergarten: $3,000 (monthly payments available)
► Pre-Kindergarten (special ed): $50
► Kindergarten Half Day: $170
► Kindergarten Full Day-Grade 8 (John Mills, Elmwood, Elm): $200
► Elmwood Park High School: $350
► Co-op/Alternative School: $50

Other fees for the 2020-21 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
(This is only for students enrolled in AP classes; fees will be loaded into student accounts over winter break)

► Driver's Education Fee: $275
(This is for sophomore Behind-the-Wheel)

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 2020-21 school year, the due date for students in grades K-12 to make full payment is Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020

Preschool tuition cannot be waived, but the amount can be paid in 10 monthly installments of $300, due on the first of each month.

Returning students may begin paying their school fees in early May. The starting date for 2020-21 payments is Monday, May 4, 2020.

New students in grades K-12 who enter District 401 after the Sept. 1 due date will have 30 days to pay all fees after they have enrolled in the District (unless they are eligible for fee waivers). Preschool tuition cannot be waived, but the amount can be paid in monthly installments, due on the first of each month.

You can pay by mail with a check or money order, or you can pay online with a credit or debit card via the District's webstore. (In the case of returning students, school fees have been preloaded to their webstore accounts.) 

With either method you can pay by installments as long as your total amount is received by the final due date: Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

If your child is a new student, you also have the option of paying your 2020-21 fees in person at your home school.

If your child is a returning student, you have the option of paying your 2020-21 school fees in person with cash, credit or debit card, money order or check during the open enrollment day scheduled for Monday, July 20, 2020, from 1 to 7 p.m. at Elmwood Park High School. Please bring copies of your proofs of residency and all required forms with you.

For more information about payment methods, visit the School Fees page on the District 401 home site.

NOTE: Although returning students have the option of enrolling and paying in person on open enrollment day, we recommend that you mail, scan or fax in your residency documents and pay your fees online.

Use this link to access District 401's online payment system — aka, the D401 webstore.

Use this link for information about applying for a fee waiver. Please note that preschool tuition ($3,000) cannot be waived, although monthly payments can be used.

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.

If a student leaves D401 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

For more information about fee payments, visit our School Fees and School Fees FAQ pages.


Additional Pages About Enrollment & Fees


We invite you to learn more about our enrollment procedures and school fees by visiting the remainder of the D401 home site's "Enrollment & Fees" pages, including:

Ecollect
Enrollment FAQ
Enrollment for New/Transfer Students
Enrollment for Returning Students
Enrollment If Homeless
Residency Verification
School Fees
School Fees FAQ
School Fees Waiver

If you still have any questions about enrollment or fees, please contact our registrar, Ms. Kim Kaminski, at registration@epcusd401.org.