Enrollment & Fees

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

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

Overview for 2021-22 Enrollment

Kindergarten (K) and preschool (PK) enrollment for 2021-22 began on March 1, 2021:

The 2021-22 enrollment process for all other grades will begin in May 2021: 

  • Students who will be in grades 1-12 and who do currently attend a District 401 school may begin their 2021-22 enrollment on May 3, 2021. For details, please visit our Enrollment for Returning Students page.
  • Students who will be in grades 1-12 and who do not currently attend a District 401 school may begin their 2021-22 enrollment on May 3, 2021. For details, please visit our Enrollment for New/Transfer 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:

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

The first day of school for 2021-22 is Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021

If You Are Homeless

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 Dr. Kari Smith, Assistant Superintendent for Student Services. She can be reached at smithk@epcusd401.org.

2021-22 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 2021-22 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 2021-22 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 2021-22 Enrollment

For additional details about enrolling in District 401 as a new or returning student, please click the rows below. Reminder: The first day of school for 2021-22 is Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021.

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:

Enrollment FAQ
Enrollment for Kindergarten Students
Enrollment for New/Transfer Students
Enrollment for Returning Students
Enrollment If Homeless
Free & Reduced-Price Meals
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.