Enrollment for New/Transfer Students


NOTE: This page has been updated for the 2019-20 school year.


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." 

Enrollment includes payment of required school fees.

This page describes the process of enrollment and fee payment for new students, including transfers. Links to all necessary documents for this process are located in the sections below.


Definition of "New Student"


A student is a "new student" 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.

If your student is entering 1st grade or above and attended a District 401 school the previous year, including one of our alternative schools, please see our Returning Students page.


If Your Child Is a New Student


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
► Consents

Information about these steps is located in the sections below. 

If your child will be entering preschool or kindergarten in 2019-20, please start by reading the section titled "Instructions for Preschool & Kindergarten Students."

If your child will be entering any grade other than kindergarten or preschool in 2019-20, please start by reading the section titled "Instructions for New Students in Grades 1-12."

After reading the instructions that apply to your child, please consult the remaining sections below for access to forms and documents that pertain to your child's enrollment, beginning with "District 401 Forms & Documents."
 

Students must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to register for kindergarten. Children who are 3 or 4 years old may register for preschool. Morning or afternoon sessions of kindergarten and preschool are offered.

If your child will be entering kindergarten or preschool in 2019-20, please download and complete the required District 401 forms contained elsewhere on this page in the section titled "District 401 Forms & Documents."

Then come to the Early Childhood Center any Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. to complete the enrollment process. No appointment is necessary.

ECC will be open for enrollment through Wednesday, June 12, and will reopen to the public on Wednesday, July 24.

The first day of school for 2019-20 is Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019. Please submit written requests for morning or afternoon classes prior to Wednesday, May 1, 2019.


RESIDENCY


Only students who are Elmwood Park residents may attend District 401 schools, except as provided in Section 7:60 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual or in Illinois law. A student's residence is the same as the person who has legal custody of the student.

When you come to the ECC, remember to bring:

► A certified copy of your child's birth certificate
► Three proofs of Elmwood Park residency
► A custody agreement (if applicable)


PAYMENT OF FEES


In addition to proof of residency, enrollment requires the payment of school fees. A link to the 2019-20 Fee Schedule and Payment Form for new students is available here and in the section titled "District 401 Forms & Documents." 

Kindergarten is a District 401 program. The 2019-20 school fee is $170. 

If your child is enrolled in kindergarten by the first day of school (Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019), full payment will be due by Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. Kindergarten students who enter D401 after the due date will have 30 days to pay all fees after they have enrolled in the District.

You can pay in person at the school, by mail or on the D401 webstore once we have set up your student's account. To qualify for a fee waiver, you must submit the Fee Waiver Application, a 2018 tax return and other relevant documents.

Unlike kindergarten, preschool is a tuition program. The fee for preschool in 2019-20 is $3,000. Preschool tuition cannot be waived, but the amount can be paid in 10 monthly installments of $300, due on the first of each month.

For more information, see our School Fees and School Fees Waiver pages.


CONSENT FORMS


Enrollment also includes submission of the following consent forms:

► Digital Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) Contract
► Photo Release Consent Form
► District Policies for Student Handbooks Sign-Off Sheet  

These forms must be completed on the Ecollect parent portal in PowerSchool. Your school will assist you in setting up a PowerSchool account. Once you are in your account, click on "Ecollect Forms" and follow the directions.


CHECKLIST


Please use this checklist to keep track of all the forms and documents required when enrolling your new student.


CONTACT INFORMATION & SCHOOL DOCUMENTS


For ECC contact information as well as 2019-20 documents specific to the school, please click the section elsewhere on this page titled "Early Childhood Center | Contact Information & School Documents."


OPEN HOUSE & KINDERGARTEN SCREENINGS


Each spring the ECC holds an open house for students who will be enrolling in kindergarten and preschool for the following school year. All new students and their parents are invited. The 2019 New Student Open House is scheduled for 5 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at the ECC.

In addition, kindergarten entry screenings are conducted each spring. The ECC's screening tool is the Kindergarten Readiness Test. These 30-minute assessments provide data for individualizing each child's learning experiences.

Screenings for children who have enrolled in kindergarten for 2019-20 but who are not currently in ECC's preschool program will take place Thursday, April 18, and Tuesday, April 23. Call the ECC at 708-583-5860 for more information.


QUESTIONS DURING SUMMER BREAK


Although the ECC will be closed from June 13 to July 23, the Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your enrollment questions. Contact:

Kim Kaminski, Registrar
708-583-6479 (phone)
708-452-0732 (fax)
registration@epcusd401.org

If your child will be entering grade 1 or above, please download and complete the required District 401 forms contained elsewhere on this page in the section titled "District 401 Forms & Documents."

Then contact your home school for an appointment. Your home school is …

Elmwood Elementary if your student is in grades 1-6 and you live south of the railroad tracks
John Mills Elementary if your student is in grades 1-6 and you live north of the railroad tracks
Elm Middle if your student is in grades 7-8
Elmwood Park High if your student is in grades 9-12

New student enrollment for grades 1-12 begins Tuesday, July 23, 2019.

The first day of school for 2019-20 is Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.


RESIDENCY


Only students who are Elmwood Park residents may attend District 401 schools, except as provided in Section 7:60 of the Board of Education's District Policy Manual or in Illinois law. A student's residence is the same as the person who has legal custody of the student.

You will need to complete the Proof of Residency Form (one per family) and provide three proofs of Elmwood Park residency.


PAYMENT OF FEES


In addition to proof of residency, enrollment requires the payment of school fees. A link to the 2019-20 Fee Schedule and Payment Form for new students is available here and in the section titled "District 401 Forms & Documents." 

The fees for Elmwood Elementary, John Mills Elementary and Elm Middle are $200 per school. The fee for Elmwood Park High is $350. The fee for co-op/alternative school is $50.

If your child is enrolled by the first day of school (Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019), full payment is due by Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019. 

New students who enter D401 after the due date will have 30 days to pay all fees after they have enrolled in the District.

You can pay in person at your home school, by mail or on the D401 webstore once we have set up your student's account. To qualify for a fee waiver, you must submit the Fee Waiver Application, a 2018 tax return and other relevant documents.

For more information, see our School Fees and School Fees Waiver pages.


CONSENT FORMS


Enrollment also includes submission of the following consent forms:

► Digital Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) Contract
► Photo Release Consent Form
► District Policies for Student Handbooks Sign-Off Sheet  

These forms must be completed on the Ecollect parent portal in PowerSchool. Your school will assist you in setting up a PowerSchool account. Once you are in your account, click on "Ecollect Forms" and follow the directions.


CHECKLIST


Please use this checklist to keep track of all the forms and documents required when enrolling your new student.


CONTACT INFORMATION & SCHOOL DOCUMENTS


For Elmwood Elementary, John Mills Elementary, Elm Middle or EPHS contact information and 2019-20 documents specific to those schools, please click the relevant sections located elsewhere on this page. The sections will begin with the school name and will include "Contact Information & School Documents" in the title.


QUESTIONS DURING SUMMER BREAK


Regardless of which school your child will attend, the Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your enrollment questions. Contact:

Kim Kaminski, Registrar
708-583-6479 (phone)
708-452-0732 (fax)
registration@epcusd401.org

The following documents are for new students. Please read the comments in parentheses for more information about each item.


CHECKLIST


► New Student Checklist of Documents
(Lists all documents that must be provided to District 401)


CONSENTS


► Digital Acceptable Use Policy (AUP) Contract
(Required of all new students; to be completed in Ecollect — this is a spare copy)

► District Policies for Student Handbooks | Sign-Off Sheet in English
(Required of all new students; to be completed in Ecollect — this is a spare copy)

► District Policies for Student Handbooks | Sign-Off Sheet in Polish
(Required of all new students, optional translation; to be completed in Ecollect — this is a spare copy)

► District Policies for Student Handbooks | Sign-off sheet in Spanish
(Required of all new students, optional translation; to be completed in Ecollect — this is a spare copy)

► Photo Release Consent Form
(Required of all new students; to be completed in Ecollect — this is a spare copy)


ECOLLECT


► Ecollect Initial Registration Directions
(Ecollect will be used for completing the District AUP Contract, District Policies for Student Handbooks Sign-Off Sheet and Photo Release Consent Form)

► Ecollect Section Instructions
(These instructions walk you through each section of Ecollect)


FEES & PAYMENT


► Fee Schedule and Payment Form 
(Lists fees for all District schools)


MEDICAL


► Child Health Examination Form | State of Illinois
(Required of all new students)

► Dental Examination Form | State of Illinois
(Required for kindergarten, 2nd-grade and 6th-grade students)

► Eye Examination Form | State of Illinois
(Required of all new students except preschool)

School Entrance Health Letter | D401 Superintendent Dr. Wade
(Required reading for parents; lists all required medical exams and immunizations) 

► Student Medical Information Form
(Required of all new students)


MISCELLANEOUS 


► Band Boosters Membership Form
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► District Calendar for 2019-20 School Year 
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)


RESIDENCY


► District 401 Proof of Residency Form 
(This must be returned by all students; three supporting documents are needed as well)

► Letter of Residence from Landlord
(To be used as evidence of residency when a signed lease is unavailable; other supporting documents will also be required to establish residency)


STUDENT DEMOGRAPHIC DATA


► Home Language Survey | English 
(To be filled out at the school upon enrollment)

► Home Language Survey | Polish 
(To be filled out at the school upon enrollment)

► Home Language Survey | Spanish 
(To be filled out at the school upon enrollment)

► Military Children Registration Form
(Required of all new students; to be used to help identify Illinois military families)

► Race and Ethnicity Data Standards Form | ISBE/U.S. Education Department
(Required of all new students)

► Student Data Form
(Required of all new students)


TRANSFERS


► Student Transfer Form | Illinois Board of Education
(To be filled out by the student's prior school district)


If you are looking for a document or form that pertains to a specific school, please scroll to the individual school sections located elsewhere on this page.

Students attend the Early Childhood Center if they are in preschool (PK3 or PK4) or kindergarten.

Please note that District 401's first day of school for 2019-20 is Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.

If you have questions about ECC enrollment, please use the following information to reach the school's enrollment contact person: 

► School Address | 4 Conti Parkway, Elmwood Park, IL 60707
► Contact Person | Ms. Dina Koutroumanes
► Email | koutroumanesd@epcusd401.org
► Phone | 708-583-5860
► Fax | 708-583-5899
► School Website | www.epcusd401.org/ecc

The following forms and documents apply to 2019-20 ECC students. Please read the comments in parentheses for more information about each item.

► ECC Class Times
(Please download for easy reference)

ECC Copy of Federal Poverty Guidelines
(For use with ECC Data Collection Form)

ECC Data Collection Form
(Required of all preschool students)

ECC PTO Membership Form
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► ECC Request to Release School Records
(Needed only if student is transferring to ECC mid-year or later)

ECC's main office will be closed for summer break beginning on Thursday, June 13, and will reopen on Wednesday, July 24.

The Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your enrollment questions. Contact:

Kim Kaminski, Registrar
708-583-6479 (phone)
708-452-0732 (fax)
registration@epcusd401.org

Students attend Elmwood Elementary School if they are in grades 1-6 and live south of the railroad tracks. 

Please note that District 401's first day of school for 2019-20 is Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.

To set up an appointment to enroll your student, please use the following information to reach Elmwood's enrollment contact person:

► School Address | 2319 N. 76th Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707
► Contact Person | Ms. Jessica Solis
► Email | solisj@epcusd401.org
► Phone | 708-452-3558
► Fax | 708-452-5567
► School Website | www.epcusd401.org/elmwood

The following forms and documents apply to 2019-20 Elmwood students. Please read the comments in parentheses for more information about each item.

► Elementary School Student Questionnaire
(Required of all students, grades 1-6)

► Elmwood PATT Forms
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► Elmwood Release of Information
(Required of all new students)

► Elmwood Supply List 
(Covers all grades, 1-6)

► Elmwood Yearbook Form
(Link for ordering yearbook online)

Elmwood's main office will be closed for summer break beginning on Thursday, June 13, and will reopen on Tuesday, July 23.

The Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your enrollment questions. Contact:

Kim Kaminski, Registrar
708-583-6479 (phone)
708-452-0732 (fax)
registration@epcusd401.org

Students attend John Mills Elementary School if they are in grades 1-6 and live north of the railroad tracks. 

Please note that District 401's first day of school for 2019-20 is Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.

To set up an appointment to enroll your student, please use the following information to reach John Mills' enrollment contact person:

► School Address | 2824 N. 76th Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707
► Contact Person | Ms. Denise Wurtz
► Email | wurtzd@epcusd401.org
► Phone | 708-452-3560
► Fax | 708-452-0349
► School Website | www.epcusd401.org/mills

The following forms and documents apply to 2019-20 John Mills students. Please read the comments in parentheses for more information about each item.

► Elementary School Student Questionnaire
(Required of all students, grades 1-6)

► John Mills PTA Membership Toolkit
(Link to the PTA's website, which is the only way to join; membership is optional)

► John Mills Supply List
(Covers all grades, 1-6)

John Mills' main office will be closed for summer break beginning on Thursday, June 13, and will reopen on Tuesday, July 23. 

The Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your enrollment questions. Contact:

Kim Kaminski, Registrar
708-583-6479 (phone)
708-452-0732 (fax)
registration@epcusd401.org

Students attend Elm Middle School if they are in grades 7 or 8.

Please note that District 401's first day of school for 2019-20 is Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.

To set up an appointment to enroll your student, please use the following information to reach Elm's enrollment contact person: 

► School Address | 7607 W. Cortland, Elmwood Park, IL 60707
► Contact Person | Ms. Danielle Yager
► Email | yagerd@epcusd401.org
► Phone | 708-452-3550
► Fax | 708-452-0662
► School Website | www.epcusd401.org/elm

The following forms and documents apply to 2019-20 Elm students. Please read the comments in parentheses for more information about each item.

► District 401 Chromebook Policy, Procedures & Information
(Required reading for all students, grades 7-8)

► Elm Athletic Pre-Participation Examination Form
(Required of all students who want to join an Elm sports team)

► Elm Bus Routes
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► Elm Field Trip Permission Form | 7th Grade
(Required for participation in field trips and listed special events)

► Elm Field Trip Permission Form | 8th Grade
(Required for participation in field trips and listed special events)

► Elm Supply List | 7th-Grade
(Covers all 7th-grade classes that require student-provided supplies)

► Elm Supply List | 8th-Grade
(Covers all 8th-grade classes that require student-provided supplies)

► Elm Yearbook Form
(Link for ordering yearbook online)

Elm's main office will be closed for summer break during portions of June and July; the exact dates will be posted here when they become available.

The Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your enrollment questions. Contact:

Kim Kaminski, Registrar
708-583-6479 (phone)
708-452-0732 (fax)
registration@epcusd401.org

Students attend Elmwood Park High School if they are in grades 9-12. 

Please note that District 401's first day of school for 2019-20 is Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019.

To set up an appointment to enroll your student, please use the following information to reach EPHS' enrollment contact person: 

► School Address | 8201 W. Fullerton Ave., Elmwood Park, IL 60707
► Contact Person | Ms. Kelly Schlanger 
► Email | schlangerk@epcusd401.org  
► Phone | 708-583-6215
► Fax | 708-452-0732
► School Website | www.epcusd401.org/ephs

The following forms and documents apply to 2019-20 EPHS students. Please read the comments in parentheses for more information about each item.

► District 401 Chromebook Policy, Procedures & Information
(Required reading for all students, grades 9-12)

► EPHS Activities & Organizations
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► EPHS Athletic Pre-Participation Examination Form
(Required of all students who want to join an EPHS sports team)

► EPHS Bell Schedule
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► EPHS Bus Maps
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► EPHS Bus Routes
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► EPHS Parking Permit
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

► EPHS Physical Education Uniform Order Form
(Required of all students taking PE classes)

► EPHS Program of Studies 2019-20
(Downloadable PDF but do not print; this document is more than 40 pages)

EPHS Records Request Form for New/Transferring High School Students
(Required of all new students)

► EPHS Tiger Booster Club Membership Form
(Downloadable PDF for your convenience — optional)

The Elmwood Park High School offices will be open all summer to answer your enrollment questions. Contact:

Kim Kaminski, Registrar
708-583-6479 (phone)
708-452-0732 (fax)
registration@epcusd401.org