Enrollment for New/Transfer Students


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

The remainder of this page provides information about the process as a whole, including an overview of our new online system of registration.


LINQ Online Registration System


Beginning this year, the enrollment process for District 401 students will be done online using the LINQ registration system:

For instructions on how to use LINQ to register your child, please use this document:

When you arrive at the LINQ site, create an account and follow the instructions. There is no need to visit your child's school to register for 2021-22. The entire process of proving residency and submitting required information will be done through the LINQ system. Payment of school fees will continue to be done through the District's webstore.

For an introduction to LINQ, please view the following video from Mr. Aaron Celmer, District 401's Director for Instructional Technology.



Are You New to District 401?


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

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.


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. For the purposes of 2021-22 enrollment, this means a student is considered "new" if he or she was not enrolled as a District 401 student during 2020-21.

If your student did attend a District 401 school in 2020-21, including John Mills for preschool or 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. As noted above, enrollment is a three-step process that consists of:

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

Information about these steps and about key dates is located in the rows below. 

  • FOR PRESCHOOL (PK): 
    If your child will be entering preschool in 2021-22, please start by reading the row titled "Instructions for New Students in Preschool (PK)."
  • FOR KINDERGARTEN (K): 
    If your child will be entering kindergarten in 2021-22, please start by reading the row titled "Instructions for New Students in Kindergarten (K)."
  • FOR GRADES 1-12: 
    If your child will be entering any grade other than kindergarten or preschool in 2021-22, please start by reading the row titled "Instructions for New Students in Grades 1-12."

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