Enrollment for Returning Students


UPDATE FOR ALL RETURNING STUDENTS (posted May 4, 2020): Enrollment for all 2020-21 returning students is now open. Parents of returning students should email their residency information to registration@epcusd401.org. They should then go into the parent portal of PowerSchool to sign the AUP, handbook and photo consent forms. For more information about this, please go to the section below titled If Your Child Is a Returning Student (click the preceding link to get there without scrolling) and then click the rows labeled "Step 1: Proof of Residency," "Step 2: Payment of Fees" and "Step 3: Consents."


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

This page describes the enrollment process for returning students. Links to all necessary documents are located in the sections below.


Reminders for Returning Families


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

Beginning in August 2020:

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

The first day of school for 2020-21 is Monday, Aug. 31, 2020


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 "Returning Student"


A student is a "returning student" if he or she did attend a District 401 school during the previous school year, including the Early Childhood Center or one of our alternative schools. For the purposes of 2020-21 enrollment, this means a student is returning if he or she attended school in the District during 2019-20.

If your student did not attend a District 401 school in 2019-20, please see the New/Transfer Students page.


If Your Child Is a Returning Student


All returning students must enroll again if they want to attend a District school in 2020-21. Enrollment is a three-step process:

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

For more information about these steps, please click the rows below labeled "Step 1: Proof of Residency," "Step 2: Payment of Fees" and "Step 3: Consents."

Parents of returning students should email their residency information to:

► registration@epcusd401.org

Parents should then go into the parent portal of PowerSchool to sign the AUP, handbook and photo consent forms.

If you are the parent of a returning student enrolling in kindergarten or preschool for 2020-21, you may send in your residency documents starting the week of Feb. 10, 2020.

If you are the parent of a returning student enrolling in grades 1-12 for 2020-21, you may send in your residency documents starting the week of May 4, 2020.

Fees have been pre-loaded into the D401 webstore so that you may begin paying your 2020-21 fees as early as Monday, May 4, 2020. Fees are due Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020.

For your convenience, you will find links to PDF copies of all necessary enrollment documents in the row below titled "District 401 Forms & Documents." Consult the other rows for access to documents that pertain specifically to your child's school.