ADMISSIONS

FUTURE READY LEARNERS

Questions may be directed to Sylvia Ortega (847) 824-1136

19

CLASS SIZE

$19K

PER-PUPIL

$89M

DISTRICT FINANCE

174

TOTAL SCHOOL DAYS

ONLINE REGISTRATION

GRADES 1–8

All returning students entering grades 1-8 for the 2020-2021 school year must register by June 1, 2020. Online registration reduces documentation, assists with the automation and simplifies fee payments.

Parents may use Parent Portal button below to register their returning student(s) now.

For step-by-step instructions, payments, and frequently asked questions, please click learn more.

NEW STUDENT ENROLLMENT

Birth Certificates
Pupils entering district schools must present a certified copy of their birth certificate as evidence of age. State law requires that a certified copy of a child’s birth certificate (a foreign birth certificate is acceptable), or other reliable proof of the child’s identity and age (such as a passport, visa, or other government documentation) supported by a sworn statement explaining why the birth certificate is not available, be presented within thirty days of school registration. Failure to comply with this requirement will not prevent school attendance but will be reported to the Illinois State Police for purposes of determining if the child has been reported missing.

Proof of Residency Requirements
The district requires at least two proofs of residency upon initial registration. Please download enrollment checklist for a complete list of supporting documents. If you currently live with another family in our district please complete and notarize the Residency Attestation Form. The family with whom you live will need to provide a signed lease or mortgage document.

The school district has a duty under the Illinois School Code to charge tuition for non-resident students. Further information may be required to establish proof of residency, and an investigation may be conducted by the school district to determine the residency of any student, before or after enrollment.

The school observes the statute that does not allow refusal to admit or enroll a student because of that student’s failure to present his/her student permanent or temporary record from a school attended previously.

Residency for Parents in the Military
If a student’s change of residence is due to the military service obligation of the person with legal custody of a student (with a written request from this person), he/she can maintain his/her residency as determined prior to the military obligation.

Good Standing – Transfer Students
All children transferring into district schools must have an official transfer form indicating whether or not they are “in good standing” and whether or not their medical records are up to date. All transfer students serving terms of suspension or expulsion from any public or private Illinois or out-of-state schools must serve the entire duration of the suspension or expulsion prior to enrollment.

Health Certificate and Dental and Eye Exams
A health certificate, including an immunization history completed by the primary health care provider, needs to be submitted to the school office by every Pre-K, K, and 6th grade student in addition to all students who are new to the school district unless the parent provides an acceptable medical or religious objection.

Failure to produce this health certificate will result in the student being excluded from school. Students entering K, 2, and 6 must present proof of having been examined by a licensed dentist before May 15 of the current school year. Parents and/or guardians of students entering kindergarten or an Illinois school for the first time shall present proof before the first full day of school of the current school year that the student received an eye examination within one year prior to entry of kindergarten or the school.

Fees - Consumable Materials
Each pupil in kindergarten through eighth grade is charged a consumable materials fee which is payable when registering. Additional fees for optional insurance and special middle school programs may also be collected if applicable. The exact amount of these fees for the different grade levels and kindergarten is provided with registration materials

Waiving of School Fees
The Board of Education has adopted a policy, which permits the waiving of instructional fees for students whose parents or guardians are unable to afford them. Students are eligible for waiving of fees under the following conditions:

  • the student is currently receiving aid under Article IV of the Illinois Public Aid Code;
  • the student is currently eligible for free lunches or breakfasts pursuant to 105 ILCS 125/1 et seq., OR
the Superintendent may evaluate if a student is eligible because one or more of the following factors is present:
  • the student’s family has suffered a very significant loss of income due to severe illness or injury in the family, OR
  • has had unusual expenses due to fire, flood, storm damage, OR
  • other similar emergency situations.
A student is also eligible for a fee waiver if, under applicable state or federal law, the student is homeless, a migrant, in foster care, a runaway, or participating in Head Start. Applications may be obtained from the district website or building principal.

Students with Disabilities
The district provides a free appropriate public education in the least restrictive environment and necessary related services to all children with disabilities enrolled in the district, as required by the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), the Illinois School Code, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Enrollment Checklist & Forms For New Students Only

McKinney-Vento (Homeless) Students

Each child of a McKinney-Vento (Homeless) individual and each McKinney-Vento (Homeless) youth has equal access to the same free, appropriate public education, as provided to other children and youths, including a public pre-school education. Students who are McKinney-Vento (Homeless) may be enrolled if the student was a resident of the District before he/she became McKinney-Vento (Homeless) or if the child’s temporary residence is located within District boundaries.

Further information on the educational rights of McKinney-Vento (Homeless) students may be obtained by contacting the District’s liaison by calling Dr. Ellen Swanson (847) 824-1160.

Westerhold Learning Tree

PRESCHOOL REGISTRATION

Westerhold Early Learning Center is parent funded preschool and school-age program within the Des Plaines Public Schools. Each classroom is designed to provide a positive beginning school experience to your child. The families participate in a variety of activities which includes adult education, special needs, and extended day.

KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION

Starting school is one of the most important events in a child’s life. Children who are prepared for Kindergarten will have a rewarding and productive year. As a parent, you can help your child develop the skills necessary for a great start in Kindergarten.

VOLUNTARY STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE

Student Insurance | Online Enrollment | Benefits | Plan Coverage | Claim Form

Questions related to voluntary student accident insurance program, please call Business Office (847) 824-1144.