Enrollment period begins soon 

You’ve asked. Now we’ve answered. Learn more about the enrollment process before it begins on Sept. 3.

August 24, 2009

With the start of the regular school year just a few weeks away, many parents have emailed us questions about our enrollment process. To ensure that you are fully prepared to enroll your child prior to the first day of school, we’ve reached out to our Elementary and High School experts to create this handy enrollment question and answer guide. Each question is answered from both perspectives.


Do you still have questions about the enrollment process? Email us and we’ll add both the question and answer to our list .

Enrollment/registration dates

Question: When can I enroll/register my child for school?


Elementary: A parent, legal guardian, or temporary custodian may visit a school and enroll their child in school on or after Sept. 3. Parents are encouraged to ensure that their child is enrolled in school and prepared to begin classes on Sept. 8, the first day of school. Contact your school for specific registration and enrollment requirements.  


High school: Parents can start to enroll their children in school on or after Sept. 3.  Most schools have only skeletal crews during the summer, and some schools may have staff available prior to Sept. 3. Contact your school first to find out what time school personnel will be available.


Question: I’ve tried contacting the school to enroll my child, however no one is answering the phone yet. What are the other options I have for enrolling my child?


Elementary: Continue to contact your child's school during regular school hours. If you are unable to contact your child's school, contact Elementary Areas and Schools at (773) 553-2150.


High school: All children living in the City of Chicago are guaranteed a seat in their neighborhood high school. If parents are attempting to enroll their child in any school other than their neighborhood high school they will have difficulty since the application period is now closed. The only guaranteed option for school enrollment is your neighborhood high school.


Question: When is the last day I can enroll my child?


Answer: Students may enroll in a Chicago public school at any time during the school year. There is no deadline for enrollment.


Learn more about our enrollment process.

Enrollment/registration information

Question: What do I need to do to register/enroll my child in a Chicago public school?


Elementary: Registration/enrollment applies to new students. A parent, legal guardian, or temporary custodian of any elementary or high school student seeking enrollment in a Chicago public school for the first time shall present to the school principal or his/her designee proof of age, proof of current address and physical exam and immunization records. 


High school: New high school students must present the same information as above, in addition to having a transcript from his or her previous school of all coursework completed. If the student is enrolling from another school in Illinois, the parent must also provide the  ISBE in good standing form or the  transfer form  which is required for all Illinois students. Out-of-state students are not required to complete these forms.


Contact your child's school for specific registration/enrollment requirementsLearn more about our enrollment process and minimum health requirements 

Transfer student enrollment process

Question:  My child is transferring to a new school. How can I enroll him or her?


Answer:  A parent, legal guardian, or temporary custodian of any elementary or high school student seeking a transfer from a Chicago public school must contact the school principal or designee to request a transfer. Learn more about the  transfer student enrollment process.

2009-10 enrollment period

Question: When does enrollment begin for the next school year?


Elementary: Elementary school enrollment occurs at the beginning of each school year.  Applications will be available online Oct. 1. The application deadline for the 2010-2011 school year is Dec. 18.  Applications submitted after the deadline will not be considered.


High school: The high school enrollment process for the 2010-2011 school year begins at the annual High School Fair on Oct. 10. Applications are distributed for the first time at the fair. The application deadline for the 2010-2011 school year is Dec. 18. Applications submitted after that date will not be considered.

Find your child's school

Question: How do I locate a school or find out what school my child attends in the fall?


Answer: There are two ways to find your child's neighborhood school online: Visit our school locator or Find a school sections online and enter your zip code to review your list of possible schools. You can also contact a school directly to learn more about neighborhood boundaries. 


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Article written by C. Payton.