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Elementary School Enrollment Process (SY20-21)

All children who live in Chicago and are five years old on or before September 1 are eligible for enrollment into a CPS kindergarten program.

Once you have decided your child will start kindergarten at your neighborhood school, or you have accepted an offer for kindergarten placement at another school, you will need to enroll your student prior to the start of the school year. Students transferring into a new school will also need to enroll.

Families experiencing homelessness or temporary living situations do not need the normally required documentation at the time of enrollment. Learn more about eligibility and resources for students in temporary living situations

District-Managed Schools 

Parents or legal guardians are required to present the following documents to enroll their child in school:

Proof of Age

Includes, but is not limited to, any ONE of the documents listed below:

  • Child's birth certificate
  • Child's baptismal record
  • Passport
  • Court documents
  • Medical records

Proof of Current Address

Includes, but is not limited to, any TWO of the documents listed below:

  • Current utility bill
  • Illinois driver's license or State of Illinois identification card
  • Deed
  • Employee identification number
  • MediPlan/Medicaid card
  • Court documents
  • Illinois Department of Public Aid card
  • Stamped United States Post Office change of address form
  • Illinois state aid check/social security check

Health Requirements

Children are encouraged to submit their required immunizations and physicals prior to the start of the school year and no later than October 15 of the current school or they will face expulsion from school. 

Physical Examination Requirements

All students must have a physical examination within one year of:

  • Entering schools in the State of Illinois for the first time, at any grade level
  • Entering kindergarten or 1st grade, sixth grade, and ninth grade (ages five, 10, 15 for ungraded programs)
  • Entering preschool, up to age six (physical exam and lead screenings)

Immunization Requirements

  • Diptheria, Pertussis (Whooping Cough), Tetanus (DTP/Td)
  • Inactivated Polio
  • Measles
  • Rubella
  • Mumps
  • Hepatitis B
  • Varicella (Chicken Pox)
  • Haemophillus Influenza, Type B (HIB)

Dental Requirements

All students in kindergarten, second, and sixth grade must have a dental exam completed by a licensed dentist prior to May 15th of the current school year.

For additional information about enrollment or required documents, contact your school.

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