Kindergarten Registration

District 97 kindergarten registration is conducted each year via our online registration system. In order to register your child, you must be the custodial parent/guardian and currently reside in Oak Park. Students who are registering for kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year must be at least 5 years old and must be born on or before Sept. 1, 2016.

New Student and Kindergarten Registration Steps:

  1. Gather all required documents (see lists below).
  2. Make an appointment to have your documents reviewed (see link below).
  3. Look for an email with a Snapcode link (one per child).
  4. Click the link and create an account.
  5. Complete the online registration—be sure to upload all required documents—and hit "submit."
  6. Watch for an approval email from the district.
  7. Your school will reach out once registration has been approved by the district.

Click here to schedule an appointment for a new or kindergarten student.

At  your appointment, the registrar will explain the online process, verify your child’s age and Oak Park residency and enter the student into the online system.  After your appointment you will receive an email for each student with a unique link to submit that student’s registration information. Parents will be required to upload the documents listed below directly into the online registration system. Parents are highly encouraged to gather all documentation prior to making an appointment. 

During the school year, it generally takes two business days for registration to be approved and students to be placed in classes as long as parents have uploaded all of their required documents. However, during our annual spring and summer registration, the approval process may take two to four weeks after the online information has been submitted. We encourage parents to schedule their appointment and complete registration as soon as possible.

*Please note, all residency documents uploaded MUST have the residents' Oak Park address. 

Required Documents for New Registrations

  • Official certified birth certificate (long form)
    • NOTE: Hospital birth certificates are not accepted
  • A current, unexpired, government-issued photo ID (Driver’s license, State ID, Passport, Permanent Resident Card, U.S. Military ID, Consular ID, etc) from the parent/guardian registering their child
  • Main proof of residency (lease or home ownership document) and three supporting documents
  • Custody documents (if applicable)
  • Most recent Illinois Department of Human Services (DHS) health physical exam and immunizations
    • These documents must be dated within the year of the first day of school  for students entering kindergarten, sixth grade, or a public Illinois school for the first time. You will have until the first day of school to produce these documents. For more information, please review our Health Requirements for New Students.
  • If you are enrolling a student who is not your biological child, please download the Non-Parent Affidavit form and include it with your required residency documents.
  • If you are homeless, please contact the registrar directly at 708-524-3000.

*Please note, all residency documents uploaded MUST have the residents' Oak Park address. 

Assessments for Incoming Kindergarteners

All incoming kindergarteners are required to complete the Kindergarten Readiness Test (KRT) and the Ages and Stages Social-Emotional Questionnaire (ASQ) as part of the registration process. These screenings help provide the district with a more complete picture of the child so that we are able to meet their academic, social and emotional needs during the school year. For more information, please visit https://www.op97.org/student-and-administrative-services/incoming-kindergarten-information.

Early Admission to Kindergarten

According to the Illinois School Code, "Early entrance to kindergarten means the admission of a student to kindergarten who will not yet be 5 years old by September 1 of that school year." For more information about the requirements and process for early admission to kindergarten, please visit https://www.op97.org/hr/early-kindergarten-and-first-grade-admission.

Board Policy 7:50: (School Admissions and Student Transfers To and From Non-District Schools) 

In accordance with Board Policy 7:50, beginning with the 2022-23 school year, all students who are 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022, will be enrolled into kindergarten and all students who are 6 years old on or before September 1, 2022, will be enrolled into first grade. Therefore, if you have a student who will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022, and eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2022-23 school year, and you chose not to enroll your student in District 97 for kindergarten that school year, your student will be enrolled in first grade for the 2023-24 school year.