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How to Register For District 65 Schools

Parents of incoming kindergarteners, third graders and sixth graders must fill out forms before the school year begins.

If you've got a kindergartener going into District 65, you're probably aware that you need to register your child with the school district. But did you know third graders and sixth graders need to re-register, too?

Parents, here's what you need to know (based on information listed on the school's registration web page):

Who Has to Register?

  • Students who are new to the district
  • Students entering preschool, kindergarten, third grade and sixth grade
  • Students for whom there's been a change in custody or guardianship

How Do I Register?

Registration materials, including pre-printed forms and information on deadlines, have been mailed or e-mailed to the parents of all students entering kindergarten, third grade or sixth grade in the district. You can return those forms in one of four ways: e-mail (parents@district65.net), fax (847-859-8709), mail or in person to the , 1500 McDaniel Ave., Evanston, open during the summer from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Parents of children who are new to the district can also download a registration form on the district's website in English or in Spanish.

If you're new to the district, have a child entering kindergarten or the early childhood education program, or if there's been a change in custody or guardianship, you must not only complete the form but register your student in person at the district offices. Kindergarten registration and registration for early childhood programs was held this spring. 

Families who must register in person need to bring the following materials to the district office:

  • Original birth certificate (visa or passport if one is not available).
  • Any applicable court documents (such as a custody agreement, guardianship, orders of protection, etc.).
  • ISBE transfer form if transferring from another school in Illinois.
  • Three documents proving residency. More information about what documents qualify can be found on the district's website; anyone having trouble collecting three should contact registration staff at 847-492-5887 or 847-859-8308.  

What is the Deadline?

According to the district's website, parents have until the first day of school to turn in registration forms and and any other required materials, as well as applicable fees. 

How Much Does it Cost?

Parents must pay certain fees at the beginning of the school year, which cover supervision on the playground and in the cafeteria, as well as some classroom activities. 

General student fees are $90 per student (with a maximum of $180 per family) or $28 per student qualifying for a reduced-price lunch (with a maximum of $56 per family). Fees are waived for students who qualify for free lunch; families who don't qualify for free or reduced lunch but can't afford the fees may apply for a payment plan or a waiver.

Classroom activity fees are $30 per student in grades K-5 and $9 per student qualifying for a reduced lunch. Fees are $40 per student in grades 6 through 8 and $12 for those students who qualify for a reduced lunch. Again, fees are waived for students who qualify for a free lunch; others may apply for a payment plan or waiver. 

Parents with questions about fees should contact the business office at 847-859-8040.

What Else Do Parents Need to Do?

Before the first day of school, parents must submit a physical exam for their child and proof of up-to-date immunizations to the Health Services office. Parents must turn in an eye exam by Oct. 15, and a dental exam by May 15. Links to those forms, and more information on health requirements, can be found on the District 65 Health Services website.

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