All students attending a District 25 school on a tuition-free basis, must reside within the boundaries of the district. All families will be required to prove every year that they live at the in-district address that they provide during registration.
To verify that you live within District 25 boundaries, please consult the Cook County Map Website and enter your address, click directly on the property, and click on the "view district details". If you have verified that you live within the District 25 boundaries, but you are unsure which school you will attend, please contact the District 25 Administration Office at 847-758-4900.
To be considered a legal District 25 resident, a child must reside within the school district with:
● a natural or adoptive parent listed on the birth certificate;
● a court-ordered guardian;
● an adult that receives public aid on behalf of the child; or
● an adult who has assumed and exercises responsibility for the child and provides him/her with a fixed, nighttime residence. The child must eat and sleep at this residence on a regular basis, and not for the sole purpose of having access to District 25’s educational programs.
Property owners within District 25 boundaries who do not live at the property are not considered legal residents and their children do not qualify to attend school on a tuition-free basis.
MANDATORY ANNUAL PROOF OF RESIDENCY - RETURNING STUDENTS/FAMILIES
District 25 has contracted with a third party vendor to automatically verify student address information for all RETURNING students/families using the information provided by families in their online registration. We anticipate the majority of families will be successfully verified without needing to provide any additional forms or documentation. If there is any question regarding a student's residency within the District 25 boundaries, the family will be contacted directly and the district may require additional documentation to verify where the student is living.
CLICK HERE to view the letter that was sent to all existing families in 2018, regarding this change in procedure for proving residency.
MANDATORY PROOF OF RESIDENCY - NEW FAMILIES
CLICK HERE to print the 2019-20 Verification of Residency Form
This form must be fully completed (both pages), signed and returned to your child's school office along with three (3) acceptable proof of residency documents. The list of acceptable documents can be found on the form (one document must be from Category A & two documents must be from Category B). Documents must be the most recent available. Please note that if you have a child(ren) currently enrolled in a District 25 school, then you are considered a returning family, so you do not need to complete this form for any siblings registering for the first time.
If there is any question regarding a student's residency within the District 25 boundaries, the family will be contacted directly and the district may require additional documentation to verify where the student is living.
Residency Affidavit Forms
In the event a family meets one of the special circumstances below, they may complete and submit the corresponding affidavit form, in lieu of one of the standard Category A required residency documents:
Letter of Residence in Lieu of a Lease- If a family is unable to produce a copy of the lease for their residence, the property landlord must complete and sign an affidavit as a component of proof of residency.
Letter of Residence- If the person seeking to register the child is living with a district resident without a lease (doubled-up), for purposes other than school attendance, the district resident must complete and sign an affidavit as a component of proof of residency.
Evidence of Non-Parent Custody/Control- If a person other than the child's legal guardian has assumed custody, for purposes other than school attendance, and wishes to enroll the child, he/she must complete and sign an affidavit.
Questions regarding residency requirements should be directed to Lana O'Brien in the Superintendent's Department at (847) 758-4871.
If a family is unable to prove residency due to the sharing of housing with other persons (district residents) due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or similar reason ("doubled up"), the student(s) may be eligible for enrollment under the McKiney-Vento Act. Please click here for more information on McKinney-Vento and school registration.
CHANGE OF RESIDENCE
A student whose family moves out of the district during the school year is permitted to attend school tuition free for the remainder of the school year. If a student moves within the attendance boundaries of a different District 25 school, the student may complete the year at the original school of attendance. Parents are required to provide the new address and phone number to the school of attendance. Parents are responsible for providing transportation to and from school for the remainder of the school year. If the change of residence is due to a military obligation of the person with legal custody of the child, the child may maintain his/her residence for the purpose of registration and enrollment as determined prior to the military obligation. This request must be submitted in writing.
TRANSFER REQUESTS WITHIN DISTRICT
Parents/guardians who wish their child to attend a District 25 school outside of their attend boundary may submit a written request for permissive transfer by May 1 (for the following school year). Decisions for transfers are made on a case by case basis in consultation with the building administrators. Requests for transfer must be made each year and parents are responsible for transportation to and from school. Decisions regarding transfer are generally made in August, prior to the start of the school year. Requests for transfer should be directed to the Superintendent.
NONRESIDENT REQUEST FOR ADMISSION
Non-resident students may attend District schools upon the approval of a request submitted by the student’s parent(s)/guardian(s) for non-resident admission. Students will only be accepted if there is room and acceptance is made on a year-to-year basis. Parents will be charged the maximum amount of tuition allowable under state law. Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school if admission is granted. Requests for non-resident admission should be made to the Superintendent.
Questions regarding residency requirements or student registration should be directed to Lana O'Brien in the Superintendent's Department, at (847) 758-4871.