Open Enrollment

District 54 residents have the opportunity to send their children to their neighborhood school or they may apply to have their children attend one of our schools that offer unique learning opportunities.

If you are interested in learning more about these schools and the programs they offer, join us at our Virtual Open Enrollment Fair, which will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, January 26, 2022. The fair will provide families with information on seven elementary schools in the district. If you cannot attend the live webinar, a recording will be posted to this web page following the presentation. If you have already chosen a school and are ready to begin the application process, please see the steps below.

Open Enrollment Process

  1. Determine your neighborhood school. If you are unsure of your neighborhood school, visit the District 54 School Boundaries page.
  2. Register your student at your neighborhood school. For more information on the registration process and a link to the online registration portal, visit the District 54 Registration page. Kindergarten registration for the 2022-23 school year starts Feb. 2, 2022. (If your child is already enrolled in a District 54 school, you can skip step 2.)
  3. Submit an application (one for each student) to the Open Enrollment program. Applications for each program are due March 4, 2022. Families who apply after the deadline will be placed on a waiting list if there are no openings at the school. If your neighborhood school is an Open Enrollment school, you still need to submit an application to be accepted into the program. Electronic applications are linked below. Paper applications are available at the school. 

Information about busing to open enrollment schools, can be found at on our Transportation website.

Open Enrollment Timeline

  • January 26, 2022 –  Virtual Open Enrollment Fair at 6 p.m. Zoom Link
  • February 2, 2022 – Online kindergarten registration begins for families at
  • February 22, 2022 – English Learners Kindergarten Information Question and Answer Session – 6:30 p.m. on Zoom
  • March 4, 2022 – Deadline for parents to file applications
  • March 18, 2022 – Date for schools to send letters inviting parents to attend their school
  • April 4, 2022 – Deadline for parents to accept invitation. Email your child’s acceptance to [email protected].


Open Enrollment Programs

Campanelli, in Schaumburg, offers a Mandarin Chinese immersion program for students in kindergarten through sixth grade. The goal of this program is for students to communicate effectively in Chinese while developing a deep understanding of the Chinese culture. 

Campanelli Virtual Chats (on Zoom)

For more information, visit Campanelli’s website, or call the school office at 847-357-5333.

Dooley, in Schaumburg, hosts the Japanese-English Dual Language Program and Early Instrumental Music Program (EIM). Students have the option of learning Japanese and English together in this setting.

In addition, early instrumental music (violin) is available to primary students at Dooley. Individuals can sign up for the Dual-Language Program only, or the Dual-Language and Early Instrumental Music programs together. 

Dooley Virtual Chats (on Zoom)

For more information, visit Dooley’s website, or call the school office at 847-357-6250.

Lincoln Prairie, in Hoffman Estates, is a community-school founded on the premise that students learn in a variety of ways. Lincoln Prairie is the only District 54 school with children from kindergarten through eighth grade. Students are grouped in multiage classrooms, working with teams of teachers on integrated curriculum. Project Development Time, in which students choose learning projects offered by staff, is a popular option. Parent participation is an expectation at Lincoln Prairie. 

Lincoln Prairie Virtual Chats (on Zoom)

For more information, visit Lincoln Prairie’s website, or call the school office at 847-357-5955.

The goal of this program is for students to communicate effectively in both languages by the time they exit the school at the end of sixth grade. Four District 54 schools offer the Spanish-English Dual Language Program. Students who are accepted into this program are assigned to one of these schools based on their home address. 

The four elementary schools that offer the Spanish-English Dual Language Program are Enders-Salk, Hanover Highlands, Link and Macarthur. For more information, view each school’s video, visit their website, or call the school office directly.


Enders-Salk Virtual Chats (on Zoom)


Hanover Highlands

Hanover Highlands Virtual Chats (on Zoom)



Link Virtual Chats (on Zoom)



MacArthur Virtual Chats (on Zoom)