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.

Open Enrollment Process

  1. Register your student. Students who are new to District 54 (just starting kindergarten or transferring in from another district) can apply as part of the online registration process. For more information on the registration process and a link to the online registration portal, visit the District 54 Registration page. If your student is beginning kindergarten in August, please visit our Welcome to Kindergarten page.
  2. Students who are currently enrolled at the Early Learning Center or another District 54 school can contact their current school or an open enrollment school if they would like to apply.
  3. The open enrollment application deadline was March 1, 2024. The next Open Enrollment period will begin Jan. 22, 2025.
  4. If your neighborhood school is an Open Enrollment school, you still need to submit an application to be accepted into the open enrollment program. 

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

Open Enrollment Timeline

  • January 22, 2025 – Open Enrollment Fair from 6-7:30 p.m. at the District 54 Professional Learning Center, 522 E. Schaumburg Road in Schaumburg
  • January 22, 2025 – Online registration begins for new District 54 students at
  • February 28, 2025 – Deadline for parents/guardians to file open enrollment applications 
  • March 14, 2025 – Date for open enrollment schools to send letters inviting students to attend their school
  • April 4, 2025 – Deadline for parents/guardian to accept the school’s 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. 

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 apply for the Dual-Language Program only, or the Dual-Language and Early Instrumental Music programs together.  

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. 

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, visit their website, or call the school office directly.


Hanover Highlands