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, you can watch the recording from the Virtual Open Enrollment Fair held on January 26.  If you have already chosen a school, please see the application process 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 began 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 were 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. UPDATE 3-11-22: District 54 still has openings in the Spanish-English Dual Language programs. The application for that program has been left open so we can continue accepting submissions.
  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. Electronic applications are linked below within the Open Enrollment Programs list. 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, 2022Virtual Open Enrollment Fair Recording
  • February 2, 2022 – Online kindergarten registration begins for families at
  • March 4, 2022 – Deadline for parents to file applications UPDATE: We are still accepting applications for the Spanish-English Dual Language programs. 
  • 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

Click each program below to learn more about the program, access videos, FAQs and applications.

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, view each school’s video, visit their website, or call the school office directly.



Hanover Highlands