Open Enrollment

District 54 residents can take advantage of the opportunity for open enrollment in District 54. Instead of attending their neighborhood school, students who live in District 54 and are registered to attend District 54 schools can apply to attend one of our schools that offer unique learning opportunities.

NOTE: Dual language and immersion programs will not be offered to students participating in remote learning during the 2021-22 school year. However, students enrolled in an open enrollment school who attend the Virtual Learning Academy in 2021-22 will not lose their spot in the open enrollment program when they return to in-person learning.

Open Enrollment Process

For families new to District 54 or have an incoming kindergartner and are interested in applying to an Open Enrollment school:

  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.
  3. Submit an application (one for each student) to the Open Enrollment program you are interested in. Applications for each program are due in March. 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. 

If you are a current District 54 family and would like to apply for your current student to attend an Open Enrollment school, you just need to submit an application.

Students must maintain a good attendance record and a pattern of prompt arrival at school to continue attending an open enrollment school. If students cannot arrive at school on time, they will need to enroll at their neighborhood school.

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

Open Enrollment Timeline

  • January 26, 2022 – Open Enrollment Fair at 6 p.m. in the D54 Professional Learning Center
  • February 2, 2022 – Online kindergarten registration begins for families at
  • 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. 

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. 

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 English-Spanish 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 English-Spanish 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.