New Families

  • Welcome to the Winnetka Public Schools!

    Please review the Enrollment Procedure and when ready to begin the online portion of registration for the 2020-2021 school year, click here. Families new to the District for the 2019-2020 school year will need to visit the District Office to begin registration.

    Image of student working on a project The Winnetka Public Schools serve students in Kindergarten through the eighth grade. ​Kindergarten through fourth grade students attend Crow Island School, Greeley School and Hubbard Woods School. Fifth and sixth grade students attend The Skokie School and seventh and eighth grade students attend Carleton Washburne School. We are delighted that you are considering enrolling your child in the District.

    The Winnetka Public Schools Board approved new attendance boundaries at its meeting on October 22, 2019, to form a long-term solution to address the enrollment imbalance in the District. These new boundaries are effective immediately for students newly registering. For more information on redistricting, click here. To check an address for School Boundary Assignments, click here.

    Enrollment Procedure

    Families new to the District will need to show proof of residency at the District Office (1235 Oak Street) in order to begin the enrollment process. You will be given information so you can complete your registration online once that process is completed. If you have any questions about registration please call the District Office at 847-446-9400.

    The following documents are required for all new students, including those with older siblings enrolled in The Winnetka Public Schools. Please bring the necessary documents with you to the District Office. Photocopies will be made and original documents returned. If you are unable to provide the documentation listed below, or have any additional questions, please contact the District Registrar at 847-446-9400.

    • The child’s certified birth certificate.
    • Parent’s photo ID (Driver’s license, state ID, or passport).
    • Proof of Winnetka residency (most recent real estate bill; or signed and dated lease/rental agreement and proof of last month’s payment; or mortgage documents; or agreement of sale).
    • Two of the following with a current Winnetka address: voter registration; auto registration; home/auto insurance; gas, water/electric bills. Cell phone bills are not acceptable.

    Incoming Kindergarten Families

    The District is excited to welcome our new Kindergarteners. The District began offering Extended Day Kindergarten in 2017-2018, continuing our commitment to play-based early childhood programming.

    District 36 annually partners with The Alliance for Early Childhood for a conversation about the Kindergarten transition. Trisha Kocanda, Superintendent, and Daniel Ryan, former Principal of Hubbard Woods School, facilitated a discussion to inform 2016-2017 parents about the District’s Kindergarten curriculum, what to expect in school, and supporting your child's educational journey.

    To view this session, click here.

    Education of Homeless Children

    Click here to access School Board Policy 6:140, which addresses the enrollment and registration of homeless children as defined by the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. The Homeless Liaison for District 36 is Ms. Beth Martin, Director of Student Services. Please contact Ms. Martin with any questions at 847-501-2622 or bethmartin@winnetka36.org

    Click here to access more information from the North Cook Intermediate Service Center about educational services for homeless students.