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Frequently Asked Questions

Navigating enrollment and registration can be daunting, especially for new families. Below is a repository of commonly asked questions during the registration process.


Q: What is the cutoff age for enrollment?

A: Children enrolling for the first time in the junior kindergarten, kindergarten, and first grade must be 4, 5 and 6 years of age, respectively, by September 1st.

Q: Does The Joseph Sears School offer before school/after school care programs?

A: The Kenilworth Park District provides after school care services exclusively to Sears families through the Cubs Care program. Visit the Cubs Care website for more information.

Q: Are students required to wear uniforms to school?

A: While students do not wear school uniforms to school, all students are expected to adhere to the school dress code.

Q: Does the school district provide any accommodations for non-native speaking English students?

A: Yes. The Joseph Sears School provides English Language Learner resources for students. Learn more about the program resources on the ELL webpage.

Q: What extracurricular opportunities are available to my child?

A: The Joseph Sears School maintains nearly a dozen standing extracurricular offerings, including programs maintained by community organizations.

Q: Which shots, physicals and vaccinations does my child need prior to the start of school?

A: The school nurse issues a letter containing information about required shots, physicals and vaccinations. The letter can be accessed on the district forms page.


Do you have a question that is not listed above? Contact the Joseph Sears School's Office at 847-256-5006 and a staff member will be happy to assist you.