Residency Requirements

Prior to enrollment, each student must present evidence that he/she may attend school in the District on a tuition-free basis.

Requirements and actions that MUST be completed to establish residency:

  • Must present a certified or registered birth certificate for the student
  • Must present proof of residency within the District by providing three documents as listed below:
  1. Driver's License with home address in the District
  2. Home ownership title or deed
  3. Apartment lease
  4. Voter registration
  5. Utility bills (water, electric, gas) within the past three (3) months
  6. Automobile insurance with the home address in the District

Telephone and cable bills are not accepted as proof of residency.

These items of identification will be reviewed by the District employee interviewing the parents/guardians at the time of registration.  A parent/guardian MUST complete the steps to verify residency prior to a child being enrolled.  Please plan accordingly.

Anyone with a custody order seeking to enroll a student MUST present a court order, agreement, judgment or decree that awards or gives custody of the student to any person (including divorce decrees awarding custody to one or both parents).

For more information about our residency policies and procedures, including the process to appeal a finding of non-residency, please
click here.

Establishing Residency for Students Living With Someone Other Than a Parent

If a student is living with an individual other that the parent(s), the District may require the parents and/or guardians of the student to complete Affidavits of Residency and produce additional proof of legal residency.  In situations where the student and his/her parent(s) reside with a family member, such as a grandparent, aunt, or uncle, the person who owns or rents the residence must complete the Student Residency Affidavit at the time of registration.

Information for Students Who Are Homeless

If a student registers as a homeless individual, the District shall enroll the child even if the child is unable to produce records normally required for enrollment.  The District shall request such information as it deems necessary to determine whether such person meets the definition of a homeless individual as set out by Board of Education Policy.

Important:
The Lake Bluff School District reserves the right to evaluate the evidence presented, and merely presenting the items listed does not guarantee admission.

Warning

In accordance with Illinois law, a person who knowingly enrolls or attempts to enroll in the schools of the District on a tuition-free basis a student known by that person to be a non-resident of the District is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.  This criminal penalty does not apply to a person enrolling a foreign exchange student or the Guardianship Administrator of the Department of Children and Family Services.

In accordance with Illinois law, a person who knowingly or willfully presents to any school district any false information regarding the residency of a student for the purpose of enabling that student to attend any school in that district without the payment of a non-resident tuition charge is guilty of a Class C misdemeanor.  The administrator shall refer to the appropriate criminal justice office any instances of suspected violations of the above provisions.

The administrator shall refer to the appropriate criminal justice office any instances of suspected violations of the above provisions.