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Welcome to District 96 in Riverside. District 96 is an award-winning elementary school district serving students in pre-K through eighth grade in four elementary schools and one junior high school. Our mission is to provide for each student a challenging education that promotes academic excellence, encourages creativity, develops critical thinking, and fosters respect for self, community, and the environment.

In District 96, families will find highly-qualified, dedicated, caring, and engaging teachers and staff, a rich curriculum enhanced with music and the arts, and schools supported by their PTAs and strong community partners. The District is governed by a seven-member elected Board who serve, without pay, for terms of four years. The Board holds regular monthly meetings that are open to the public.

The District covers an area of approximately four square miles. It is bounded on the east by Harlem Avenue, on the south by 39th Street and Ogden Avenue, on the west by Salt Creek, and on the north by 22nd Street (Cermak Road). The District’s northwest boundary is defined by First Avenue and 26th Street (west of First Avenue).

In May of 2002, the Board of Education revised boundaries for the four elementary schools and approved a flexible boundary plan. The goal is to keep elementary class sizes small and to make optimal use of school facilities. Neighborhood school boundaries and the flexible boundary plan are available in each school office or online at Flexible Boundary Map.

Residency

Students must be valid residents of the school district and provide proof of residency for enrollment. Proof of residency is required at registration.

Kindergarten

District 96 offers half-day kindergarten with morning sessions. at Ames, Central, Blythe Park and Hollywood. Afternoon sessions are offered at Ames, Central, and Blythe Park.  A child must be five years of age on or before September 1st of the year in which the child is to be enrolled in kindergarten. According to School Board Policy children who attain the age of five after September 1st are eligible to attend kindergarten the next year.

Registration

Registration helps verify that only children of District 96 residents attend our schools. It provides an opportunity to share information with and collect information from families that improve communications then and throughout the school year.

Birth Certificate

A certified birth certificate is required for each child entering District 96 for the first time. This applies to all grades kindergarten through eight and for Early Childhood (ECE). U.S. certified birth certificates can be obtained from the state where the document was originally filed. Most states offer online ordering services.

Transfer of School Record

Parents of children who previously attended another district must complete that district’s student transfer form notifying them to transfer student records to District 96.

Transportation

The District does not provide transportation to or from school.

Questions

To learn more, call the principal of your neighborhood school with any questions regarding registration or to arrange a school visit.

School Hours

The School hours are available by clicking the “School Hours” within the Upcoming Events section on each of the School’s home pages.

District Hours

The District’s administrative offices located at 63 Woodside Road, Riverside, Illinois (708-447-5007) are open Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.