Daily School Information Frequently Asked Questions

  • When does the school year start and end?

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    Please check this site's Calendar for the most complete listing of District-wide events throughout the year. Each school's website has an individual calendar as well; please see the Schools section for links to school websites.

    Individual events for the upcoming school year are inserted into the Calendar around July 1 prior to the start of that school year. Until that time, please see the  District 203 Calendars web page to access additional printable calendars, including a one-page School Year Calendar PDF of major dates (beginning/end of school, vacations, holidays, etc.) for the upcoming year.

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  • What are school hours and what is the bell schedule?

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    A.M. Early Childhood: starts 8:30 a.m., dismissed 11:00 a.m.
    P.M. Early Childhood: starts 12:15 p.m., dismissed 2:45 p.m.
    Grades K-5: starts 8:15 a.m., dismissed 2:30 p.m.
    Grades 6-8: starts 8:00 a.m., dismissed 2:50 p.m.
    Grades 9-12: starts 7:45 a.m., dismissed 3:10 p.m.

    High School Daily Bell Schedule

    Period 1: 7:45 - 8:35
    Period 2: 8:41 - 9:34
    Period 3: 9:40 - 10:30
    Period 4: 10:36 - 11:26
    Period 5: 11:32 - 12:22
    Period 6: 12:28 - 1:18
    Period 7: 1:24 - 2:14
    Period 8: 2:20 - 3:10

    High School Late Arrival Schedule

    Period 1: 9:00-9:40 (40 minutes)
    Special period: 9:45-10:15 (30 minutes)
    Period 2: 10:15-10:55 (40 minutes)
    Period 3: 11:00-11:40 (40 minutes)
    Period 4: 11:45-12:20 (35 minutes)
    Period 5: 12:25-1:00 (35 minutes)
    Period 6: 1:05-1:40 (35 minutes)
    Period 7: 1:45-2:25 (40 minutes)
    Period 8: 2:30-3:10 (40 minutes)

    Junior High Bell Schedule
    Junior high bell schedules vary by school. Please see your school's website Bell Schedule page.
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  • What are school hours on half-day Institute days?

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    Early Childhood: No Early childhood classes.

    Half-day Kindergarten: start 8:15 AM, dismissed 10:45 AM

    Full day Kindergarten and Grades 1-5: start 8:15 AM, dismissed 11:35 AM

    Grades 6-8: start 8:00 AM, dismissed 11:15 AM

    Grades 9-12: start 7:45 AM, dismissed 12:00 PM

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  • When are bus pickups on high school Late Arrival days?

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    Buses will pick students up 100 minutes later than their regular pickup times, since classes start at 8:54 (100 minutes later than usual).
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  • On high school Late Arrival days, if necessary can my student arrive at school at the regular time?

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    Yes, if needed your student may be dropped off and arrive at the regular time. Supervised study areas will be available until school begins.  
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  • How does one enroll a student in a District 203 school?

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    Please see the Enrollment section for information.
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  • What are class sizes?

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    Class sizes vary among buildings and among grade levels within one building. At the elementary level, teachers with larger classes usually have assistants. For more information, refer to the District 203 State Report Card. 
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  • Is transportation provided to and from school?

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    Trained and licensed personnel operate and maintain the District 203 fleet of vehicles that transport students to and from schools, athletic events and field trips. Pupils are entitled to transportation to and from school when they reside more than 1.50 miles from their attendance centers. Busing may also be provided if they live within walking distance but encounter qualifying safety hazards en route. Call 630-420-6464 for transportation related questions. 
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  • What is the cut-off age for kindergarten?

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    For information pertaining to children entering Kindergarten, see the Kindergarten Preview section.  
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  • Do the schools have hot lunch programs?

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    Yes; please see the National School Lunch Program page for details.

    District 203 offers free and reduced-price school meals and milk to those students who qualify under the National and Illinois Free School Lunch and Milk Programs.

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  • Is before or after school care available?

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    YMCA's Safe 'n' Sound before/after-school program is operated in some District 203 schools. The Safe 'n' Sound program is available at Elmwood, Highlands, Mill Street, Prairie, Scott and Steeple Run elementary schools. Heritage YMCA registration and payment is handled through the Heritage YMCA.
    Beebe, Ellsworth, Kingsley, Maplebrook, Meadow Glens, Naper, Ranch View and River Woods are sites for the Champions after-school program. Registration for Champions is handled through Champions.
    Inquire at your school for contact information for either group. School phone numbers are available in the Schools section. 
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  • Does District 203 have summer school?

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    Summer school programs are offered for elementary, junior high and high school students. There also are summer band and orchestra lessons, week-long science day camps, and programs for special education students. See the Summer School section for information. 
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  • Is there a Parent Teacher Association in District 203?

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    The Naperville Home & School Association is the local equivalent of the PTA, but it is not associated with any national organization. Home & School Divisions serve each of the schools in District 203. In addition, there is an organization called School Family Community Partnership (SFCP) which does have national affiliation. SFCP has action teams in all schools. 
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  • Are volunteers wanted in District 203 schools?

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    Yes! The following District-wide groups welcome your involvement:

    Naperville Home & School Association
    School Family Community Partnership (SFCP)
    Naperville Education Foundation
    HURRAH (Happy Upbeat Retirees [& other] Residents Actively Helping)
    Business Partnerships

    Additional opportunities are available at individual schools.

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  • How can I apply for employment in District 203?

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    Please see the Human Resources section of this website. 
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