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Kindergarten Enrollment

Welcome to the exciting world of kindergarten at Hawthorn District 73! Here, we embark on a remarkable journey filled with learning, discovery, and fun. Our kindergarten program is designed to nurture young minds, fostering a love for learning and a strong foundation for academic success. Only children who turn 5 years old on or before September 1 are eligible for kindergarten for the upcoming school year. Information regarding early entrance can be found on our Early Entrance page. As future Hawthorn Eagles, your little ones will spread their wings in a caring, supportive environment. Get ready for a year of unforgettable experiences, growth, and the joy of learning!

Upcoming Events For Kindergarteners!

Kindergarten Registration School Fees 

*Fees will not be collected at the time of registration. Fees will be added to the Parent PowerSchool portal after September 15.

  • Registration Fee: $138 (Register before May 1 to receive a 10% discount)
  • Technology Fee: $75 

Do you anticipate needing assistance with fees? Apply for Free & Reduced status below. 

Financial Assistance


Please contact the Registrar at 847-990-4200.


How Do I Register my Kindergartener for the 2023-24 School Year?

Kindergarten Registration is a three-step process. Please know that all three steps are required before your child is fully registered with Hawthorn School District 73.

Step One

Complete the required Pre-Registration form.

Pre-Registration Form

Keep an eye out for the “Next Steps” email, which will have everything you need to guide you through the final steps of your registration journey!

Step Two

All families who pre-registered will receive an email with directions to set up an in-person registration appointment with the district registrars. For that appointment, you will need to provide an original birth certificate and a photo ID, passport or driver’s license. We are unable to accept photocopies or submissions via email. 

Appointments will take place at the district office, 841 West End Court, Vernon Hills, between the hours of 8:30 a.m.–3 p.m., Monday-Friday. Please plan at least 45 minutes for your in-person appointment.

Step Three

Please complete steps one and two by March 18 to be considered in the Hawthorn School of Dual Language lottery and to secure a smooth journey into the next school year. As we navigate behind the scenes to prepare for another fantastic school year, we ask for your patience. Stay tuned for updates from your principals over the summer!

Please note: Hawthorn District 73 has contracted with a third-party vendor to automatically verify student address information for all NEW students/families using the information provided by families in their online registration. We anticipate the majority of families will be successfully verified without needing to provide any additional forms or documentation. However, if additional documentation is needed, linked here is a list of acceptable residency documentation. If there is any question regarding a student’s residency within the District 73 boundaries, the family will be contacted directly and the district will require additional documentation to verify where the student is living. 

Early Enrollment