New Parent Information

Welcome to Skinner West! This page will help you find the information you need as you make your transition to our elementary school.


Registration Procedures and Checklist

Learn more about Skinner West’s Classical and Neighborhood programs.

CPS’ elementary school checklist will help you prepare for the first day of school.

Skinner communications team has developed a one-pager for new families to help you prepare for the new school year.

Neighborhood Boundary Policies

All children enrolled in our neighborhood program must abide by the CPS attendance boundary policy. You may also visit CPS’ website for additional details about the policies. 

On the CPS site:

  • Click on ‘Find a School’ and then enter ‘Skinner West in the search field’

Minimum Health Requirements

Students entering preschool, kindergarten, 6th grade or students entering an Illinois school for the first time must submit proof of immunizations and health exams to Skinner West. Complete details are listed on our forms page.

Skinner Newsletter

One of the main methods of communicating to our parents about weekly activities and updates is through our Thursday evening email newsletter: the Skinner Week-at-a-Glance Newsletter.  Please enter your email address(es) on the bottom of our home page to subscribe.  Past newsletters are also posted to our website.

You can also text SKINNERNEWS to 22828  (messaging and data rates may apply).

School Fees

School fees are due within 30 days of the start of the school year. Fees can be paid via a check payable to "Skinner West" and dropped off with your teacher.

You may also pay your school fees online

School Supply Lists

School supply lists by grade level are listed on our website. School supplies can be dropped off on ‘Supply Drop-off Day” or on the first day of school in your child's classroom.  More information will be shared in our weekly newsletter.  Please remember, each student is also responsible for ancillary and art supplies.

Drop-Off and Pick-Up Procedures

Additional Drop Off procedures will be added for 2019-2020 school year

Get Involved: Room Parents & Other Volunteer Opportunities

Room parents are volunteers in each classroom from K- 8th grade and for ancillary classes:  library, art, science and foreign language.  If you're interested in being a room parent or co-parent coordinator, please contact our room parent coordinators, Kavita Rao and Sabrina Wing.  Many more volunteer opportunities are listed under the “Get Involved” section of this website.

New Parent Questions

If you have other questions, we invite you to send an email to the communications team titled it, "New Parent Question."  Parent volunteers will attempt to answer your questions within 48 hours. Your patience is appreciated!