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.

Chicago Public Schools Information


Registration Procedures and Checklist


Neighborhood Boundary Policies

All children enrolled in our neighborhood program must live within the Skinner West boundaries and abide by the CPS attendance boundary policy.

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 important information to our parents is through our weekly newsletter. To subscribe:

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School Fees

Student fees for the 2023-2024 school year are $125 per child and cover costs for:

  • Instructional materials and supplemental resources

  • Education technology (IXL, iReady, Flocabulary, Desmos, and Quaver)

  • Consumable workbooks

  • Novels and magazine subscriptions

  • Field trip transportation (minimum 1 field trip per homeroom fully funded)

  • Equipment and supplies for ancillary and extracurricular classes (art, music, PE, world language, S.T.E.M., and dance)

This fee does not include special events fees, such as 8th grade graduation fees and overnight field trips.

Fees are due October 31, 2023, and can be paid via ePAY. After you submit payment, send a screenshot to Mrs. Campbell at and your child’s homeroom teacher.


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

Superstar safety is our number one priority. We ask that anyone dropping off or picking up children, watch for pedestrians, listen to the staff outside of the building, and follow our procedures.


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!

Skinner West is ranked as a Top 10 school in Illinois! Skinner West ranked 7th among 2,202 elementary schools in Illinois and 1,430 middle schools in Illinois, with 99.2% of Skinner West students meeting or exceeding state standards! The rankings are based on the Sun-Times' analysis of state achievement test data, and reflects the average scores of students within each school. Congratulations to Skinner West's students, faculty, administration, and parents for Skinner West's continued success.