School Attendance Areas
As authorized by School Code [105 ILCS 5/10-21.3, 10-21.3a, and 10-22.5] the Board of Education establishes attendance boundaries for each attendance center in the District and may adjust attendance boundaries as necessary.
At the September 17, 2018 Regular Action Meeting the Board voted on new school attendance boundaries to take effect for the 2019-2020 school year. The District's interactive boundary map has been updated.
If you are looking to verify school assignment based on an address located in the area formerly known as the Buffer Zone, please use the map located at the New Attendance Boundaries Effective 2019-20 until the interactive map is updated.
At the June 18 Regular Action Meeting the Board voted to eliminate the Buffer Zone and to use proximity as the primary criterion for determining school attendance boundaries to bring each school closer to its target enrollment. No changes will go into effect for the 2018-19 school year; in 2018-19, all District 86 students will attend the school they are currently scheduled to attend.
At the August 6 Committee of the Whole Meeting, the Board voted to use Option 2 of the three options presented to sunset the Buffer Zone attendance area. Option 2 ensures that Buffer Zone families will not have students in different high schools at the same time. The example below illustrates that as long as there is a legacy student or legacy sibling in high school, a younger sibling may attend that same school. The kindergarten student in the example below would attend the school as determined by the school attendance policy, not the legacy school.
The Board decided to use proximity as the sole criterion for determining school attendance boundaries. The Board also decided that the date by which it will confer legacy status will be the same date that the Board votes on school attendance areas.
For purposes of clarity and consistency the Board agreed to use the same criteria for school assignment as it does to establish residency in District 86. Where a family actually resides and intends to live determine residency and the school they will attend.
Board of Education Policy 7:31 School Attendance Areas [originally adopted July 1, 1986] defines the attendance boundaries for Hinsdale South and Hinsdale Central for students eligible to attend Hinsdale Township High School District 86 Schools.
History of the Buffer Zone
In January 1991, Board Policy 7:31 was revised to establish an additional attendance area called the Buffer Zone.
The policy was again revised June 6, 2016, to modify the Buffer Zone and to offer; as a means of easing overcrowding at Hinsdale Central, any student enrolling in Hinsdale Central for the first time the opportunity to elect to attend Hinsdale South beginning with the 2017-2018 school year.
The Buffer Zone is an attendance area of District 86 in which students have had the option to choose as freshmen which high school they would attend for the duration of their high school years–Hinsdale Central High School or Hinsdale South High School.
In response to a petition presented to the Board in March 2016, the Board directed the Policy Committee to review and revise Policy 7:31 to extend the Buffer Zone in an area of the Gower 62 School District and eliminate the Buffer Zone in an area of Community Consolidated School District 181 [CCSD 181]. Policy 7:31 was revised as directed and adopted by the Board June 6, 2016.
All attendance and transfers are subject to the following Board policies:
7:30, 7:31, 7:50, 7:60