USD #116 Ask Me – Q&A page


Dr. Owen, Superintendent of Urbana School District #116 and his Tiger Staff are looking to answer your questions about Urbana Schools, education in general, blogging as the superintendent, and the weather! Ask your question here! Answers will be posted below.  If you have a questions that needs an individual response, please include your name and contact information (phone and/or email).  Names and contact information will not be published with the questions on the web site.


What is the total enrollment for the school district? 27. June 2017

A:  Thanks for your question!  USD #116 enrollment sits at 4,449 students (2016-17 school year).  This includes our six elementary schools, middle school, and high school.  Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) does a good job keeping track of district enrollment figures and demographics at the Illinois School Report Card web site.

what is the first day of school next year 11. May 2017

A:  Thanks for your question.

First day of attendance for students in grades 1st through 6th and 9th, and half of the kindergarten students for the 2017-18 school year will be Friday, August 18th.  On Monday, August 21, all high school and middle school students, and the other half of kindergarten students will be in attendance, and Urbana Early Childhood School begins. All students will be in attendance by Tuesday, August 22nd.  More information can be found on the USD #116 calendar page:


What is the official last day of school for UHS and UMS students? 28. April 2017

A:  Thanks for your question!  Barring any unforeseen events that would close schools between now and the end of May, the official last day of school is Thursday, May 25 for all Urbana Elementary schools, UMS, and UHS.  Urbana High School Commencement ceremony will be that Saturday, May 27, 11am at the State Farm Center.

More information can always be found on the Urbana 116 Calendar page: USD #116 Calendar

My 4th grade son has autism. Does a district have any social skills groups that he could join? 30. March 2017

A:  Thank you for the question!  If you have questions about possible supports or programs for your son, please contact the building principal or social worker at the school where he attends.

Is it possible to register a kid for Kindergarten if s/he turns five by the end of December? 25. January 2017

A:  Thank you for contacting the Urbana School District.  In the state of Illinois, for a child to attend Kindergarten, they must be 5 by September 1.  Children who turn 5 after that date, can register for the following school year.  Our school year runs from August to May.

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