Governance and Accreditation

Countryside is non-profit and fully accredited.


Countryside School exists as a not-for-profit corporation under the laws of the State of Illinois. There are no owners. The school is governed by a Board of Directors, which is responsible for long term strategic planning. The Board of Directors hires the Head (the principal), who manages the daily operation of the School.

Countryside School is fully accredited through the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, is a member of the Illinois Coalition of Non-Public Schools, and is recognized by the Illinois State Board of Education. The extensive ISACS accreditation process, which must be repeated every seven years, assures that the school adheres to the highest quality educational and operational standards, and it holds the school accountable for achieving our mission: Joy in Learning, Excellence in Education.

First and Only Accredited Independent School

Countryside School is the region's premier, private elementary school. Founded in 1992 by parents who expected more of elementary education, Countryside was Central Illinois' first ISACS-accredited school.

Over two decades later, Countryside is still Champaign-Urbana's only nonprofit, nonsectarian, ISACS-accredited independent school.

Countryside School K-8
4301 W. Kirby Ave. Champaign, IL 61822
217.355.1253
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