How to Apply

An application for admission consists of:

  • parent tour to learn about the school
  • parent questionnaire
  • teacher recommendation
  • student questionnaire, for applicants to grades 3-8
  • photocopies of the last year's and current year's report cards
  • standardized test scores (if available) for applicants to grades 1-8

Once the written application is reviewed, qualified applicants for whom there is a potential opening will be invited for a group visit (for kindergarten applicants) or to visit for a day in the classroom (for first through eighth grade applicants). Further assessments will be done during this visit.

Applications are available starting the January before desired fall admission, and must be submitted by the end of February for elementary grades or the end of March for middle school grades. All applications submitted by the due date are evaluated equally, without regard to "first come, first served." Applications submitted after the deadlines will be reviewed until all openings are filled.

Qualified applicants for whom no space is available will be placed in that year's wait pool in case an appropriate opening occurs. The wait pool expires when the next admissions season begins.

Countryside does not form a wait list prior to review of applications. However, we do maintain a list of interested families and their contact information, so that we can send invitations to information meetings and applications when available each winter.

Admissions Timeline
November 6, 2016
Community Open House 2 - 4 p.m.
November
Start of individual tours for parents to visit classrooms
early January
Applications available



For applicants to Kindergarten - 5th grade
February 2, 2017
Information Meeting about grades K-5
February 24, 2017
Applications due
March
Start of daylong class visits for applicants to grades 1-5
March 11, 2017
Group visit for Kindergarten applicants
Decisions will be communicated 1-2 weeks after the student visit.



For applicants to 6th - 8th grade
March 9, 2017
Information Meeting about grades 6-8
March 31, 2017
Applications due
April
Start of daylong class visits for applicants to grades 6-8
Decisions will be communicated 1-2 weeks after the student visit.

Applications for financial aid should be submitted at the same time as the application for admission. Families will be notified of their aid award in the same packet as their acceptance. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed only if space remains available.

Events

    • SunNov05 Community Open House 2:00 PM to 4:00 PMat the school
Countryside School K-8
4301 W. Kirby Ave. Champaign, IL 61822
217.355.1253
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