Countryside School is an independent school for grades K-8 that fosters high academic achievement, develops creative and critical thinking skills, and emphasizes balanced growth - intellectually, physically, emotionally, and socially – for every student.
What makes us unique?
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.
Kids Come First
Our independence from for-profit ownership, government management, and religious affiliation, allows us to focus our full attention and resources on what matters most – the education of our students. Everything we do here is based on a simple truth – children are naturally curious individuals who love to learn – especially in a fun, challenging, student-centric environment like ours, where they feel safe and respected.
For good kids to become excellent students, they need exceptional teachers to guide them. Countryside attracts and retains some of the best and brightest. Most of our teachers have earned advanced degrees (Master's or PhD) beyond their Bachelor's degree. We provide the professional development, autonomy, resources, and technology our teachers need to transform each class into a learning adventure – and they do it every day.
Countryside's curriculum is unlike any other in the region – incorporating hands-on projects, creative simulations, teamwork, performance, world languages, and physical activity. Countryside teachers collaborate to map an evolving nine-year curriculum interwoven with dynamic classroom experiences designed to challenge and engage inquisitive, high-performing students.
One-of-a-Kind Learning Experience
Countryside attracts an eclectic mix of culturally diverse families actively engaged in their children's educations. Our unique, nontraditional structure – small class sizes and large, combined, team-taught classrooms - is the heart of Countryside. With all classes, K/1st, 2nd/3rd, 4th/5th, and middle school interacting along one common corridor, our students become a community, all learning and growing together in a shared Countryside experience.