COVID-19 building closure: As we do our part to help flatten the curve and stop the spread of COVID-19, our students are engaged in remote learning. Currently, the building is closed until at least April 30.
The best way to see what Countryside is doing during this time is to engage with us on social media: Countryside Facebook
To learn how we are delivering our classes digitally: E-Learning during COVIDTo see our basic school communications: COVID-19 Updates
Middle School Applications: Applications are due March 31. With the building currently closed, please submit applications via email to our Admissions Director, Judy Kaplan, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Scan or photograph each page and email to Judy Kaplan
- Send photo of your child to Judy Kaplan
- Ask your recommender to email the teacher recommendation directly to Judy Kaplan
- Mail your check for the application fee to the school
Questions? Email us: email@example.com
At a Glance
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.
1992 – Celebrating 26 years of joy in learning!
"Joy in Learning and Excellence in Education"
Accreditations & Affiliations
ASCD - Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development
ICNS – Illinois Coalition of Non-Public Schools
IESA – Illinois Elementary School Association
IMEA – Illinois Music Education Association
ISACS – Independent Schools Association of the Central States
ISBE – Illinois State Board of Education
ISM - Independent School Management
NAIS – National Association of Independent Schools
Champaign County Chamber of Commerce
We are located at 4301 W. Kirby Avenue - the corner of Kirby Avenue and Staley Road - in Champaign.
Phone and Fax Number
Head of School
Krystal Young - Interim Head of Administration
Chris Antonsen - Interim Head of Middle School
Stacy Kirby - Interim Head of Elementary School
Students may arrive as early as 7:45. Official school day is from 8:10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The Extended Day program is from 3 p.m. – 5:45 p.m.
Trying to contact us in the summer? Our summer office hours are 9-noon each weekday.
Our Elementary School has a capacity of 88 students and our Middle School has a capacity of 60 for a total enrollment of 148 students.
Average Class Size
What sets us apart?
- Only ISACS-accredited K-8 school in Central Illinois
- Small class size
- Combined age classrooms – K/1st, 2nd/3rd, 4th/5th & middle school with 5 homerooms
- Challenging, creative academics
- High school sized gym and performing arts center
- Emphasis on character building
- Beautiful 14 acre campus with playgrounds and soccer fields
- Competitive, no-cut policy sports program at grades 4 – 8
- World language choice & instruction at all levels (Chinese, Spanish & Latin)
- Project based, hands on curriculum
- Tornado shelter
- Financial aid available
Our outstanding faculty members are selected for their enthusiasm, knowledge, and ability to nurture young minds. All elementary teachers have bachelor's or master's degrees and have completed a college teacher education program. Our middle school teachers have degrees in their specialties, often including advanced degrees. In addition, we have an excellent professional development program. Each year our faculty attends conferences and workshops to further their professional growth. There is very low faculty turnover.
Countryside School admits academically qualified students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.
Our graduates attend local public and private schools including Champaign Centennial, Champaign Central, Urbana, Mahomet-Seymour, St. Thomas More and University Laboratory High School.
Our alumni have attended the University of Illinois and over 80 other colleges and universities. Several of these outstanding institutions listed below:
American University of Cairo (Egypt)
University of California - Berkley
University of Chicago
Cleveland Institute of Music
Eastern Illinois University
Illinois Institute of Technology
University of Illinois
University of Kansas
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Miami University (Ohio)
University of Michigan
New York University
Parsons School of Design
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
Southern Illinois University
United States Naval Academy
Washington University (St. Louis)
University of Wisconsin