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"

Religious Affiliation


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

217.355.1253 (phone)
217.355.7492 (fax)

Head of School

Krystal Young - Interim Head of Administration
Chris Antonsen - Interim Head of Middle School
Stacy Kirby - Interim Head of Elementary School

Daily Schedule

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

12-15 students

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

Teaching Faculty

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.

Nondiscrimination Policy

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, sexual identity, race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its education policies, admission policies, scholarship programs, and athletic or other school-administered programs.

Beyond Countryside

Our graduates attend local public and private schools including Champaign Centennial, Champaign Central, Urbana, Mahomet-Seymour, St. Thomas More and University Laboratory High School.

College Matriculation

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)
    Bryn Mawr
    University of California - Berkley
    Cal Tech
    Carnegie Mellon
    University of Chicago
    Cleveland Institute of Music
    Eastern Illinois University
    Haverford College
    Illinois Institute of Technology
    University of Illinois
    Illinois Wesleyan
    Indiana University
    University of Kansas
    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Miami University (Ohio)
    University of Michigan
    Michigan State
    Mount Holyoke
    New York University
    Northwestern University
    Oxford (England)
    Parkland College
    Parsons School of Design
    University of Pennsylvania
    Penn State
    Sarah Lawrence
    University of Southern California
    Southern Illinois University
    United States Naval Academy
    Washington University (St. Louis)
    University of Wisconsin

Kids Come First

Our independence from government management, religious affiliation, and for-profit ownership 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.

Countryside School
4301 W. Kirby Ave. Champaign, IL 61822
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