Mission and Philosophy

As a non-profit school, we put children first.

Our mission is to combine joy in learning with excellence in education.

We believe that students thrive in a school where intellectual stimulation is high and where individual attention is given in a warm, friendly, and nurturing environment.

We offer a program of strong academics combined with a focused development of study skills. Through a program that emphasizes hands-on, applications-based learning, we seek to involve each student in an active process of discovery, invention, problem-solving, and mastery. The curriculum is designed for students working at or above grade level in all subjects.

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
4301 W. Kirby Ave. Champaign, IL 61822
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