Admissions FAQ

Countryside welcomes applications from students at all grade levels.

Each year we admit boys and girls who would benefit from our mission of joy in learning and excellence in education. Although most students enter at kindergarten or sixth grade, some openings occur at other grades as well.

What is the class size?
Countryside School has a capacity of 150 students - a total of 90 in the elementary grades and 60 in middle school. Elementary grades are combined in multi-age classrooms as kindergarten/1st grade, 2nd/3rd grades, and 4th/5th grades, with a primary contact teacher for each grade level. The student:teacher ratio is 15:1 in kindergarten and 1st grade, giving the K/1 classroom 30 students and 2 teachers.

The student:teacher ratio for 2nd through 5th grades is 15:1 or 16:1, but many subject classes are much smaller. The Middle School (6th-8th grade) has a maximum of 60 students, divided into 5 homerooms. Their classes range from 6-18 students per section.

Who does Countryside accept?

To qualify for admission, a student should be working at or above grade level in all subjects and be able to work successfully in the Countryside environment. A kindergarten applicant must be five years old by September 1st and be ready for a full-day academic kindergarten program.

How do I find out more about Countryside?
Countryside holds a Community Open House in October, and separate elementary and middle school information meetings each winter. In addition, parents are encouraged to make appointments with the Admissions Director for individual tours to see the classrooms in action.

How do we enroll?
Countryside School enrolls students through an application process. This procedure helps identify children who will most benefit from the philosophy and goals of the school program.

When do we apply?
Applications are available starting the January before desired fall admission.

How do we apply?
An application consists of a parent tour to learn about the school; parent questionnaire; student questionnaire for applicants to grades 3-8; a teacher recommendation; and copies of past report cards 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 small Saturday group visit (for kindergarten applicants) or for a virtual visit in the classroom (for 1st through 8th grade applicants).

When are applications due? When do we find out admissions decisions?
Applications must be submitted by the end of February for elementary grades or the end of March for middle school grades for consideration in the first round. All applications submitted by the due date are evaluated equally, without regard to "first come, first served." Applications will be considered until all openings are filled. Please check the Admissions Timelines on the "How to Apply" page for further details relating to admissions deadlines.

For which grades do you accept new students?
The two main points of entry to Countryside School are kindergarten, when the class first forms, and 6th grade, where the class capacity expands greatly. Students are admitted to other grades if space is available. Several families usually relocate each year, leaving openings in varied classes.

Do you have a wait list?
If there is no space available for a qualified student, we place them in a wait pool in case an appropriate opening occurs. The wait pool expires when the next admissions season begins.

Countryside does not form a wait pool 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.

It's after the deadline. Can I still apply?
Certainly! Applications submitted after the deadlines will be reviewed if space still remains available after the first round. Call for information about remaining openings. Late applicants for whom there is no space may submit a shortened application, and will be contacted to complete the application if a space subsequently becomes available.


    • ThuFeb04 Elementary Information Night 7:00 PM
    • FriFeb26 Elementary Applications Due
    • ThuMar04 Middle School Information Night 7:00 PM
    • SatMar06 Kindergarten Applicant Screenings
    • WedMar31 Middle School Applications Due
Countryside School
4301 W. Kirby Ave. Champaign, IL 61822
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