How to Apply

An application for admission consists of:

  • parent tour to learn about the school
  • parent questionnaire
  • teacher recommendation
  • student questionnaire, for applicants to grades 3-8
  • photocopies of the last year's and current year's report cards
  • standardized test scores (if available) 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 group visit (for kindergarten applicants) or to a virtual visit in the classroom (for 1st through 8th grade applicants).

Applications are available starting the January before desired fall admission, and must be submitted by the end of February for elementary grades or the end of March for middle school grades. All applications submitted by the due date are evaluated equally, without regard to "first come, first served." Applications submitted after the deadlines will be reviewed until all openings are filled.

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.

Admissions Timeline
Nov. 8

"Discover Countryside" VIRTUAL Open House
Nov. 9

Start of individual VIRTUAL tours
early January
Applications available

For applicants to Kindergarten - 5th grade
Feb. 4

Information Meeting (webinar) about grades K-5
Feb. 26

Applications due

Start of virtual visits for applicants for grades 1-5
March 6
Visits for Kindergarten applicants - small groups, masks required, socially distanced
Decisions will be communicated 1-2 weeks after the student visit.

For applicants to 6th - 8th grade
March 4
Information Meeting (webinar) about grades 6-8
March 31
Applications due
Start of virtual visits for applicants for grades 6-8
Decisions will be communicated 1-2 weeks after the student visit.

NOTE: Safety is our utmost concern. Any in-person student visits will require masks and social distancing

Applications for financial aid should be submitted at the same time as the application for admission. Families will be notified of their aid award in the same packet as their acceptance. Applications received after the deadline will be reviewed only if space remains available.


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    • 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
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4301 W. Kirby Ave. Champaign, IL 61822
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