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 group visit (for kindergarten applicants) or to visit for a day in the classroom (for first through eighth grade applicants). Further assessments will be done during this visit.

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.

Qualified applicants for whom no space is available will be placed in that year's wait pool in case an appropriate opening occurs. The wait pool expires when the next admissions season begins.

Countryside does not form a wait list 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
October Start of individual tours for parents to visit classrooms
October 20, 2019
Discover Countryside Open House 2 - 4 p.m.
early January
Applications available

For applicants to Kindergarten - 5th grade
February 6, 2020
Information Meeting about grades K-5
February 28, 2020
Applications due
Start of daylong class visits for applicants to grades 1-5
March 7, 2020
Group visit for Kindergarten applicants
Decisions will be communicated 1-2 weeks after the student visit.

For applicants to 6th - 8th grade
March 5, 2020
Information Meeting about grades 6-8
March 31, 2020
Applications due
Start of daylong class visits for applicants to grades 6-8
Decisions will be communicated 1-2 weeks after the student visit.

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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    • SunNov08 Discover Countryside Community Open House webinar - stay tuned to our website for info
    • 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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