Why Give to Countryside?

Gifts are necessary because tuition does not cover all of the facilities, talent, resources and programs that make our independent school so special. This means:

  • Our extensive Professional Development Program for our talented teachers
  • Additional reading and math resources not available in many public schools
  • Up-to-date technology
  • Flexibility to introduce new curriculum units
  • Accommodations for different learning styles
  • And exceptional offerings in everything from the arts to athletics

While a child is in school at Countryside, all this translates into more personal attention, increased intellectual stimulation, better discipline, and more rigor. In the future, it will mean greater credibility behind the academic credentials each individual child will possess throughout life. There are many ways to give at Countryside School, outlined below.

The Excellence Fund

The Excellence Fund is Countryside's annual giving program. It pays for many aspects of the excellent education our students receive, from books to equipment to staff training. These are not "extras." They are integral to the school's high quality and help us achieve our mission. A perfect example is professional development for all faculty and staff—a necessity for any school that wants its staff to keep learning and improving their skills!

Give to the Excellence Fund here

Gym & Performing Arts Center

Gifts earmarked towards the Gym & Performing Arts Center will help us complete the vision that our students experience on a daily basis at Countryside – whether it be for no-cut sports, a poetry slam, or acting out a self-written play. This 13,000 SF addition to our school houses a high school-sized gymnasium with regulation basketball and volleyball courts; a permanent raised stage with professional theatrical lighting and sound; changing rooms; a theatrical makeup room; restrooms; catering kitchen with concessions area; and new administrative office space.

Please contact the Advancement Office if you would like to learn more about this amazing project!

Our Endowment

Gifts to our Endowment ensure we have your support in achieving our mission of Joy in Learning and Excellence in Education for generations to come. Please contact the Advancement Office if you would like to discuss more.

Financial Aid

Help us maintain our strong community of learners through a gift of Financial Aid. Gifts in support of financial aid ensure we have a well-qualified diverse population of talented students.

Give to Financial Aid here

Planned or Deferred Gifts

You can realize significant tax and income benefits through planned and deferred giving. If you would like to learn more about including Countryside in your estate plans, or discuss options for planned and deferred giving, please contact the Advancement Office.

For questions or to submit your giving form, please contact us at

Yes! There are tax advantages to giving! Learn about the benefits of giving for you and your family.

One-of-a-Kind Learning Experience

Countryside attracts an eclectic mix of culturally diverse families actively engaged in their children's educations. Our unique, nontraditional structure – small class sizes and large, combined, team-taught classrooms - is the heart of Countryside.

With all classes, K/1st, 2nd/3rd, 4th/5th, and middle school interacting along one common corridor, our students become a community, all learning and growing together in a shared Countryside experience.

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