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Countryside School

Private | K-8 | 144 students


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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $192,000. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $1,010.

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Posted October 10, 2013

We've had kids at this school for three years and I am very pleased with the education they are getting. The teachers and staff are so attentive and caring. They create an environment that kids love and it makes the kids love learning. Yes, the kids work above grade level and learn interesting things, but it's the love of and interest in their own education that leaves a mark on their lives.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 24, 2012

Countryside ranks as the best K-8 school in the community. The teachers are smart, nurturing and bring out the best in the students. We've had two children with very different strengths attend this school since kindergarten, and both have soared academically and socially at C-side and now in high school. My kids loved going to school here because of the hands-on learning. The head of the school stays on top of school trends and enables teachers to bring innovation and creativity to their classes. Also, it's the only non-sectarian, not-for-profit, academically challenging school in town. A governing board made up largely of parents has governed the school since its inception 20 years ago. Even more amazing, each and every year, the head of school solicits written comments from the parents regarding the school's strengths and weaknesses and actually follows up on what is written!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 2, 2011

A great school. Our 2 boys have each spent 7 years at Countryside. Unlike any other public or private school . A diverse population of kids who are given the freedom and resources to excel. Math counts went to state competition , sports are fun, emphasis on academics , but with a compassion that is rarely seen in other venues. Usual for a high percentage of countryside students to be admitted to University Laboratory High School, one of the nations premier high schools.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted February 17, 2009

I looked at this school and it was amazing. The odyssey of the mind and 'outdoor break' are great for the kids. This school is wonderful and different.

Posted November 26, 2008

Countryside was a wonderful experience for our family. The administration and staff are experienced, knowledgeable, approachable, and caring, and the academics are very strong. The return was well worth the cost of tuition.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 24, 2008

Countryside is a very positive alternative to the public and private schools in Champaign-Urbana and the surrounding area. As far as I know, it is the only significant non-profit and non-sectarian school in C-U, funded solely by tuition and contributions from families and friends.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 15, 2008

Our two children have thrived at Countryside.A caring and warm environment with challenging academics which are tailored to meet the individual needs of the student. The kids there are a diverse lot and the parents are very involved.All schools should be as well run as this school .
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 8, 2008

Countryside fails to deliver on any of it's promises. The staff and administrators selectively support and nurture favored students and allow others to fend for themselves. It is not uncommon for students to have vastly different experiences. While the classic education is on par for the community the expectations for respect and character building are seldom met. Indeed bullying is common, in our experience and goes unchallenged. We would never recommend this school to anyone.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 31, 2007

Countryside delivers the highest quality education in Champaign County, is known for its caring and family friendly atmosphere, and is in *outstanding* financial health. We have three children there, and there is no doubt that this school will be delivering excellent education in a nurturing atmosphere for generations to come.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 31, 2007

We send our daughters to Countryside and are absolutely in love with this school. Not only are the academics incredibly strong, but the school has a very friendly and open atmosphere, where every teacher and staff member knows the name of every student (and usually also the names of siblings and parents!) It is the most nurturing environment we could imagine. I wish I had been so fortunate to attend a school like this!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 31, 2007

My child has been at Countryside School for almost 7 years and I love nearly everything about the place. The facilities, the curriculum, the atmosphere, the administration, the teaching methodologies are all terrific. I especially love the focus on the basics. It's like the 3 R's but more rigorous and sophisticated than anything I ever got when I was that age. Countryside offers a much higher level of basic education. The thing I like best about this school is that my child loves it! I've never heard 'I don't want to go to school'. I've only heard 'When will break be over so that I can go back?'
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 13, 2007

A great school.We have 2 sons who have attended Countryside, one k-7, one k-4. We are very pleased with the environment at the school. We find the school administrators and teachers extremely sensitive to the school environment and culture. The head of the school and the teaching staff at very accessible.The school and the teachers encourage feedback at every turn. My older son emails is teachers and they respond, and encourage such communication. They really get to know our kids well.The focus is on students and academics. Great cultural diversity and a low student /teacher ratio are real experience enhancers. The school sends a message that 'its cool to be smart and creative'.There are academic enrichment opportunities at every turn. The teachers are superior. The parents are dedicated and involved .A great school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 2, 2007

Caution required before enrolling at Countryside. - mover - Dec 2, 2007 As a former Countryside School board member, board v.p. and board president over a period of 6.5 years I am saddened to say that in spite of efforts to stop this, the school has deteriorated, lost sight of it's mission, failed to stop bullying on it's campus, and taken some, at least in my opinion, very questionable financial moves that place the future of the school at risk. If I were today considering the enrollment of a child at this school, I would be seriously concerned as to whether the school would still be in business year to year. Annual steep increases in that tuition should be anticipated if one enrolls a child here. It is time for Countryside to disclose anticipated tuition increases required to keep this school afloat.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted December 17, 2006

Grades from K-8. Grades K-5 are combined classes (K/1, 2/3, 4/5) followed by 6/7/8. Excellent, caring teachers and staff. School recently expanded in 2005.
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Posted November 14, 2006

I was a former student at Countryside School, and I must say that it was very enjoyable. The environment was great and I learned a great deal. The best years of countryside for me, was during the seventh grade. I felt extremely safe during the middle school years. The teachers were excellent and they cared about us. And the care showed as well. I am now Uni High, and i miss Countryside Terribly!
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 3, 2006

Quality of academic programs is outstanding, with valuable individualized attention. Extracurricular activities are very good for a school of this size, with interesting and challenging alternatives. Parent involvement opportunities abound, with most families very active participants in school activities.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 12, 2005

We are absolutely thrilled with Countryside School. Our child has now completed two years at Countryside (K and 1), and we could not be happier. The class sizes are small (about 14-16 per grade level), the teachers and staff are outstanding, the students are at or above grade level, and the activities are plentiful. Countryside is a very close 'community' -- parents are quite involved (in a positive way!), and every teacher and staff member knows every child in the school. Countryside really delivers on its promise of delivering 'joy in learning' and 'excellence in education.' Our child absolutely loves going to Countryside every day, and is finding learning to be a joyful and engaging experience. The K/1 teachers are phenomenally nurturing at the same time that they are teaching our child so much. We could not be happier with Countryside!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 11, 2005

Countryside provides an outstanding education that combines academic rigor with fun in learning. The small class size allows teachers to devote time to each student and the broad curriculum provides each student the chance to develop his/her own special talents. Extracurricular activities include: chess, chorus, math club, soccer, volleyball and basketball. Children participate in science fairs, plays, musical performances, and Invent America. Parental involvement in the classroom is welcomed and encouraged. Teachers and administrators are excellent. In my opinion, Countryside is a good investment in my child's future.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted May 11, 2005

We have been part of the Countryside family for 8 years and have all been very happy with the Countryside experience. The Countryside program is excellent, with creative and very caring teachers and staff. It has been a 'front-end investment' in our child's education and we have appreciated the opportunity for this truly superb education.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 29, 2004

Grades from K-8. Grades K-5 are combined classes (K/1, 2/3, 4/5) followed by 6/7/8. K/1 and 4/5 teachers are particularly excellent.
—Submitted by a parent

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Ethnicity This school State average
White 44% 51%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 32% 4%
Two or more races 17% 3%
Black 3% 18%
Hispanic 2% 24%
American Indian/Alaska Native 1% 0%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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4301 West Kirby Avenue
Champaign, IL 61822
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