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PK-12
Private
Rockford, IL
Students enrolled: 291
 

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1 Jacoby Place
Rockford, IL 61107

(815) 399-8823
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May 11, 2015
The faculty and administration at Keith School are hard working and dedicated to improving the lives of their students. Their middle school program successfully combines academic rigor with a continuing love of learning. Teachers and administrators are available not only during the school day but also nights and weekends when students or parents have questions or concerns. Students are offered the chance to take foreign languages, economics, art, theater and music classes along with the traditional core subjects. They all are encouraged to try new subjects and are strongly supported by teachers. Student leadership and independence are fostered and encouraged.

- submitted by a parent

April 29, 2015
As a member of this school since 2002, I have worked for a number of Heads of School, many were great personalities and excellent advocates for our school. Unfortunately, they were unable or unwilling to make difficult decisions to help improve our school. Inheriting this, Dr. Dimke has made difficult choices to lead our school, as have many schools continuing to be affected by our regions 'Great Recession'. Change can be perceived as negative, but those at our school, who know and love it, know we are in the best shape (program and financially) we have been in for quite some time.

- submitted by a teacher

April 29, 2015
As you can read, I am a faculty member at Keith and have proudly taught here since 2008 after spending several years teaching in other local schools. As with any school that strives to be innovative, it is this faculty s perspective that our challenges offer us opportunities for innovation. There is confidence and love from all who have benefited from having a fully-accredited, independent, nonsectarian, college-preparatory school in our community. The passion for our programs come from current and alumni families who share resources and services generously, a faculty and staff that are encouraged and directed by effective leadership to innovate curriculum and instruction, and an overall program that truly values a renaissance-based education. We can only offer the advice of doing your own research and due diligence before drawing conclusions from anonymous sites like these. If you want statistics of true constituent surveys, performance evaluations, curriculum samples, or faculty profiles, contact the school at 815-399-8850, stop by for a visit to our beautiful and friendly campus or visit our website at www.keithschool.net.We would love to show you what we truly about, thank you!

- submitted by a teacher

April 28, 2015
I'm a former Keith parent having just decided not to renew our contract for 2015-16. I think its interesting to read the reviews here because nearly everything from 2012 on is negative. 2009 to 2012 seems positive and prior to 2009, most reviews are positive with the exception of a mix in 2008. Having been a parent at the school for most of these periods (we started in second semester 2008 in cottage), I would say the reviews are definitely reflective of who the head of school has been during these times. Betty Geisen -- not so good. Alan Gibby -- very good. Debra Dimke -- clearly bad.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2015
This school honestly sucks, don't send anyone to this school, they're broke and all they care about is volleyball. Faculty kids are treated like kings.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2015
This school is on a sharp decline and doesnt look like it will stop anytime soon. They fired the best teachers and the last two headmasters were great. The student body constantly complains about cetain aspects of the school yet they still do nothing to fix it. The only things the school cares about is their image, volleyball, and theatre. The faculty is honestly so under qualified it is ridiculous. They hire young teachers with no experience and sometimes with a degree that doesn't even meet with what they are teaching. An example is a math teacher that taught here had a Russian literature degree. The head of school also seems very fake and the board of administration is just a bunch of parents that hire and fire who they don't like or like. They can not handle money that well and I honestly don't see this school existing in the future. The only thing making this school even run is parents donating large sums of cash. So the only reason I would send my chold here is if they play volleyball or LOVE theatre but even some public schools can match these departments.

- submitted by a student

March 07, 2015
The beautiful thing about this country, city, and school is the choices and opportunities we are given. Is everything perfect? No, of course not, that is not the world we live in. But for the educational options we have in Rockford I believe Keith is the best option for my child. We have been with the school for 5 years and I believe my child has been given many opportunities that he may not have experienced if he would have been in a public school. The curriculum and teachers challenge him to be the best student he can be. I believe a good relationship between the child, teacher, and parent make a difference. If I ever have an issue with my child's progress the teachers are easy to contact and very responsive. The Arts, Sports, and extracurricular groups offer a great variety. Because there is such a small student body, many of these kids are in multiple activities at any given time and are able to manage everything including their schoolwork. We as parents along with the school are preparing our children for their future and for my child and I Keith Country Day School meets our needs. Freedom of choice is a wonderful thing, so we choose to be Keith Cougars!!

- submitted by a parent

August 13, 2014
This is the worst school one could send their child to. The teachers are not qualified nor are they good teachers at all. The teachers often have favorites and treat their students accordingly. The administration is horrible at decision making and so is the headmaster. Also, volleyball players and theater kids often get better treatment than the rest of the students, and one will notice this if they walk into the gym or the commons. This school is not worth the amount of money it charges to attend the school, and I see myself as a credible source seeing that I've attended the school for many years.

- submitted by a community member

May 28, 2014
I have been going to Keith since kindergarten. I am a freshman now. I love the school now the same way I did when I was in lower school. I have never met a situation where it was not dealt with properly by the faculty there. The classes and curriculum are excellent. One of the things I admire most about the school is you make a personal connection with the teachers, and your not just a number. Another thing I noticed is that all the grades socialize with each other witch I don't think you get often at other schools. I feel like the people that write bad reviews are the ones that have been there a while, and are just getting bored with it so they are trying to come up an excuse to be mad. I would agree that the one department that needs help is Spanish. If people are leaving Keith for social reasons what I have noticed is you may have more "friends" at other schools but you wont make a connection with them like you would at Keith. So you would have a smaller amount of really close die hard friends versus a large amount of people you just hang out with. I'm not saying you wont make relationships with people at other schools you can but not like the ones you would have at Keith.

- submitted by a community member

May 01, 2014
My child has attended Keith for years. The weakness in leadership at the school has been evident from the beginning. The principals of the school seem to do little to ensure that teachers are fulfilling their responsibilities. So, if your child's teacher is doing everything s/he should - you are lucky. If your child's teacher is not doing everything they should, then tough luck. For most of the elementary grades, we got lucky. Our child was in small classes (10-13 students) and we got the strong teachers for the early grades. In late elementary, the education was absolutely ordinary, but our child was in a nice, safe community and we valued that. But, our view of Keith has changed RADICALLY during the middle school years. It took time to pick up on this, but we realized that the culture in the upper school is extremely permissive. Discipline is almost non-existent. Exmaple: students (and teachers!!) spend a lot of time playing video games during the day because even though the internet does not allow access, they download them at home to their computer. Some teachers are good, but those who are not are not forced to do their jobs. Keith is squandering their reputation.

- submitted by a parent

January 11, 2014
Keith is one of the greatest places you can attend for the academics. But the social life is terrible, there are no secrets before you know it the entire middle and high school knows your secret. Really the only way i began to make friends was by joining volleyball. Keith is one of the most un fair schools I could imagine if you have a parent committed to the school you could literally sell drugs right in front of the head of school and she would act like she didn't see it. Drugs have also become a problem in some social groups at keith but it is not terrible and not everyone does it. The students can be awful to each other. But the academics are amazing in some categories and lacking in other the french and spanish departments are struggling. All of the other classes are amazing especially the latin and greek departments. I am currently in 8th grade and looking to go to boylan for high school for a better social experience but am very afraid of leaving this little school that i have grown up inside of

- submitted by a community member

April 03, 2013
Keith School seems to be struggling, in many ways. I have been a parent there for many years. I thought the school went well beyond what other schools offer. I now realize that the only real difference is the small class size, in comparison to public schools. There are many dedicated educators at Keith. There are also teachers there who are not accomplished in the classes they teach. These are the teachers who are bringing the school down. Parental involvement is great! Many stay at home Moms are the driving force, and the influence. I believe many of the fund raising events are dwindling. There will always be the affluent who will pick up the slack. The "higher ups" need to begin listening to the parents about problems that have occurred. Ignoring them does not make them go away! And parents do not forget! Our children are our future! We are looking for the best education we can find for our children. It now appears that money cannot buy the best, as some may think! And we, as parents, are realizing we have not been getting our money's worth! Could be why enrollment is now suffering!

- submitted by a parent

March 15, 2013
We have two children at Keith school. We have been there for years. We have been very happy. Last year was a little shakey with all the staff changes but they have been changes for the better. Sometimes changes are needed in order to grow an improve. It was sad to see the old head go but the new head of school has accomplished so many great things in a short period of time. I know there are more great plans for the school in the near future. We love it because the children feel safe and at home there. The academics are great, especially when you get into the middle and upper schools. You are encouraged to try so many things: sports, drama, chorus, band, orchestra, Latin, Spanish, scholastic bowl. In middle and upper therea student can have as many as 11 subjects. that is my childfavorite part of school is being able to have every day be different with the 6 day rotsting schedul. There are many clubs to join. The teachers are always available to help the students. The parents are a supportive community. I know that our children will truly be prepared for college and life when they graduated from Keith.

- submitted by a parent

March 02, 2012
This school has gone downhill very fast. In this past year they have hired two bad teachers, and fired one of the best heads of school in recent memory. The Board of Trustees runs this school and they run it poorly. They do not manage money well and the make bad decisions. If you asked me a year ago this school would have gotten 5 stars instead of 3. The soccer and volleyball programs are the only good athletics. The parents think this school is so great but it does not live up to the hype. They have a weak Spanish, and English department. The only positive thing going for this school is their history department, and the math department. The school is nearly bankrupt and I guarantee that in 5-7 years this school won't exist. I'm telling you the truth and I am not writing this out of anger because I have been bullied or had a bad experience. I've been at this school for 5 years and now I'm in high school. Some of the things that have happened made me question this school integrity.

- submitted by a community member

November 17, 2011
Keith continues to be an outstanding school and a gem in the community. In addition to providing excellent academics, the school teaches lessons in character, leadership, and service to others. I have been extremely happy with my children's experiences at Keith. We are not a wealthy family, but the school helps us by providing financial help. If you value excellent education in a safe, caring environment where teachers are truly dedicated, look into Keith Country Day School!

- submitted by a parent

September 12, 2011
I have been going to this school for my whole life and I love it. I am still going to keith and its my 1st year in 6th grade and its wonderful in middle school! Not one person at our school is rude or mean.

- submitted by a community member

June 22, 2011
We have four children who have attended schools all over the country. The only school that met the needs of all our children (gifted & special needs) was Keith. Our children really misses the dedication of the teachers & the great college preparation they received while at Keith. If you want a great college prep school education for your children and live within commuting distance of this school-send them to Keith. We were sad to leave this great school to move out of state.

- submitted by a community member

June 17, 2011
The time and attention of the faculty and the concern and interest of the parents make me feel very confidant in our choice for our young son.

- submitted by a parent

March 12, 2011
I went to Keith from 1st-8th grade and thought it was excellent. I went to Boylan Catholic High School for high school because I wanted more of a social life than Keith offered, however I tend to regret that decision now. Keith gets a bad reputation from a lot of people in Rockford and the area, but the education is phenomenal. And the prep for college is by far the best in the city. They will prepare you for a good college, and more importantly, make sure you get into one. If I still lived in Rockford I would certainly send me kids here.

- submitted by a community member

September 30, 2010
Keith Is above average due to the excellent curriculum that they offer. Each student has classes formed around their abilities to accommodate their performance. But the students are cruel to each other, psychologically they treat each other terribly and in realistic terms the bullying here is more severe then any other school I have attended. Do not send you boy or girl here is they are prone to have any problems, like ADD, ADHD, Tourettes, etc. They will be crucified, and the staff does nothing about it. Sad truth, Keith is terrible. and their athletics program is terrible, they have at the most 4 or 5 sports to do, all way underfunded. Just do not send your kid here unless they are VERY sociable.

- submitted by a community member

November 05, 2009
Athletics. You you kidding? In 2006 the volleyball team and cross country team won conference titles, with the volleyball team winning the regional. In 2007 the cross country and golf team won the conference and the volleyball team took second in the state while winning a regional and sectional title. In 2008 the cross country and golf teams repeated. In 2009 the girls tennis team won the sectionals and the boys soccer team took third in the state winning a conference, regional and sectional title along the way. There is a not another small school in the state with the athletic success that Keith has had in the past years. The coaching staff consists of several former professional athletes and division 1 players. The academics continues to be at the highest level. Several of the recent grads have gone on to compete in college. Do your homework before writing your review.

- submitted by a parent

June 06, 2009
I am in high school at Keith and i think you all diserve the truth. many things are not enforeced as many of the other reviews have stated. the few people that see keith as the only thing that could compare to the hand of God himself are boastful because of a personal experience. as a whole i have seen very few people that can say 100% or even 50% that they believe it is the best school. parents are raving about this school constantly, but the truth is... they do not attend the school. it may have been the best when they attended, but in its present state, it does not even have air conditioning. its closely delapidated state makes it one of my least favorite places to be for 8 hours a day. The family atmosphere is the only thing i can approve here as great at keith.

- submitted by a student

March 28, 2009
Keith School is a fantastic college prep school. The teachers are excellent and the small class size contributes to a close-knit student body. With few exceptions, the students are self motivated and very responsible, allowing leniency in policy. It is generally accepted in the community that, academically, this is by far the best school around. If you are looking for a sports school - don't come here. Sports can be enjoyed by all here but this is not the driving force for these mostly academic students.

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2009
i am a student attending keith right now. i am going into high school next year and i dont know what to do. I have a FEW good friends. the reason why i say few is because the classes are sooooooo small it is impossible. i have known these same people from kindergarten. i don't really want to go to Keith next year becuase it is too small. i would like to have a real high school experience. the teachers at Keith are great. But, if you are looking for a disciplinary school, it is not one bit keith. Keith is a school where you can do anything you want and easily, easily get out of it. the athletics are very undeveloped. the spanish department is semi-acceptional. the french department is great. the music is great. drama outstanding. mathematics are very good. science is kind of poor. social studies is good.

- submitted by a student

November 28, 2008
Best School there is. Keith is one of the most Prestigious schools in the USA and if you want your child to get into a great college this is the school to go to. It prepares them for new challenges and levels of learning.

- submitted by a parent

October 13, 2008
I definitely recommend this school to any family. I am so pleased with the education my 2 children are getting. When my daughter started 1st grade she was one of the only kids who could not read and her teacher worked with her extra hard and got her a special reading coach to get her caught up and within 3 months she was reading at a 3rd grade level. All of the parents and faculty are extremely kind and genuinely care about your child. The teachers do an excellent job of keeping you informed of your childs behavior and academics. I have never had any problems with any teacher and nor has my children. Also there is a great deal of ethnic diversity if you are thinking your child might not fit in.

- submitted by a parent
no rating
April 17, 2008
Our family is thrilled with education our son is getting at Keith. Small classes, individual attention for both parents and students, FANTASTIC teachers that are responsive to any request and a lot less red tape you find at other schools. The business office is very good at keeping our family informed and the environment is like a second family to us. Definitely worth it!

- submitted by a parent

March 10, 2008
I do not recommend Keith School for certain kids. At parents teacher comference the teacher told me my daughter has'nt been doing well for two weeks. We are talking about an AB student. Yet this teacher never picked up the phone to call me, or email me. In speaking to my daughter's teacher I could see an individual who could careless weather she learned or not. When this teacher told me my daughter wan't doing most of her work in class. I asked her what was she doing. Her responds 'I don't know'. I had reservations about Keith from the very begining. The astophere is cold as ice. Lower school head master will walk right by and not speak. Sometimes we as minorities want the best for our children and we think certain schools will give us that high quality education. Remember not all teachers want to teach every kid.

- submitted by a parent

February 10, 2008
This is a pretty good school, but the students can be very mean to one another. When visitors come, often times the students will automatically decided whether they like them or not, and their fate is sealed. There seem to be two different groups of people-- the smart ones, who come because they want a good education, and the outright obnoxious people who talk and complain every second and to get out of doing homework. On the other hand, the teachers are GREAT. For the most part, they are very involved and kind. If you want to come to this school, visit first. See if you fit in with any group of people. If you don't, certain students will not make your time happy...

- submitted by a student
no rating
August 06, 2007
I am not happy with the performance of the school, I know keith is known to be for above average students, but lately I am seeing that the science textbooks are too elementary and the students are not as hardworking compared to other schools

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2006
Highest quality. Great teaching. Small classes.

- submitted by a parent

February 07, 2006
The academic strength of Keith stems from the strong student body and great devotion that most teachers have. Class sizes are small, which leads to very individualized teaching. The arts programs at the schools is very strong. However, the sports program leaves something to be desired and there is very little school and parental sporting support. People go to Keith for academics rather than athletic opportunities.

- submitted by a student

April 25, 2005
I am a Keith parent. Keith professes to have a dress code ... not enforced. They have a code of conduct ... also not enforced. The students there can be very cruel to each other and nothing is done. As another parent said to me 'Bullying at Keith is psychological, not physical, but just as damaging'. At this point I could not recommend the school to any emotionally sensitive child. Yes, they boast about being a 'laptop' school and technologically advanced. Many public and other private schools do a better job of having their assignments online. At Keith it is hit or miss ... mostly miss. The language used in school is attrocious. If your child has any learning difficulties, they won't get any help at Keith.

- submitted by a parent

August 28, 2003
I am not a parent but I was a student at Keith Country Day School from Mark Murphy through Roberta Ingrassia. I can honestly say that this is one of the best education s you can receive in the greater Illinois area. The technology friendly environment properly acclimatizes students onto college life. I can definitely appreciate the teachers and the care that they give each and every student. If I decided to live in Rockford or in the Rockford area when I start to have children I know exactly where I am going to send them.

- submitted by a student

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Keith Country Day School
1 Jacoby Place, Rockford, IL  61107
(815) 399-8823
Last modified Keith Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
Keith Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 46 reviews. Top