Countryside Day School

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Countryside Day School Photo #1 - At the primary level, children are also learning while outside! Our All-day-all-year classroom is responsible for maintaining their own garden.
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Countryside Day School Photo #1 - At the primary level, children are also learning while outside! Our All-day-all-year classroom is responsible for maintaining their own garden.
Countryside Day School Photo #2 - When children are provided with daily tasks that are just a bit challenging, they learn to concentrate, persevere, work hard and see themselves as capable. Putting on socks and shoes on provides just the right amount of challenge for this toddler. Her attention is riveted, she is using her fine motor skills, she needs to persevere.
Countryside Day School Photo #3 - Children at Countryside have extensive exposure to geography. These students have learned the continents, Next, they may choose to illustrate them and make labels.
Countryside Day School Photo #4 - The elementary students at Countryside often offer tutoring to younger counterparts. The older child gets to reinforce his knowledge and learn how to help appropriately, and the younger child gets the support he needs for his learning, as well as the growing relationship with an older child.
Countryside Day School Photo #5 - Toddlers love to work on the tasks of daily living. Not only is she preparing snack for her entire toddler community, but it also supports the development of fine motor skills, perseverance and concentration.
Countryside Day School Photo #6 - At the primary level, the children have opportunities to choose what they want to do for as long as they want to do it. When work is self-chosen, there is more interest, and therefore more concentration. In this way, children become deeply engaged in their own learning and development.
Countryside Day School Photo #7 - Our children are fully engaged in their own learning. On any particular day, we can see and hear elementary and middle school children engaged in lively discussions about multiplication tables, new books they have read, flightless birds, how their diorama is coming along and what it represents, the coming of life to earth, and so much more.
  • Countryside Day School is one of only 2 Montessori schools in Illinois to receive the highest recognition status for the full Montessori program granted by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) which was founded by Maria Montessori in 1929 to protect the integrity of her work.
  • The mission of Countryside is to provide an environment which emphasizes the development of character, particularly the virtues of Respect, Responsibility, and Resourcefulness.
  • Countryside has been providing an exceptional learning environment for children for over 50 years. Countryside has no religious affiliation and welcomes students of every race, sex, color, and national or ethnic origin.
  • It is a not-for-profit corporation with financial assistance available to those who qualify.
  • Each applicant is individually considered for admission and offered the opportunity for enrollment.
  • The school draws students from Chicago's North and Northwest suburbs.

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School Overview

School TypeMontessori School
School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States
Grades OfferedGrades 1-8
Year Founded1967

Student Body

Total Students149 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
16%
State avg.: 30%
Students by GradeCountryside Day School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers11 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio14:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
4%
Average Class Size30 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineFeb. 15 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$18,200
% on Financial Aid
20%
Average Financial Aid Grant$3,000
Acceptance Rate
90%
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorKaren O'Malley

Extracurriculars

Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.5 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Gymnastics, Math Club, Science Club, Spanish, Sports and Games

School Notes

  • Countryside Day School is one of only 2 Montessori schools in Illinois to receive the highest recognition status for the full Montessori program granted by the Association Montessori Internationale (AMI) which was founded by Maria Montessori in 1929 to protect the integrity of her work.
  • The mission of Countryside Day School is to provide an environment which emphasizes the development of character, particularly the virtues of Respect, Responsibility, and Resourcefulness.
  • Countryside has been providing an exceptional learning environment for children for over 50 years. Countryside has no religious affiliation and welcomes students of every race, sex, color, and national or ethnic origin.
  • It is a not-for-profit corporation with financial assistance available to those who qualify.
  • Each applicant is individually considered for admission and offered the opportunity for enrollment.
  • The school draws students from Chicago's North and Northwest suburbs.

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The average private school tuition in Illinois is $6,033 for elementary schools and $11,864 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
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