Admissions at Countryside

Welcome to Countryside! We are excited to begin this process and look forward to getting to know you and your family. Countryside has open enrollment, so students can be accepted at any time during the year that space is available. Here is a sketch of the admissions process.

Step 1Schedule a Virtual Tour or Apply Now

Whether you are just exploring or are ready to apply, a Virtual School Tour of Countryside Day School is the best way for you to find out about our unique educational experience. We would love to show you our community. Although CDS facilities are currently closed following Illinois State Mandate, a virtual admission process has been established. Please schedule your virtual tour below.

Click here to schedule a School Tour.

Click here to access Ravenna to submit online application and select Countryside Day School from the school directory.

Step 2Parent Interview

Once you have submitted your online application through Ravenna, the next step is a two-hour Parent Interview (for both parents in two-parent households or two-household families). During this time you will:

• Observe in your child’s prospective class
• Meet your child’s prospective teacher
• Meet with the Head of School

Parent Interview is not for students – parents only.

At least a week before attending the interview, we require that you have turned in: Application Form and Personal Development Form.

Contact or 847-498-1105 to schedule your Parent Interview.

Step 3Student Visit or Shadow Day

Schedule Child Visit (Toddler and PreK/K Students) or Shadow Day (Elementary and Middle School students).

• Toddler and Pre-K/K Students – half hour visit with parent.
• Elementary and Middle School Students – shadow day 8:30-3:30, students only.

Contact or 847-498-1105 to schedule your child’s visit or shadow day.

Step 4School Records and Recommendations

For students coming from another school or program, you will be prompted in Ravenna to submit appropriate documents and recommendations.

Step 5Admission Notification

Once parent and student interviews are completed and school records and recommendations (if children are transferring from another school/program) have been received, and child visit (Toddler and PreK/K students) or Shadow Day (Elementary and Middle School students), an admission decision will be made by the admission committee. Parents will be notified by email upon decision.

Note: Completion of the Admission Process does not imply admission to the school.

Contact Information: or 847-498-1105

Countryside Programs

We offer a continuous program from 16 months through 8th grade — inculding an all year program option for Pre-K/K and elementary school. LEARN MORE

TODDLER — Ages 16 mos.-3yrs

PRE-K/K — Ages 3-6

LOWER ELEMENTARY — Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3

UPPER ELEMENTARY — Ages 9-12, Grades 4-6

MIDDLE SCHOOL — Ages 12-14, Grades 7-8

SUMMER PROGRAMS — Ages 16 mos.-12 yrs., Toddler-Grade 6

ALL YEAR FULL DAY — Ages 3-12, Grades Pre-K/K-Grade 6

Get the bigger picture. Come visit our beautiful campus.

Our admissions director Karen is ready to schedule your tour and a class observation. Countryside offers open enrollment. Families can apply for admission any time of year. LEARN MORE

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