About Keith

Welcome to Keith
Rockford Illinois private schoolsFor almost 100 years, Keith Country Day School has proudly stood as the premier college-preparatory school in the northern Illinois area. We have a rich tradition in preparing students, from pre-kindergarten through grade 12, in academic excellence, character development, and leadership skills. Our mission is to prepare children for lives of meaning and purpose. Keith graduates have made significant contributions to college and universities across America, including campuses such as Yale, Harvard, Northwestern, Stanford, and Notre Dame.

Keith School’s academic and co-curricular programs contribute to student accomplishments and achievements that far exceed other schools in this geographic region. In fact, as a result of our nurturing and personalized learning environment, Keith students perform well above national independent school averages on the Scholastic Aptitude Tests (SAT) and the Comprehensive Testing Program (CPT 4). Almost 85% of our graduating seniors have successfully passed Advanced Placement examinations.

Although we are very proud of our academic excellence, at the foundation of our curriculum is something that cannot be measured by standardized SAT and ACT scores, premier college acceptances, athletic championships, or artistic honors. What is most important about Keith Country Day School is the deep connection in the relationships between faculty and students. We have a tremendously talented, innovative, and compassionate faculty that strives to uphold the standards inherited from our school’s remarkable founder, Belle Emerson Keith — an artist, innovator and a pioneer in the progressive education movement.

We have consistently been told by our families that their lives have been deeply influenced as a result of their engagement with the Keith School community. It is hoped that the extensive information you find on this website will encourage you to directly experience our rigorous college-preparatory programs. As you peruse our website, we hope you are inspired by the virtual snapshots of teaching and learning. Only a visit will allow you to fully experience the academic traditions and motivating relationships found throughout our campus.

I look forward to your visit, so I may personally welcome you to Keith Country Day School. Every Day is an Open House!

Sincerely,
Dr. Debra Dimke
Head of School