Why Choose Keith

TALENTED, COMMITTED FACULTY
The Keith faculty is recruited nationally and internationally with advanced degrees in their respective fields, recognized success in education, and a commitment to being role models for young people. They are dedicated to life-long learning and continued professional growth. They use a broad repertoire of teaching techniques and technologies, enhancing students’ skills by integrating these approaches throughout the curriculum. Perhaps most importantly, Keith faculty are available to students and parents, before, during and after school. Celebration phone calls and emails, correspondence over weekends and direct access to a students’ daily progress through a NetClassroom application are just a few of the many ways we maintain strong teacher-student-parent relationships.

SMALL CLASSES/SAFE ENVIRONMENT
With an average class size of 15, Keith students receive an enormous amount of individual attention in a physically safe environment. Our aim is to help young people grow into leaders, independent thinkers and community-minded citizens.

RESULTS
By blending an advanced curriculum, an active parent-body, and top-notch teachers the academic results at Keith rank among the best in state.

  • 2012 Avg. ACT score: 27.5
  • 2012 Avg. SAT score: critical reading 654, math 654, writing 651, combined 1959
  • Standardized test scores for 3rd through 8th grades ranked between the 75th – 95th percentiles
  • Class of 2012 (18 students earned $3.3 million in academic scholarships and grants)
  • 12-time World Youth in Science in Engineering Regional Champions including 2012
  • 2011 and 2012 Sectional and Regional champions in the Class 1A Scholastic Bowl in addition to back to back 3rd place finishes at the state finals

Many of our students perform above their grade level and our seniors are invited to attend some of the most selective universities in the country. In fact, for eight consecutive years, more than 70% of our graduates have earned academic or leadership scholarships to college and nearly 85% of our graduating seniors have successfully passed Advanced Placement examinations.

ADVANCED PLACEMENT
The value of a strong Advanced Placement program is priceless for the college-bound student because it allows them to gain college credit upon passing the AP exam, plus it better prepares the student for college. No school in the marketplace offers more opportunity or has had more success with AP classes than Keith Country Day School. In recent years, the College Board rated Keith’s AP U.S. History course as the best in the world and its AP European History course the best in the United States. Sixty-four percent of our 11th and 12th graders took at least one AP exam during the 2011-12 school year and 24 students were recognized as AP scholars.

TECHNOLOGY
In an accelerated academic setting, computers are tools used to enhance individual learning. Keith students begin working on a computer at age three and work in a computer lab at age four. By sixth grade, all students use a laptop computer at school throughout the day. Computers are accessible in every classroom and most rooms are outfitted with SMART boards. Now, more than ever, technology is a critical ingredient to a global education and connectivity is the new essential for students and parents to communicate and collaborate. At Keith, applications like Google Apps for Education and NetClassroom provide students, faculty and parents an array of customizable online tools to work together more effectively.

DIVERSITY
Keith honors the dignity of all people. In our culture and program, we embrace and respect differences in age, ethnicity, family structure, gender, learning style, race, religion and socioeconomic class. Nearly 36% of Keith’s families are non-white. In fact, the school’s diversity percentage ranks higher than most private schools within a 20 mile radius. Diversity is a strength at Keith because there is no self-segregation. Our students truly learn to live and work within a melting pot of people.

ATHLETICS
When it comes to Keith’s athletic department, participation and enthusiasm are balanced with a high level of competition. A member of the Illinois High School Athletic Association for the last nine years and a founding member of the Northern Athletic Conference, Keith offers a wide range of sports including volleyball, soccer, basketball, tennis, cross country and golf. In addition to its team and individual sports programs, Keith also has a comprehensive physical education curriculum that emphasizes motor development, coordination, and basic fitness in the context of fair play and sportsmanship.

FINE ARTS
While a strong academic curriculum is at the heart of the Keith Country Day School experience, the performing and fine arts programs are the soul. Keith’s comprehensive program provides students with broad fundamentals in the fine, creative and performing arts. The environment encourages all students to take some personal risks and challenges beyond their “comfort zones.” As a result, Keith students routinely develop self-confidence and a willingness to expand their horizons.

COMMUNITY SERVICE
Community service is an integral part of a Keith education and plays an important role in shaping the character of our students. Children at every level, from junior kindergarten to grade 12, give back to the community in hundreds of ways, both big and small. From collecting books for underprivileged children, to participating in Amnesty International, to raising money for breast cancer, our students fully understand that privilege and service go hand in hand.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
Many parents need after-school care for their children. Middle school students can stay at school (with adult supervision) until 5:30 p.m. Our lower school Stay and Play (SAP) program also is available until 5:30 p.m. One of the great benefits of SAP is that we have teachers or student-teachers on-hand to help with homework assignments. In addition to our supervised after-school programs, Keith also offers a wide range of clubs and sports for middle and upper school students and after-school activities for lower school students. The lower school activities change throughout the year and often are run by middle and upper school students or professionals. To find out more about what activities are currently scheduled for lower school students, contact Julie Swift at 815-399-8850, ext. 114. To find out more about middle or upper school clubs, academic teams or sports, please go to the middle or upper school sections of this website.