Academic Successes

Academic Awards and Honors

  • National Merit Scholars
  • National Merit Scholar Commended Students
  • Illinois State Scholars
  • Advanced Placement Scholars
  • 1st Semester Head of School’s list (70 middle and upper school students earned GPAs of 3.35 or higher)
  • 2nd Semester Head of School’s list (76 middle and upper school students earned GPAs of 3.35 or higher)
  • 38 Students Earned National Latin Awards

Academic Teams

  • The high school Scholastic Bowl Team finished third at the Class IA Scholastic Bowl State Finals.
  • The World Youth in Science and Engineering (WYSE) won their 15th consecutive Regional Championship and advanced to the state finals.
  • For eight consecutive years, Keith’s math team has placed among the top 10 schools in the state.
  • At the close of the West Division of Illinois Certamen League season, the Latin I-B team and the advanced team placed second in their division while the Latin I team finished third.
  • The Middle School Scholastic Bowl team has qualified for the national tournament for two consecutive years.

Keith Graduates

  • Last year’s graduates were accepted to 97 colleges and universities including seven honors program acceptances.
  • Last year’s graduates amassed approximately $3,393,000 in college scholarships and grant awards. In fact, 94% of the seniors earned at least one scholarship or grant.
  • Including the most recent graduating class, 70% or more of Keith’s seniors have earned at least one scholarship or grant award for 10 consecutive years!!!
  • Matriculations include: Bradley University, University of Illinois at Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Columbia College (Chicago), Boise State University, Howard University, Knox College, Rockford College, Milwaukee School of Engineering, Rice University, the Art Institute of California at San Francisco, University of Illinois, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Columbia University.
  • Last year’s graduates completed 3,921 hours of volunteer service.

Fine Arts

  • The production, Grey Gardens, was selected to be a part of the 2016 Illinois High School Theater Festival. Known as the largest and oldest non-competitive high school theater festival, more than 90 schools were adjudicated for the three-day event with only 20 earning spots.
  • Keith’s high school snow sculpting team won the People’s Choice award and placed second in the high school division at the 2012 Illinois Snow Sculpting Competition.
  • More than 290 lower, middle and upper school students combined participated in at least one art show at Keith, the Rockford Public Library or Rock Valley College.
  • Four students participated in the Illinois Music Education Association (IMEA) festival and two of the four earned spots in the All-State Band and the All-State Orchestra.
  • 22 students participated in the Illinois High School Association Solo and Ensemble Competition earning five individual or ensemble Division I ratings and two individual and ensemble Division II ratings.
  • Eleven students participated in the Illinois Grade School Music Association Solo and Ensemble Competition earning eight Division I ratings and one Division II rating.


  • In 2015, Keith’s soccer team finished 3rd in the state tournament.
  • The Lady Cougars have won three state championships, setting an Illinois high school record.
  • The golf team closed out its season by winning the Indian Trails Conference tournament.
  • Graduate Chloe Hadavas became the first person in the history of Keith Country Day School to win the individual singles Sectional Championship in tennis. The left-hander won each of her matches in straight sets throughout the tournament including a 6-1, 6-0 finals thrashing. Hadavas also qualified to play in the State Tournament.

Exceptional Individual Honors

  • Graduate Paul Steffan was selected from more than 100 applicants to compose the Illinois High School Theater Festival’s All-State production of “Almost Maine.”
  • Graduate Jacob Jang was picked from hundreds of applicants to be a part of the prestigious 2012 Music for All Festival in the Honor Band of America.
  • Graduates Paul Steffan, Michelle Zheng, and Alex Nunez were selected as WREX’s Top of the Class award winners, designed to recognize students for academic excellence.
  • Graduate Jay Shirodkar outlasted 34 other area students to win the 2012 Rockford Regional Spelling Bee. The victory earned Jay a trip event to Washington D.C. to compete in the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
  • Graduates Christina Shields, Luke Miller, and Michelle Zheng were named Rockford Register Star Young American award recipients. Honoring outstanding teenagers since 1957, Young Americans is a program designed to recognize students who have excelled academically and demonstrated exemplary character and leadership.