A Keith Country Day School private education is an investment that pays dividends for a lifetime. At the same time, assistance with tuition and financial aid are available. Our Keith family is strengthened by the diversity of backgrounds, interests, and talents of our student body. We are proud of our history of helping bring the cost of a Keith School experience within reach for families from a range of socio-economic backgrounds.
A large percentage of Keith’s student body receives a merit scholarship or tuition assistance. In fact, approximately 50 percent of our students receive some sort of discount through financial aid, multiple child discounts or merit scholarships. Any family whose child has been accepted at Keith may apply for tuition assistance.
An investment in a Keith college preparatory school education pays dividends – including substantial scholarships to institutions of higher learning. Click here to see our Keith Cougar pride points on our most recent merit-based scholarships.
Making a Keith School Education Affordable
Merit scholarships, financial aid, and payment plans are available to assist families who are committed to our private school curriculum and programs. For additional information and to request a financial aid application, please contact Chris Doherty, Administrative Assistant to our Co-Heads of School, at Chris.Doherty@keithschool.net or 815-399-8823
Pre – and Junior Kindergarten (3 and 4-year-olds)
These are full-day, five-day per week programs.
NOTE: A child who turns age 3 in the middle of a semester can begin our preschool program at the next logical point in the school year.
Students must be 5 years old on or before September 1.
Scholarship and grant programs are as follows:
Keith recognizes the personal and professional sacrifices our men and women in uniform give to our community and our country. With that in mind, in 2018, Keith created the Hero’s Scholarship which are annual $1,000 scholarships given to students of parents who are police officers, firemen/women, enlisted in active military, reserves or the national guard.
We welcome foreign students to Keith to provide new educational opportunities from those around the globe as well as allow our current students to gain insight, cultural appreciation and new friendships In addition to the contributions international students make to the educational experience, international student recruitment also is valuable in terms of the school continued diversification and the region’s economy. International students pay full tuition and fees, and live and play in our community while attending school. Qualified host families are provided a $2,500 scholarship and a monthly stipend to cover all expenses, but the opportunity is priceless say former host families.
Faculty Development Grant
In 1990, former Keith parents Peter and Penelope West helped start a Keith Country Day School Faculty Development Grant. The grant was designed to create an opportunity for faculty to bridge personal interests and their area of expertise for professional growth and new enthusiasm in the classroom. Since the grant’s inception, Keith faculty have participated in a variety of workshops and seminars located all over the United States and traveled abroad, allowing them to integrate their experiences into courses or curriculum.
Jane E. Lyons Community Service Scholarship
This scholarship was established in 2015 by the Board of Trustees in honor of Jane E. Lyons, a Keith alum and former teacher. Ms. Lyons was passionately committed to service learning and dedicated most of her life volunteering in many Rockford area community organizations. The Jane E. Lyons scholarship will be awarded annually each spring to three Keith eighth grade students who have engaged in exemplary community service initiatives. The scholarship award must be used for enrollment in Keith’s Upper School program. For more information, contact the Head of School.
Kaitlyn Mary Miller Merit Scholarship
Kaitlyn Mary Miller was a special girl. At Keith, she was a member of the school’s first regional championship volleyball team, an exceptional student, artist, and perhaps most importantly, she was a compassionate friend, daughter, and sister to Luke, Rachel and her twin, Kylee. She was all of that and much more. In February of 2007, Kaitlyn died in a skiing accident. She was a junior. In her loving memory, the Miller family created the Kaitlyn Mary Miller Merit Scholarship, given each year to promising high school students who excel academically and also enjoy fine arts and athletics.