About Our School

South Side has two classrooms at each grade level; kindergarten through fifth grade. South Side is a vibrant learning community with a strong parent component, and a dedicated faculty/staff that focuses on learning rather than teaching. All are welcome at South Side and we invite families to visit to see for themselves!

Daily Schedule

8:45 a.m. First tone to enter the building.

Please do not arrive at school prior to 8:35 when supervision by staff begins.

8:55 a.m. Classes begin (tone)

11:50 a.m. First Lunch/Recess - Kindergarten, 1st

12:25 p.m. End of First Lunch

12:10 p.m. Second Lunch/Recess - 4th, 5th

12:45 p.m. End of Second Lunch

12:30 p.m. Third Lunch/Recess - 2nd, 3rd

1:05 p.m. End of Third Lunch

3:10 p.m. Bus Students Board Buses

3:10 p.m. Dismissal

3:25 p.m. Building should be cleared of all students without permission to remain at school from parents and/or staff.

Daily Pledge

"Today is a new day. A day that I will: promise to respect myself, others, and my school, learn all I can, practice patience and peace, and make good choices; a day that I will do my best."

Our History

On January 24, 1923, the Champaign School Board signed a contract with the architectural firm of Ramey and Burgen to build a new school at the corner of Pine and John streets in what was then southwest Champaign. The building was opened on October 9, 1924, and was considered so far on the outskirts of town that the newspaper articles announcing the open house printed instructions for finding the school. South Side was open most of the 1900s, and then closed in June 1982. It reopened in August 1989 and today it is a model school for family involvement and high curricular expectations.