Welcome to AIRSS.

Welcome to the AIRSS (Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools) web page. The Association was chartered in 1987 with the purpose of presenting a unified effort to promote educational excellence in rural and small schools in Illinois. In 1994, LOCON (Local Control) merged with and became an affiliate of AIRSS to solidify us as the ONLY statewide organization that helps to promote and enhance education in rural and small schools in every community and location of Illinois.


Our emphasis is to give identity, voice and recognition to rural and small schools and their local communities.


We are here for you!

Recent News - Rural Illinois School Receives National Blue Ribbon Award

The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools is proud to join the United States Department of Education in recognizing New Simpson Hill School District 32 as a National Blue Ribbon School – located in rural Tunnel Hill, IL.

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I Am A Rural Teacher: Rural Schools Collaborative and National Rural Education Association Share Nationwide Perspectives

We are asking for teachers and teacher-leaders (principals, superintendents, etc.) submit a short essay and photo describing their experience OR nomination of teachers that are truly a boon to the community during the COVID-19 closures.

You may also submit a story for the general campaign (i.e., not related to COVID-19).


Thank you so much for all that you do for your rural schools. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Click the button below to see Illinois perspectives or submit your story today.



Horrabin Hall #115G

Macomb, Illinois 61455



PO Box 292

Carmi, IL 62821

Executive Director

Dave Ardrey

Phone: 618.924.8218

Email: execdir@airssedu.org 

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