The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools (AIRSS) has been supporting public education in rural communities for nearly thirty years.  Our organization recognizes the historical and recent challenges to small schools.  We are committed to working nimbly and effectively on behalf of our members.

After work completed in 2014 by the AIRSS marketing committee and current President, the organization is re-positioning itself to create an active grassroots approach to supporting the small and rural schools in Illinois.  We recognize the necessity to be proactive and engage our stakeholders to the best of our ability.

Our efforts to address the needs, issues and concerns of our pk-12 rural and small schools are driven by three goals:


  • access to quality educational opportunities,

  • to be the voice for rural and small schools on matters of policy;

  • and to advocate for the quality of life (the Rural Advantage) unique to rural and small schools and communities.


 Our future is bright, watch for more to come on the history and past accomplishments of AIRSS.

Contact Information

Contact us by form here.


Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools

Office: Horrabin Hall #115G
Macomb, Illinois 61455

Phone: 618.924.8218

Email: execdir@airssedu.org 

© 2019 by The Association of Illinois Rural and Small Schools

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