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Prairie Grove High School

Public | 9-12 | 521 students


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Posted June 20, 2013

If academics ever did take a backseat to sports, it is no longer the case. The high school has become a force to be reckoned with academically. The AP programs is English, math, science, and social studies have grown with the AIMS initiative in recent years. More students are enrolling in the AP program, and more are succeeding on the AP exams. There has been a considerable shift towards a culture of learning. Rigorous instruction in composition by college board certified instructors and a newly formed 4-year engineering program, complete with dedicated teachers and state-of-the-art equipment are a couple indications of the growth of this school. PGHS is also academically ranked 16 in the state of Arkansas. Couple these factors with a student body who is learning to value community and achievement, teachers concerned with character as well as academics, a supportive administration intent on growing in leadership and effectiveness, a band and FFA program competitive on the state level, and, yes, a top-notch sports program, and you have a school, not a perfect one, mind you, but a quality one, where a student will find a positive and fulfilling academic and social experience.
—Submitted by a teacher

Posted October 9, 2010

Because I drove the bus for them and its a great school.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 1, 2010

I graduated from Prairie Grove High School last year, as part of the Class of 2009. The Prairie Grove High School is a school that has a strong tradition in the sports area, with our football team making the playoff for 14 years and counting. And currently, the girls basketball team is the runnings to play in the State title game. So, if your child has an interest in sports, this school is a good match. If your student is interested in music, this school has very well recognized marching band program led by two wonderful band directors. The high school band program marches about 60, and expects to march around 90 next year. They sound Awesome. If your child likes agriculture, then our schools FFA program is the best. They regularly win competitions across NWA. The Teachers, with a few exceptions are really cool, as is the new Administration.
—Submitted by a student

Posted May 28, 2008

I think the Prairie Grove school system is great. It is a small town school where the kids are very friendly and accepting. The students have great respect for the teachers and the teachers genuinly care for the students.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted March 12, 2007

PG to me is a great school, but it does have its bad things. The teachers for the most part are good, but with the good ones there have to we the few bad ones. Right now I am a Junior. I can tell you that the teachers are not the one that lack interest in the classes, but mostly the students. There are a lot of student that do care about the school and learning and then there are the ones that don't. There are teachers that try to be as fair as possible and the students take advantage of that.
—Submitted by a student

Posted November 6, 2006

I have 2 children attending PGHS. Sadly, we have our share of teachers who forgot why they wanted to teach but we are blessed with a few who are amazing. If you are lucky your child will have interaction with some of the wonderful people at Prairie Grove High School such as Debby Matney, Patrick Matney, Karen Holmes, Mandy Hunt, Melissa Parrish, and Carlos Reyes just to name a few. I haven t seen our Principal Mr. Bond much this year. Getting past Mr. Laird is very difficult.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 1, 2006

I am currently a sophomore at PGHS and FFA think this school is great. I have excellent teachers who love to get involved with the students and help them succeed. We have a great academics, band, athletics, and one of the best FFA programs ever! I made the transition from west fork to prairie grove and I couldn't be happier. So I have to disagree with all the negative comments because you never know how great the school is until you attend it.
—Submitted by a student

Posted March 26, 2006

This school is terrible nothing is learned here! The administration is worried about other things than how the students perform in the classroom. The teachers just don't care. favoritism is heavely used. Football is all that seems to matter at pg! so if u care about ur kids getting any kind of education at all do not send them to pg. This school is a joke!
—Submitted by a student

Posted December 28, 2005

Prairie Grove school system lacks a lot! The students cannot spell, read, write worth a darn. Math is so outdated it's sad. Penmanship is NOT required! As long as the teachers can halfway read what a child is writing they pass! The students look like a fashion statement from WW11. No manners, no discipline, dress poorly. Sad thing about the education in Prairie Grove? Football is the only thing that matters! Half of the football team are not required to maintain a 2.0 average yet they can play football. Get a grip. Education is first! Then sports. It's all who you know, not what your grades are that matters in PG. Favoritism? You bet there is. Just look at the papers and see who are ALWAYS in the school reports. A SELECT few because daddy or Mommy work there! Reality? Just ask your children that attend PG schools.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 6, 2004

I agree 100 percent with the other comments about our School. I have always loved the staff and they do go above and beyond for my children. The faculty offers after school free tutoring and I see the band teacher s vehicle there sometimes as late as 6 on my way home from work. I also agree that the new administration is ridiculous. It seems since the new superintendent arrived we have lost teachers and senior faculty. Its not spoken but its obvious that there is tension amongst the staff. A small school feels that they need a assistant superintendent position, what a waste of tax payers money. But the kids are great.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 6, 2004

Hallelujah I am so glad that others think the same way. Extracurricular activities are not well rounded. Prairie Grove has all the nice features of a small school but all the bad ones as well. The kids get one on one with the teachers but Home Coming, Prom and Color s Day is just a joke. Same kids over and over and the parents of the kids are always somehow connected with the school or involved someway. Why does the administration not spend more time and energy planning FBLA trips and SADD and offering them proper funding?
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 6, 2004

Academic mediocrity is deeply entrenched here. No meaningful recognition of excellence exists (i.e. no recognition of valedictorian, AP courses, etc.). Kids who take college courses are penalized because these grades are not differentiated from high school vo-tech courses like agriculture. Neither of our national merit society graduates of Prairie Grove High School were adequately prepared for college. The end goal for the school seems to be having a high school diploma with about half of the graduates being admitted to college. But look at how few students remain in college after even just a year or two. They are set up for failure. In short, Prairie Grove is a great town in which to raise a child. However, if you want them to be prepared for college, send them to Fayetteville.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 2, 2004

Education is not the top priority and the test result show this. The principal and superintendent are always available but truly never act on anything. The new administration has slowly run off senior faculty members and obviously play favoritism amongst the programs. Essentially the high school is operated like a monarchy and the students suffer tremendously because its an infinite struggle to accomplish any activities not associated with homecoming or sports. Any donation ever made from the school is locked up so tight its like fort Knox trying to withdraw it for the programs it was intended for. Don t even waste another second considering this school as a place to send your children.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2004

I am basicaly happy with our school. The children are encouraged to excel and the teachers are very personable. I have dealt with these schools for 12 years and the good thing about a school this size, is that you get to know a lot of the kids. It has not ever been a problem to get ahold of a teacher to discuss grades or opportunities with a child. The secretaries take accurate messages and the principals are always available. The superintendent has always had an open door. The only downfall I find with our school is that the opportunity for more children to be involved with Homecoming, colors day or that kind of activity are limited. It is the same kids over and over. That is something I feel needs to be addressed with the school board. Unfortunately kids measure their worth by their peers not the public.
—Submitted by a parent

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The state average for Literacy was 70% in 2013.

146 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the Benchmark Exam to test students in grades 3 through 8 and 11 in literacy and grades 3 through 8 in math. The Benchmark Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

Algebra I

The state average for Algebra I was 77% in 2013.

77 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Biology was 44% in 2013.

143 students were tested at this school in 2013.









The state average for Geometry was 72% in 2013.

128 students were tested at this school in 2013.








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About the tests

In 2012-2013 Arkansas used the End of Course Exam to test high school students in Algebra I, Geometry and Biology. The results for End of Course Exams administered in the spring of each school year are displayed on GreatSchools profiles. The End of Course Exam is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined by the state of Arkansas. The goal is for all students to score at or above the proficient level.

Source: Arkansas Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 95% 64%
Hispanic 3% 10%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 2% 1%
American Indian/Alaska Native 0% 1%
Black 0% 21%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Two or more races 0% 2%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 40%N/A61%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

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500 Cole
Prairie Grove, AR 72753
Phone: (479) 846-4212


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