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1531 Jones Point Road
Grayslake, IL 60030

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(847) 543-9722
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November 11, 2014
I'm surprised and horrified with some of the reviews. I'm a parent, who recently moved to America from a foreign country. I think that the school has done everything they could to make the transition as easy as possible for my kid. I think the teachers are competent and actually care about the children. I have to agree, that it's a bit hard to find out about homework until you see a missing assignment in the Power School. My kid has never ever talked about bullying in her class, even though she speaks with an accent and might be a bit different, since she is a foreigner. It's true that the kids get tons of homework and have to work pretty hard. But I see that as the parents responsibility to make sure that they actually do it. You can't blame a teacher for that. I feel that the academic level is where it should be. I only have good things to say about the school and I hope that they will continue the great work many years from now.

- submitted by a parent
October 31, 2014
This school is a great example of nepotism, and a closed circle of political leadership. Most of the board and administrators live in one subdivision, the one that the school is in. The school chose not to have buses. This keeps the poor kids away. Most of the kids live within walking distance where homes are expensive. Woodland District has sued to close the school so there's a good chance that it will be gone by this time next year. This is supposed to be a public school. Special Ed options are limited. If your kid isn't related to a board member or doesn't live in Prairie Crossing subdivision, this is not the school for you. They get great test scores because these families have tons of money to hire tutors or Kumon. Not because the school is doing such a great job teaching. Class trips cost thousands of dollars. Who can afford these extras?

- submitted by a parent
October 30, 2014
PCCS is a great school compared to other schools in the other schools in the area. The only issue we see with this small school is that there is no way to know what is the expected homework and the due dates until you see an F grade in the Power School (web site) because it's missing Or late. By that time it's already late. As a result of NO advance communication from teacher to parent, the students suffer with bad grades. So be aware of some bad/lazy teachers at PCCS. This make PCCS an average school. So we quit.

- submitted by a parent
January 29, 2014
I am the parent of a 4th grdr who has attended PCCS since K. In truth, I was already a supporter of the mission of the enviro focused curriculum, so this school is a great fit for us, but it's a wonderful alt for others too. It's not for everyone; kids here spend more time outdoors, getting dirty, journaling, going on extended trips, etc. than at other schools; please know what you are getting into before you decide to attend. Small schools will have the same problems any small environment has (think small town, workplace, etc.) but it also allows all of the benefits too; small class sizes, assistants in each class, feeling welcomed in classrooms-things that many parents say are missing in larger schools. Academics are still a high priority. Others try to argue this point but the results are not just in test scores (where PCCS excels) but also in the graduates it produces, most in AP classes at the top of their class in HS. Unique opportunities are given here to develop children into constructive thinkers. It's not perfect; no school is. It's smaller which means its warts seem larger in comparison but come see for yourself; it's not for everyone, but wonderful for those it serves.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2013
Prairie Crossing is a mixed bag of good and bad. Some of the parents and spouses on the board chased away principals and some of the best teachers. There is is a new principal every years so if you don't like it wait a year it will change. The teachers are good but are underpaid. Many of the kids are cliqueish as are their parents. A friend who volunteered quit doing so because of parents wanted to micro manage everyone. It is always a danger when a volunteer thinks they own the place. this place has several parents that are famous for pecking at people. Over all, the education is far superior to Woodland, which does not have a gifted program either. It sends children who have been identified gifted out to night programs at other schools. Overall, the hands on experiences here and the special trips taken (often) for all grades makes this a superior education. This is proven in their scores on state tests. It shows again in high school as the PCC students regularly are chosen for Ap and honors classes over all others. Anyone in district can go there but there is always a wait list. It was worth the 2 year wait for us and we reccomend it over other grade schools in Illinois.

- submitted by a parent
May 25, 2013
I attended PCCS from kindergarten to the middle of my sixth grade year. I currently attended a public high school 30 minutes from Grayslake and I have to say the academics At PCCS are a joke. I'm a fairly intelligent person and the school did nothing for anyone. We're essential taught to take standardized tests and following a hyper-environmental mindset. My math education was so poor and behind my current districts average I had a C- average my entire seventh grade year once I moved. I also was taught essential no grammar or sentence structure. Science is terrible because the school is too broke to afford and equipment. For Spanish-- a school requirement-- we are pretty much given a dictionary and told to translate words. Another concern of mine is the almost cult-like attitude. Kids who are different are shunned. If you have a view towards the "green lifestyle" that differs from teachers you're put down and told yo're wrong. Overall the education I received was awful and the staff really were not great at all.

- submitted by a community member
November 22, 2012
I am a student at this school, let me just say they do bully a lot over here. starting from 5th grade and up. They focus to much on prairie and plants and all that, but they do not focus on math science or any like that. Our school does not have so much money and so they can not buy any science equipment. I currently go to this school and I would recommend to go somewhere like twin groves in buffalo grove or daniel wright in Lincolnshire.

- submitted by a community member
June 25, 2012
Educational requirements are higher and that is why we chose this school.. the bullying is OUT OF CONTROL.. they have no policy nor course of action for this.. BEWARE... while your child will get more homework and have a higher expectation- it is not worth the hassle.. too many parents are afraid to stand up and take action because its like a cult.. no one wants to go against the adminstration but it is FAR worse than the bullying at Woodland - mainly because at PCCS they turn a blind eye and at Woodland they address the issues right away. Be very careful when looking into this school- much of what they say is smoke and mirrors.. Ask multiple parents and kids before enrolling...

- submitted by a teacher
January 07, 2012
i love this school so much better than any other stinking schools. they r really boring. not 2 b mean, just my option.

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2011
This website requires fifteen words. I had planned on just writing one. NIGHTMARE. But there are my fifteen words.

- submitted by a parent
May 30, 2011
Some this these reviews are so obviously posted by people who pose as concerned parents but are clearly simply detractors that it's laughable. All schools have pluses and minuses. Our daughter has thrived at PCCS and we have been pleased at the quality of the teachers and the welcoming atmosphere. And give me a break - "our child is gifted and that is why he/she is disruptive"?? Wake up, Parent!

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2011
Our son was a struggling student at Woodland and this wonderful school took him to a level where he is now receiving above average grades. I would take negative comments on this site with a grain of salt, given the unionized area public school teachers are against the experimentation and out-of-the-box thinking employed by these charter schools. Kudos to PC for bringing the area a new brand of public school to our area, we are very lucky to have them in Grayslake.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2011
My son loves this school but unfortunately the administration and some of those teachers are a big failure. From the principal to the secretary, they just don t know anything about anything. Their organization is very bad and their manners are words. If you try to get some help for your kid with special needs, they will make sure that you don t get it! Their goal is not to help the kids but to keep their jobs. In addition to that, there are some employees that will make sure to make your life miserable any time they can if they don t like you. Customer service is for sure not in their agenda. To be fear, I have to say that some of those teachers are extremely good and helpful and you can see that they love what they do.

- submitted by a parent
March 01, 2011
Plusses and minuses. Class size is small; the kids tend to be from families that are very committed to their education. Unique focus on the environment. Students have a variety of experiences not available elsewhere. Parent involvement is high. Open equally to Prairie Crossing residents and others in the surrounding school districts (all are combined equally in a lottery). In the minus column, teacher quality is uneven and the same can be said of the administration; over the past 10+ years we witnessed many changes in staffing; particularly disappointing to see several of the best and most experienced teachers let go over the years for inexplicable reasons. Many of the teachers lack experience. As several others have commented, the school tends to suppress gifted students and this was a huge source of frustration. Ultimately we chose to keep our children there because it was important for us that they be able to walk to school in the neighborhood. In high school our children report that PCCS graduates tend to do well and to be more hardworking/try harder than other students, although they are not generally at the very top of their class.

- submitted by a parent
December 28, 2010
There are many wonderful things about this school, but overall the academics do not seem to be the primary focus. Wonderful things: small class sizes, parental involvement, emphasis on being outdoors and physical health of the body as well as environmental awareness, and emphasis on interaction between the class levels (ex, 7th graders teaching 1st graders a block of instruction in plant life cycles). Negatives: Failure on the part of the school and its resources to recognize giftedness as a partial reason for our child's disruptive classroom behavior. I strongly suggest any parent who suspects that their child is gifted seek outside testing. PCCS cannot do the testing, nor will they suggest that option to you even if they suspect a high IQ. The only differentiation for our child was higher grade level reading assignments. The size of the school may impact their ability to implement differentiation in the classroom. PCCS does not have a dedicated gifted program.

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2010
Very poor academics. Principal paid a lot and teachers very little. Math program is very poor.

- submitted by a parent
February 25, 2010
Our teachers just made a union because they're underpaid and dont trust the director or principle of the school. Many parents are not happy with whats gone on with the director in the last 2 years and he is being replaced. The school is broke and if teachers want more money it could close the school. Academics are suffering because teachers are not happy and everyone is fighting.

- submitted by a parent
January 26, 2010
PCCS is a small family like school with devoted and professional teachers, stuff, principle and director. It has good resource of students with very caring parents. We love the school.

- submitted by a parent
no rating October 03, 2009
Prairie Crossing is a very unique conservation school with a charter that is committed to teach children that importance of preserving our environment for further generations!

- submitted by a parent
September 24, 2009
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- submitted by a teacher
no rating September 18, 2009
Prairie Crossing is a great school because it has the best teachers who go above and beyond their duties to make sure the kids are in the best learning environment possible. The school is small(22)kids per class and it helps the kids feel comfortable enough to express their true feelings and be themselves. I think that is a really important message.

- submitted by a parent
no rating September 17, 2009
The school focuses on the caring for the environment. The children take part in a learning farm that is organic. The school stresses community and respect for all students, faculty and parents.

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
Prairie Crossing Charter School is an integral part of a conservation community. Students have access to our trails, our playgrounds and our Learning Farm. Teachers are fantastic and many are parents as well as neighborhood residents. Students from outside of the neighborhood ARE allowed, but the school is designed for and around bikers and walkers and parents who can come in to volunteer during the day. There is a closeness to this community. Parents are not required to fundraise but our property values are enhanced by the school and paying $1,200 of the total $11,000 cost is a small price to pay for such a great neighborhood resource!

- submitted by a parent
August 24, 2009
This year we took our child out of PCCS and enrolled him in Woodland. PCCS uses looping and multi-age classrooms but does not understand the basic concepts of how to use these wonderful alternatives! Gifted students are crammed down to the least common denominator. My son was constantly bored and in trouble because he was 'daydreaming' after his class assignments were complete, yet he was not allowed to read or do additional work. He was expected to help the others at the expense of challenging himself academically. The director and principal are more of an obstacle than a resource. A few teachers are fantastic but they're being brought down by a negative culture. Charter schools are supposed to be creative and innovative - not PCCS. The director has made this a traditional school and caters to parents who live in the neighborhood and are generous contributors or are on the board.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2009
The only reason we attend this school is because it is in our subdivision so it's more convenient than long bus trips. We thought the school was a private school for just our community when we bought here, but unfortunately children carpool here from all over, which diminishes the environmental mission of the neighborhood. Parents are expected to do a great deal of fundraising; approximately $1200 per student, per the director. The school has a distinct private school feeling which is great if you fit in but could be construed as exclusive if not.

- submitted by a parent
July 30, 2009
I like the small setting...it's not a huge campus that children find overwhelming. However, I think the staff leaves much to be desired. The office secretary is often rude and uninformed. Unfortunately, a handful of the teachers and assistants make a parent wonder why they are even teaching when they are so obviously miserable. On the other hand, there are many teachers and assistants that are exceptional and should be proud of themselves. I guess you just have to hope your child is lucky enough to get one of the good ones in order to benefit from attending Prairie Crossing.

- submitted by a parent
July 12, 2009
The school is not perfect, but I don't know of any school that is. I feel I am a part of my children's education which is unlike other experiences I've had. My children have thrived in this atmosphere and I think it is the best fit for them. It is unfortunate that the school does seem to have a few parents and past parents that go out of their way to slander the school, but as a previous poster pointed out there are always complainers. Our family is really happy at PCCS.

- submitted by a parent
January 18, 2009
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- submitted by a student
August 19, 2008
Assignments are given and it is left up to the student to figure out how to accomplish the assignment. For example, in Spanish class (required for all grades) students do not memorize vocabulary or learn sentence structure; they're given a spanish/english dictionary and told to translate- what a waste.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 18, 2008
Today was the first day of school and it was an incredible experience. The entire school body & many parents gathered together in the court yard where they were greeted by the Director & Principal as a community. It was such a warm and welcoming experience and it truly had a family like feeling. We are so happy to be members of this school; we know everyone who works with our child and she knows everyone who works at the school. It truly has an environment that is conducive to learning and teaching a sense of community.

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2008
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July 17, 2008
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- submitted by a student
June 24, 2008
We like the school very much, and more importantly, our children love it there. Yes, there have been quirks about the school that I wish didn't exist, but they do exist at every school in some fashion. There are always going to be people who are unhappy, there are always going to be people who don't find it a good fit for their children. Along those lines, there are always going to be people who do value the educational experiences their children are having. We do not live in the neighborhood. We make sacrifices to send our children to the school because of the lack of busing, but we gain in time spent commuting with our children. I disagree that the school is snobby. Rather, I think that people get to become friends when volunteering. There are numerous ways to get involved at the school, on many levels.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 17, 2008
As this school year comes to a close I have spent time reviewing the school year with my child. We are extremely pleased with academic gains our child has made. Prairie Crossing Charter School is a very unique school; it combines a superb academic experience with an environmental focus that we believe is preparing our child to be a critical thinker with a strong conscience. The school s small size and unique setting also contribute to its character and culture. I strongly encourage you to consider this school for your children, it is amazing.

- submitted by a parent
no rating June 03, 2008
I can not believe how fortunate my family is to have our child attend this school. The teacher/student ratios are great! While it takes some luck to get into the school given its lottery process and the number of families seeking admission it is clearly worth the effort. I was taken aback by a couple of earlier reviews that said the school has gone down hill, I could not disagree more; I believe the school is doing an excellent job and is getting better all the time!

- submitted by a parent
no rating May 13, 2008
The school's test results and Great School's rating of the school speak for themselves. Clearly no school is right for every child, fortunately this is a school of choice and parents can have their children attend the underlying districts. Do your research, review the school s performance history, and of course visit the school. Remember it is a school of choice that appears to do a great job with most students; however, you should look at all available choices for your child and choose the best one. For my family the school has done an incredible job and I couldn t be happier. As for families that the school doesn t work for, I respect their decision to move to a different school. As for families who remain at a school they don t like, as is the case with the previous poster, well we all know some people who just like to complain.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2008
Unfortunately the school has gone way, way downhill. The administration is unresponsive and many parents have removed their children, returning to the public schools. Don't be fooled by the five, five star reviews - curiously posted within a 24 hour window.

- submitted by a parent
April 11, 2008
The school has done a wonderful job of maintaining high standards while instilling a love of learning in our children.

- submitted by a parent
no rating April 11, 2008
Our children have attended this school for 5 years and absolutely LOVE it. They are all thriving in small classes with fabulous teachers. They love learning about the outdoors and sharing what they learn with us. We wlecome the the opportunity to volunteer in the classroooms and to be part of a small community.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2008
My husband and I are extremely happy with the education our children are receiving at Prairie Crossing Charter School. We are in our 6th year at PCCS, and appreciate the many dedicated teachers and administrators who make this a warm, nurturing and academically challenging learning environment for our children. We feel fortunate to have a choice in the public education of our children. While Woodland is a fine school district, we prefer the small school environment offered at PCCS. I have the ability to spend time in my children s classrooms, and know all of their classmates by name. Both the principal and director know our children by name. Among others, one of our favorite features is that Spanish instruction starts in kindergarten. Our kids are flourishing at this school, and we look forward to more exciting educational experiences as they continue their journey.

- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2008
Prairie Crossing is a truly exceptional school. The staff are excellent and the children thrive in this setting. We are truly fortunate to have found such a school for our child. While every school has its detractors who wish to dismiss an institution s accomplishments, Prairie Crossing can stand proudly on its documented success. Few schools have the record of success this school has. Simply put, Prairie Crossing is a unique and excellent school that prepares students not only for academic success but to be strong and positive citizens who serve as stewards of our environment.

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April 10, 2008
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- submitted by a parent
April 10, 2008
Prairie Crossing Charter School is a unique place where every child is treated as an individual with special gifts and are nurtured as such. The school offers an academic curriculum centered on the environment based on their charter document and children learn so much about caring for our earth, protecting the environment, civic responsibility and global citizenship. It's unique, its fun and its very rewarding to be a part of this school community

- submitted by a teacher
October 29, 2007
I have been an educator for many years and a parent for many years as well. Prairie Crossing is an incredible school. I have two boys in the school--one in 7th grade and one in 1st. They love school--the teachers are great. True, there are a few parents and board members who have had their own agenda but I think that is behind us now. Your kids will do well here. Fortunately, they are above the politics.

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October 18, 2007
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August 22, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
October 07, 2005
I am a parent of two children at this school and they both love it. The academics is challenging and the community is great. They love the environmental aspect the most, the fact that they are learning by being in the outdoors, taking hikes and appreciating nature in their magic spots. A great school. Parents are encouraged to participate in many aspects. There are plenty of extra curricular activities including an excellent band, chess and newspaper, as well as a soccer team and basketball.

- submitted by a parent
October 10, 2004
I like the personal attention that my children get from the teachers and the school holds many community functions.

- submitted by a parent
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Prairie Crossing Charter School
1531 Jones Point Road, Grayslake, IL  60030
(847) 543-9722
Last modified Prairie Crossing Charter School is a Charter school that serves grades K-8. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 9 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Prairie Crossing Charter School Rating: 3 out of 5 based on 49 reviews. Top