A good school is one that has a principal, teachers and staff that cares about and strives for progress and success for ALL students. If you have a child that struggles, you will not get the support you need at Prairie High School.
I absolutely love Prairie High school. I came from a private school my freshmen year and was placed into lower classes even though I was one of the top students at my old school. It was shocking how much work they give. I at least have 3 hours of Homework every night. The teachers are awesome. They will email you and stay after school and work with you until you learn the subject. Our principal is a nice but very strict man. The school is more strict than my private Christian school. Now I'm in AP and loving the warm-welcoming atmosphere and the schools fun events. I love high school!
I have four girls. 3 have gone to other schools and all 3 have ended their high school education at Prairie High School. Prairie is the most comfortable, excepting, unpretentious high school. The staff treat the students with respect and in turn the students are loyal to their high school. All 3 of my girls have gone onto university with the guidance from their terrific counselors and college center staff. I recommend Prairie to anyone that does not like the drug affected, pretentious and stifling atmosphere of Hockinson High school. Ps Prairie may not look like a shiny penny but it is brillant on the inside. Go Prairie High!!!
I think this school is under rated. On the downside the facility is outdated and I thought my student's teachers were good, but not all were great her freshman year. However, the students at this school seem to be active and involved in school activities. Several of their sports teams are the best in the county. ROTC is popular. The office staff is so on the ball. The students seem happy and make this school work. The principal is on the conservative side but he cares about the school. Prairie has good WASL scores, I think, largely because many of the students care about their education. Prairie has pride and an experienced faculty. I would not overlook this high school. My student chose it over CAM and Battle Ground and she absolutely loves it. The transition from middle school was seamless.
I'm a grad student, and I love Prairie. I have gone to another high school in my past, and I have to say even with the lack of fundings Prairie is superior is many ways. The teachers do so much with so little, and the students do well in life with what they receive in education. There is however, a greater emphasis put on athletics over academics, and I think there should be an equal amount of attention placed on the both as they are equally important, if not more important when it concerns academics. I praise the enviroment also, with a lot of religous but very tollerant people. People feel very welcomed and at peace, and something I was surprised but happy to see, there were quite a few open homosexual students, which just shows how safe students feel among their peers at Prairie.
I've had three children (2 grads & 1 current) go through Prairie. We moved here from the midwest 5 years ago where there is immeasurably greater community tax-support of schools. The lack of funding to the Battle Ground school district reduces the richness of offerings: no orchestra anywhere in the district, big cuts in choral music and foreign languages. There was loss of great teachers that will take a long time to rebuild to the quality before the second levy failure in a row in 2006. Offsetting these problems are dedicated and hard-working staff that have been cut back as far as one can conscionably go. They do a great job in the basics that remain. The kids test well nationally and find good in the extracurricular programs that remain. A core of parents make a big difference. I'm happy with the school, dissatisfied with Battle Ground School district voters. Aug, 2007.
I am currently a senior at Prairie and I find it academically a good school but they charge for a sport and if you cant afford it too bad for you then. I feel they need to utilize their money better and not charge so much for sports or have some type of a scholarship program for those who can not afford it. ~Kaitlynn
WE think that prairie high school is the best school in the USA we have passed all of our classes it is way better then our old school.
I graduated from Prairie in 2003. Overall my experiences were positive, with a variety of extracurricular activities and ways for students to get involved in the school and community. I had many excellent teachers throughout my four years, and enjoyed the variety of subjects offered. I did not notice much parental involvement during school hours, but there were opportunities for parents to get involved with after school clubs and activities. I always felt safe while at school, and I didn't notice students being treated unfairly by staff or being teased by peers.
I graduated in 2003 and am currently attending Stanford University in California. All but a one or two of my teachers were dedicated, knowledgeable, and always willing to take extra time to work one-on-one. I have formed many close relationships with teachers and staff, some that will last me a lifetime. Prairie may not be a prep school, but I believe that it has prepared me well for college and beyond, and I have not found myself lacking any essential skills that I should have learned. Prairie is also very diverse in it's extra-curricular programs whether you seek art, academic, sport, community service or government/leadership activities. I highly recommend this high school. (And its Science Olympiad team is excellent!)
My son is a sophmore. This is his second year in public school. Most of the teachers are good. The counselors are lacking. Sports are pretty good with fairly good coaches.Dress code could use a little help. The school itself neeeds some updating but the coarses offered are quite good. My son likes it very much. Not alot of drinking or drug problems which is nice. Most kids are pretty good.
My daughter is a sophmore this year. This is only her 2nd year in the public school system. She absolutely loves it. Her teachers have been great, the extracurricular activities have been great. The music program is wonderful!
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