"The Prairie School is an independent private school for students from age 3 thro"
Students enrolled 640
Hours 8:30 AM - 3:45 PM
School leader Nathaniel W. Coffman, Ed.D.
Transportation options Yes
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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4050 Lighthouse Dr
Racine, WI 53402

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(262) 752-2500
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4 stars
Based on 35 ratings

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October 16, 2014
We love this school. Our son is in the Primary School is thriving. He loves going to school each day and does not want to leave at the end of the day. Science is his favorite subject and is enjoying the coding and robotics class.

- submitted by a parent
October 16, 2014
Having been on staff at Prairie for five years, I am kicking myself for not exposing my four grown children to a Prairie School education. The dedication of the teachers is immeasurable - always challenging and encouraging students to go a step beyond... The opportunities to learn go well beyond a 'desk' education - the glassblowing lab, theater productions, rocket science experiments, musical performances, athletic programs - all combine to give students a blueprint for their future learning. I am fortunate to be a part of this wonderful school.

- submitted by a teacher
September 22, 2014
Prairie School has been a wonderful place for our son! The teaches are amazing, the opportunities are incredible (math/science/writing as well as art!) and the philosophy is a great reflection of how we, as a family, view education. Although it's a huge investment, we know that it will be well worth the money - especially if he's able to obtain the current average college scholarships that many of the Prairie graduates receive! Prairie School is AWESOME!!

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2014
Prairie School develops kids to be successful academically, but also prepares them for future in college and workplace by encouraging active participation, opportunities for leadership, fitness/sports/healthy lifestyle, and community service. Yes - there are a lot of wealthy families at Prairie, but these are families that are community leaders in volunteering, donation, and supporting organizations outside the school. The majority of families have hardworking parents who make trade-offs to afford Prairie. Being a full-time working mom, there was great peace of mind knowing our kids were in a safe, nurturing environment, with teachers very tuned into to our family. Communication between administration, teachers, and parents is great. No child gets lost in the shuffle, and individual talents and strengths are encouraged. The main reason we choose to stay living in Racine is because of Prairie School, we truly believe there is not a better educational offering or investment we could make in our kids.

- submitted by a parent
August 15, 2014
We are current Prairie parents. What Prairie has provided for our children cannot be measured. They are leaders, they work hard, they are compassionate, they feel accountable, they are goal-setters. They are good kids with friends from many backgrounds and cultures. They understand that they are very fortunate to attend Prairie. We are not wealthy, and receive financial aid, just like 40% of other families at Prairie. Our older children entered college far better prepared than their peers. We thank Prairie for giving our kids an awesome start in life!

- submitted by a parent
August 13, 2014
The best education in SE Wisconsin. I am an alumni who was able to get into the school of my choice. I am a parent of three who attend the school. The small class sizes are great for teachers to really teach each child individually and inspire them in many ways. A well rounded education with high aspirations of academic, athletic and personal development are keys to Prairie's success. Prairie is a must for parents looking for the best opportunity for success of their children.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
Great school with a solid balance of academics and extra activities. Smaller class sizes give good attention from teachers. Get to know the administration, especially the college counseling office. Extra help may be needed periodically and this is useful. Sports program is very strong though track and volleyball are weak. Tennis, Basketball and especially soccer are state renowned. New Headmaster should bring continued innovative ideas but still early.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
The best school I found in the area that will provide my children with an advantage when they enter college. I'd sacrifice a few luxurys to provide this for my family. Prairie's college placement program offers guidance and expertise not found in other schools. Being part of Prairie has been a totally rewarding experience for our entire family.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
Prairie teaches great study habits and exposes the students to a wide variety of activities. A very inclusive and tight student body. I have had two children and six grandchildren attend the school and they are thankful for the experience that they had at Prairie.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
The Prairie School is a wonderful place for students to not only learn, but to blossom to their full potential. The teachers are engaged with the students and take an interest in finding the best way to help each student learn. Students get a great deal of hands on experiences in the Sciences, the Arts, and sports. This gives Prairie Students a very well-rounded education. Prairie helps students not only to get into great colleges but helps them be prepared to meet the rigors of college classes. Both our daughters attended Prairie from age 4 through high school and have become confident, compassionate, well-educated young women. Our family has recommended Prairie to many of our friends and will continue to do so.

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
Our children attended public school prior to Prairie. Moving them was the best decision we ever made! It is a misconception that the school is only for the "elite". A large number of students are from middle class or modest backgrounds. The school literally has a plan to help ALL students fit in that includes assigning a "buddy" to help acclimate them during their first year. It's wonderful to know ahead of time that your child will not be sitting alone at lunch! That is just a small example of how much the staff/teachers care about every single student. And we can't say enough about the academics. Our kids were head and shoulders above their peers when they got to college. Our experiences were so positive, we continue to support and volunteer at the school, and attend sports games and fundraisers, although our children graduated several years ago. There are many Open Houses and other opportunities to visit Prairie to see what the school has to offer. Make time for a visit if you are interested in seeing an amazing environment that your child can be a part of!

- submitted by a parent
August 12, 2014
Great school - all the way around. I have three kids who attended Prairie all the way from K - 12 and it was perfect environment for them. This school is the main reason I stayed living in Racine.

- submitted by a parent
August 11, 2014
I have been involved with Prairie School for almost 50 years. I began attended the school in 1966 (in it's second year of existence) and then graduating. I later chose to send my 3 children there. I am the first person to tell people that Prairie is not a panacea or the best school for everyone. They can accommodate a pretty wide range of learners but there are limits. My experience has been that for the average student who might get lost in larger school environments Prairie performs very well. As a student I know that I spent more time on my classes and homework because I enjoyed the art, theater, sports, and interim program so much. One of my children required work with the learning specialists due to dyslexia and I know how much the school helped her. Plus you would be hard pressed to find a school with the physical plant of Prairie. The school was a great value proposition for both me as well as my children. Highly recommended.

- submitted by a community member
August 10, 2014
Moved our kids to Prairie in 6th & 9th grade respectively. THE BEST DECISION we've ever made as parents. It is not free but Prairie helped defray the costs. Our kids made that back in college scholarships and more importantly they we way ahead of their peers in college admission & preparation. My son is happy & successful in his college of choice & my daughter received a signing bonus in her career of choice the year before she graduated college. Prairie provides the opportunity no other school can. If you want the best education experience, there is a price but Prairie was the best investment we ever made in our children.

- submitted by a parent
August 10, 2014
This is the best decision my parents ever made for me in my entire life. Prairie more than prepared me to not only go to college, but succeed. I wish I could have spent more than 7 years here. When I start a family of my own, my children will attend this school. The teachers are outstanding, the learning atmosphere is unique, and the soccer program is amazing. You won't find a better school.

- submitted by a community member
June 03, 2014
This is the best school in Wisconsin and maybe the whole Midwest! Learning through play has helped our children thrive. The mission focus on the whole child, arts and discovery has been great for my daughter. Teachers: GREAT! Peers: AWESOME! Program: INCREDIBLE! We would be lost without this school.

- submitted by a parent
April 04, 2014
Prairie is a school that many wealthy people in the area send their kids to. They have better education that public schools around the area, but if you were to compare to a different section of wisconsin, it wouldn't be the best. The kids at school have cliques, and brag about all the expensive stuff they own. (Beats, iphone, etc) . Prairie mostly focuses on athletics(basketball and soccer), and theatre. Along with the tuition fee you pay, you have to pay additional for the ipad rental. They have many promotions and fund raisers, where they brib the kids. Everyone judges people, so there are bullies.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2013
I have one Prairie graduate in college feeling well prepared and one still in high school at Prairie loving every day of it. I highly recommend checking out Praire for your child. We are grateful every day that our kids are able to experience the Prairie advantage.

- submitted by a parent
March 21, 2013
Our kids switched to The Prairie School from public school and we couldn't be happier! Unfortunately the old saying is true, "you get what you pay for" and these days a private education far surpasses a public one (at least in Wisconsin). The teachers and staff truly care about the well-being of our children. When kids are spending so much time away from home it is reassuring to know that they are being cared for so well all day at school. My boys were walking out of school just the other day and they both said We love Prairie School . If you knew the struggles that we went though when our oldest was in public school you would realize how life changing that statement truly is! We now have kids who love to learn and they will take that with them throughout their entire life priceless!

- submitted by a parent
March 20, 2013
The independence and success our three kids are presently experiencing--in their mid/late 20's--we feel is directly connected to their experience at Prairie. The bar was consistently set high, and they learned to both produce--and be respectful. We are still stunned by what we paid over the years, especially for university. The money we spent for Prairie is now reaping us (and the kids) great rewards.

- submitted by a parent
March 18, 2013
The Prairie School is awesome. We can't say enough positive things about this school - it's families, teachers and the opportunities it has provided. It's been a great thing for our two sons who both have developed a wide range of friends who all are great kids. This opportunity to attend this school is one of the best things we could ever have given to our children, and a big part of the 'cozy blanket feeling' we hope they carry away from their childhoods.

- submitted by a parent
February 04, 2013
Placed two children one of which graduated from the school. Parents can be rather quirky and affected, especially the moms that are for the most part exceedingly aloof and unapproachable in my opinion. Many of the fathers in my opinion seemed beaten down and exhausted, Teachers are decent, however there seems to be TONS of memorization and busy work. Teachers seemed rather stressed out and in clickish groups. Not really sure they are encouraging ALL STUDENTS to think creatively outside of the box. Uber liberal to a fault in my opinion with a rather apparent fantasy land complex, which sets many of these kids up for a let down later on. Please understand that wealth and privilidge are often accompanied by rampant substance abuse. Be Warned !! If we had to do it all over again not sure it was worth the 25k plus per year to send two children here for so long. The top %10 within the public schools do just as well academiclly. Having said that affording your children the opportunity to be around that type of wealth, access and privilidge certainly has its advantages. If they stay away from the bad things and make the right friendshipsThe Prairie School experience is like no other.

- submitted by a parent
June 16, 2012
This school was a blessing for our child. Prairie far exceeds the quality and standards of any public schools our older children attended and is certainly one of the finest college preps schools in the nation. The teachers are dedicated, caring and concerned for the best interest of every student. The extracurricular activities are outstanding as well as parent involvement. The only negative is that the boys high school basketball coaching is horrendous.

- submitted by a parent
June 10, 2011
With two children at the school, I can attest that they are getting the best educational experience they could receive in the SE Wisconsin area. This is a child-centered school that is not forced to follow ridiculous NCLB test-them-to-death standards, allowing for true in-depth learning to occur. The teachers are all dedicated, and work tirelessly, but a large part of what makes the school work in concert with the teachers is that all of the families are also invested in the proper education of their children, allowing for higher standards to be met. In your average public school with average clientele, it is impossible to shoot very high when not everybody is on board with what is important. The only downsides: While the school professes low tuition compared to its class of school, they continue to raise tuition considerably each year, despite the economic times. This is hitting many hard, and effects the school's parent climate considerably. The Upper School is solid in its content, but extremely old-school in its delivery. They need to become more current in their methods, and not so focused on output and fact-regurgitation.

- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2011
We have three kids at Prairie, they are excellent at all grade levels. We had been at another private school in the area and can say without question Prairie is the best around.

- submitted by a parent
May 18, 2010
Both of my children graduated from Prairie School. They were very different in every way yet Prairie was able to help each of them find their strengths and work around their weaknesses. Each graduated from outstanding universities and have gone on to become successful and productive members of society. The core of education they received at Prairie helped set them on their path. The extra curricular activities; be they sports, drama, music, art or other endeavors are without equal and make the price of Prairie worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2010
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- submitted by a community member
March 28, 2010
The Prairie School is a business, not a school. The teachers are outstanding, but the administration has little concern for the well being of the students. The students at the school are excessively cliquey and those who are included in the cliques are left to fend against torment from their peers. This may cause psychological problems including depression. Essentially, if your children are not accepted by the students, expect to pay more than the price of tuition, for you will be paying for numerous visits to the shrink.

- submitted by a parent
March 05, 2010
I have been going here for 5 years and I love it. There are endless opportunities at this school

- submitted by a student
no rating April 25, 2009
my oldest son is graduating this year and i am very glad to have known he has gotten a great eduaction throught this great school

- submitted by a parent
April 16, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
September 28, 2008
I am extremely fortunate to be a student at the Prairie School. Out of all the schools that I have attended, Prairie is by far the finest. The administration, the teachers, the quality of the resources...everything is simply amazing. I really hope to get the most out of my next four years here!

- submitted by a student
no rating May 12, 2008
Prairie has been a wonderful experience for all four of our children. The faculty has always been attentive to the students needs, and even though the tuition is high they will work with parents who are in financial straits and need a little help. The courswork prepares the students well for college and the activities and expectations prepare the children to be supports to society. The facilities are beautiful and well maintained, and the support this school recieves from the private sector is outstanding. If you have never been aware of the Prairie School, look into it, it is a beautiful place to learn and grow. And to address the cliques ganging up on one another, this is nothing more than student peer presure, no gang activity involved at all. This is a good student body, with great students leading it. And the faculty stays on top of any egregious behavior.

- submitted by a parent
July 09, 2007
The elementary and middle school have been awsome, great teachers who care and spend their time and want to help the students learn. The highschool is the opposite, teachers who dont care, bias leadership the only nice thing about the high school are the building and students

- submitted by a parent
March 15, 2007
Both of our children, son and daughter, attended this high school. We found that the coursework prepared them well for college. There are opportunities to pursue your child's interests in almost any extra-curriclar activity.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2005
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- submitted by a student
July 06, 2004
I went to Prairie from kindergarden through 9th grade. For the most part, Prairie is a wonderful school. There were only a few things I did not care for at Prairie. My class was very segregated. There were three main cliques, and often, one clique would gang up on another. However, not all of the classes are like that. My brother's class was wonderful. Everyone got along just fine. It just depends on the class for that year. I also have reason to believe that I have dyslexia, but was never tested for it at Prairie. This is something that surprises me since the students and teachers have such a close relationship. I finished school at a public school, which I felt offered a comprable education; however, I feel that most of my college success is due to attending Prairie and the base education they provided.

- submitted by a former student
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Whether you’re new to Southeastern Wisconsin or a life-long resident, we know the importance of finding the right school for your child. We encourage you to investigate Prairie and see if we are a ‘good fit’. The Prairie School has been a leader in education for more than 48 years, offering a broad academic curriculum with tremendous opportunities for development in the visual and performing arts, extra-curricular activities and athletics.

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The Prairie School
4050 Lighthouse Dr, Racine, WI  53402
(262) 752-2500
Last modified The Prairie School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
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