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The Prairie School

Private | PK-12 | 640 students

The Prairie School is an independent private school for students from age 3 thro
 
 

 
 

Living in Racine

Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $97,600. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $740.

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Posted yesterday

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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted 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


Posted 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.


Posted June 3, 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


Posted May 20, 2014

Prairie School will soon get a new Headmaster. It is unlikely that this will change the unprofessional way teachers and administrators act, but it would be interesting to see if there are changes. The school has a very proud history, but is not living up to that history and to its founder's dreams in many ways at all.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted April 4, 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


Posted December 30, 2013

Prairie is one of the great schools in this country as recognized by the Malone Foundation and the E.E. Ford Foundation. My kids love it!!!! Smart friends, great teachers, strong arts and sports.what more could you ask for?
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 8, 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


Posted 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


Posted 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


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Teacher resources

Special staff resources available to students Art teacher(s)
College counselor(s)
Dance teacher(s)
ELL/ESL Coordinator
Librarian/media specialist(s)
Math specialist(s)
Music teacher(s)
PE instructor(s)
Nurse(s)
Reading specialist(s)
Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
Teacher aid/assistant teacher
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Special education / special needs

Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math (STEM)

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Technology
Staff resources available to students
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
School facilities
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
Clubs
  • Robotics club
  • Technology club

Arts & music

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Arts (all)
  • Performing arts
  • Visual arts
Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
School facilities
  • Art room
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production
Clubs
  • Art club
  • Student newspaper
  • Yearbook

Language learning

Specific academic themes or areas of focus
  • Foreign languages
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Staff resources available to students
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
Clubs
  • Foreign language and culture club

Health & athletics

Staff resources available to students
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym

Gifted & talented

Instructional and/or curriculum models used
  • Advanced placement courses
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Clubs
  • National Honor Society
School leaders can update this information here.

School basics

School start time
  • 8:30 am
School end time
  • 3:45 pm
Before school or after school care / program onsite
  • Before school: starts at 7:15 a.m.
  • After school: ends at 6:00 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Nathaniel W. Coffman, Ed.D.
Best ways for parents to contact the school
  • Email
  • Phone
Age at which early childhood or Pre-K program begins
  • 3 years old
Gender
  • Coed
Is there an application process?
  • Yes
Affiliation
  • Nonsectarian
Associations
  • NAIS
Fax number
  • (262) 752-2516

Programs

Instructional and/or curriculum models used

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  • Advanced placement courses
  • College prep
  • STEM
Specific academic themes or areas of focus

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  • Arts (all)
  • Environmental
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Performing arts
  • Science
  • Service learning
  • Technology
  • Visual arts
  • Writing
Level of special education programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students
Foreign languages taught
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • French
  • Spanish
Level of ESL/ELL programming offered
  • Basic - the school offers or partners to provide services based on the needs of individual students

Resources

Staff resources available to students
  • Art teacher(s)
  • College counselor(s)
  • Dance teacher(s)
  • ELL/ESL Coordinator
  • Librarian/media specialist(s)
  • Math specialist(s)
  • Music teacher(s)
  • Nurse(s)
  • PE instructor(s)
  • Reading specialist(s)
  • Robotics/Technology specialist(s)
  • Teacher aid/assistant teacher
Extra learning resources offered
  • Career/college counseling
  • Counseling
  • Mentoring
  • Tutoring
College preparation / awareness resources offered
  • College prep programs/courses during the year
  • College presentations or information sessions
  • SAT/ACT prep classes
  • Summer college prep programs
Transportation options
  • Buses/vans for students only
School facilities
  • Access to sports fields
  • Art room
  • Cafeteria
  • College/career center
  • Computer lab
  • Garden/Greenhouse
  • Gym
  • Internet access
  • Library
School leaders can update this information here.

Sports

Boys sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track
  • Volleyball

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • None
Music
  • Choir / Chorus
Performing arts
  • None
Media arts
  • Graphics
  • Technical design and production
  • Video / Film production

Student clubs

Clubs (distinct from courses)
  • Art club
  • Book/reading club
  • Boy scouts
  • Community service
  • Cub scouts
  • Foreign language and culture club
  • Girl scouts
  • Model OAS
  • Model UN
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics club
  • Student newspaper
  • Technology club
  • Yearbook
School leaders can update this information here.

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School culture

Dress Code
  • Dress code
Parent involvement
  • Attend parent nights
  • Chaperone school trips
  • Join PTO/PTA
  • Organize fundraising events (school auction, bake sales, etc.)
  • Tutor
School colors
  • Brick Red, Navy Blue
School mascot
  • Hawk
More from this school
  • 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.
School leaders can update this information here.

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What does it cost?

Tuition range for the 2014-2015 school year
$12000 - $15000
Vouchers accepted
No
Financial aid offered
Yes.
Application fee
No

Planning ahead

College preparation / awareness offered
College prep programs/courses during the year
College presentations or information sessions
SAT/ACT prep classes
Summer college prep programs
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4050 Lighthouse Dr
Racine, WI 53402
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Phone: (262) 752-2500

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