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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
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