Our daughter is a recent grad from Prairie School, having attended since elementary school. She was accepted to 5 college/universities across the country and now attends OC in Los Angeles. The amount of scholarship money she and her classmates were offered for college was unbelievable! In fact, the college scholarship she received was more than we had to pay for high school!
I have been a parent here for 5 years and we love it. The program is strong and it is more than meeting the needs of our two very different children. Our gifted son is challenged and loves the arts program and our daughter who has few learning challenges is fully supported and is have a great year thriving in the athletic program. A few too many new students in the high school who can't keep up in class, but other than that, AWESOME!
Parent of a student who attended for 8 years. The good: - Its a lot better than RUSD - only choice in the area that is not parochial - great physical facilities - a lot of people in supportng roles - library, counselors, etc The not so good: - they do not plan schedues well, and provide poor schedule counseling. Dont count on classes your child planned to take being there Junior or senior year, and those that are are over subscribed (11 seniors on waiting list for introduction to psych???) - lack of flexibilty...expect zero customization to meet a students individual needs - for this level school and the cost, they dont have a very impressive college admissions list. - its quite pricey and expect a lot of additional costs added - its on the way down...enrollment declining.
I love this school. Coming here in 9th grade was the best decision I have ever made. The teachers care about us and treat us with respect. The work load is steady but no busy work. I wish there was a swim team, but other than that, AWESOME School!
I don't know what the last comment is talking about. Prairie is a student centered school that focuses on the big picture and long term growth. If you want your child to be an unmotivated test taking drone don't send them to Prairie. The whole program is designed for gifted and talented students with the Compass Program providing support. The results at Prairie are excellent with 100% college placement and the alumni graduate from college on time, with honors and jobs! The only test that matters is the ACT and the average score is 26.5. The school is ranked #2 in the state by niche.com. We love the school's emphasis on the whole child building their character, creativity, communication and problem solving skills. We feel fortunate to have our kids at the school. The teachers do not have tenure and treat us and our kids with respect. The teachers are true partners. We don't know anyone who is tutored and the ipod is a great tool for organization and creativity. Our friends whose kids have graduated are all thriving in college.
Don t waste your money on the education that is not worse it. I agree kids love it . Reason it is not about rigorous education. No real testing, no spelling bees, no foreign language until 6th Grade, no actual grades till 7th Grade, no gifted and talented program.School will tell you, that their math program is one year ahead. Yes, starting 5th Grade they are trying to teach 6-7th Grade Math. However, most of the children are not ready. Majority of parents are supplementing with additional tutoring. Starting 5th Grade, parents have to rent an I-pad. As a result, 10 year old kids taking videos, pics at school, posting them on social media. Parents are left with the task of controlling their children s internet usage instead of education. There is no PTO! Parent involvement allowed only for fundraising and volunteering.A good indicator of quality education is the list of Universities, graduates attend. It is not impressive.The School is losing attendance and this year new administration started to advertise more. It is also visible at www.greatschools.org, where an increased amount of reviews were posted in recent year only.
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.