Prairie Hill Waldorf School

Prairie Hill Waldorf School Photo #1 - Students at Prairie Hill Waldorf School create their own textbooks, called "main lesson books," from lessons and material presented by teachers and from their own creativity and inspiration.
Prairie Hill Waldorf School Photo #2 - "Many hands make light work." Everyone helps during Michaelmas.
Prairie Hill Waldorf School Photo #3 - Our year-round Morning Glory playgroups offer what parents call "an oasis in a busy world" for children and their parent or caregiver. With classes serving children from infancy to 4 years old, there is a playgroup for everyone.
Prairie Hill Waldorf School Photo #4 - Kindergarteners begin each day outside, rain our shine!
Prairie Hill Waldorf School Photo #5 - On 14 acres, Prairie Hill students raise chickens, tend to gardens and care for our newly acquired bee hives. Reverence for nature plays an important role in our curriculum.
Prairie Hill Waldorf School Photo #6 - Mayfaire is the celebration of Spring. The third graders learn and perform a traditional Maypole dance accompanied by older children playing music. A meal is served and there are games such as the beloved cake walk, activities including painting and the much anticipated Fairy Glen tours.
Prairie Hill Waldorf School Photo #7 - Each grades classroom teacher adds beautiful hand drawn chalk drawings depicting a part of the curriculum.
Prairie Hill Waldorf School Photo #8 - Prairie Hill Firehawks took 1st place in the Warrior Classic and were the LACC Regular Season Champions in 2015!
Prairie Hill Waldorf School Photo #9 - Grade 6 students put their whole bodies into their caving trip.
Prairie Hill Waldorf School Photo #10 - Not afraid to get dirty at any age at Prairie Hill Waldorf School.
Prairie Hill Waldorf School is a vibrant educational community providing a rich academic, artistic, and practical educational experience that brings forth the full potential of each child.
The breadth and depth of a Prairie Hill education gives children a life of awakened abilities and a highly developed capacity for academic achievement, creativity, self-confidence, and self-discipline.
Our graduates are prepared for advanced classes in high school, carrying with them a strong foundation for adaptability, compassion, integrity, and the courage to seek out and act on what they believe to be right and true.
The Waldorf curriculum draws out the child's innate curiosity, independent judgment, and love of learning.

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School Overview

School TypeSchool with Special Program Emphasis
School Membership(s)School Assoc.Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Waldorf Early Childhood Association of North America
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-8
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedTo be discussed with parent
Year Founded1986
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesWe offer 10 weeks of Summer Garden, an outdoor play based camp for children ages 3-7.

Student Body

Total Students144 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade Prairie Hill Waldorf School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers12 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio12:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size12 students
Classroom Dress CodeCasual
(No characters, large logos or writing so as to minimize distraction )

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesVaries, depending on age and number of days in attendance. Tuition Assistance available. Prairie Hill is now taking part in the WPCP, Wisconsin Parental Choice Program. Families may qualify for free tuition. Please call or visit website for specific costs.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions DirectorElizabeth Torinus
Admissions AssociateJeanne Ring


Total Sports Offered3 sports
SportsBasketball, Track and Field, VolleyballBasketballTrack and Field,

School Notes

  • The core of the internationally acclaimed Waldorf philosophy is that every child has the right to develop his or her full human potential; to develop clear, creative thought and expression; balance and compassion in feeling; and conscience and initiative in action. Our curriculum upholds the highest principles of academic excellence, artistic experience, and craftsmanship in practical work, while addressing the gifts and talents of each student. For the young child, Prairie Hill Waldorf School offers a parent-child playgroup for ages 18 months to four years, Wondergarden for ages three to four, and Kindergarten. In Early Childhood, young children are nurtured in a homelike environment. Their days include time in nature, artistic activities, creative play with natural toys, stories, songs, and practical activities such as building, sewing, and cooking. The curriculum fosters the curiosity and joy of childhood and builds the self-confidence and pre-academic skills that become the foundation for formal learning in the grades. In Grades 1-8, Prairie Hill's dedicated faculty brings a broad-based curriculum to life through innovative teaching that weaves hands-on experiences, singing, problem-solving, art, and movement. The result is children who not only learn deeply, but also love to learn"and carry that joy of learning into their adult lives. Core academic subjects are integrated with the arts (drama, painting, sculpture, dance, and music), active movement and handwork (from woodworking to knitting), and two foreign languages (German and Spanish). Students enhance multiple intelligences and life skills through a wealth of field trips, community service work, and class plays where every student in every grade has a part. Plus, there is plenty of outdoor time on our spacious campus, complete with gardens and chickens. Prairie Hill's rich festival life, from the Lantern Walk to Mayfaire grounds children in tradition and seasonal rhythms and offers parents a welcoming community from where they can learn, benefit, and grow. Prairie Hill Waldorf School is an independent, nonsectarian, nonprofit school serving children ages infant through Grade 8. We are a fully accredited school by both the Association of Waldorf Schools of North America and the North Central Association.We are located in Pewaukee, Wisconsin, just 30 minutes west of Milwaukee and 45 minutes east of Madison.
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    2.7 miles
    2600 Summit Ave
    Waukesha, WI 53188
    (262) 547-2545
    2.7 PK-8
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    9 miles
    246 W Ottawa Avenue
    Dousman, WI 53118
    (262) 965-2291
    9 PK-8
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    (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (formerly AELC, ALC, or LCA))
    Grades: PK-8 | 174 students
    10 miles
    1650 Brown Street
    Oconomowoc, WI 53066
    (262) 912-6364
    10 PK-8
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    (Lutheran Church Missouri Synod)
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    10.5 miles
    210 E Pleasant St
    Oconomowoc, WI 53066
    (262) 567-5001
    10.5 PK-8
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    Grades: PK-8 | 148 students
    3.5 miles
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    (262) 547-6740
    3.5 PK-8

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