The Prairie School

The Prairie School Photo #1 - Learning and growing. It's at the heart of everything we do. This is where your child will learn to create, collaborate, and communicate. Where they will become equipped with the tools to think, reason, write, and question. This is where your child will take ownership of their dreams while chasing down their passions. This is Prairie.
The Prairie School Photo #2 - At The Prairie School, every child becomes his or her best self. Maybe you're three. Maybe you're fifteen. Do you see a planet filled with possibility? Do you have a desire to ask questions and make discoveries? Are you driven to make the most of all life has to offer? This is our mission.
The Prairie School Photo #3 - Everyone's journey is different, but by taking ownership of their individual experiences, Prairie students begin dreaming big while designing their futures. We want our students to love life and achieve greatness. We want them dreaming, doing, flourishing.
The Prairie School Photo #4 - Scholars possess a love of learning. A constant need to know more, how, why. By equipping students with the tools to think, write, reason, create, and question, Prairie ensures that seniors are not only prepared to produce, but sought after by the best schools in the nation.
The Prairie School Photo #5 - Performing and Visual Arts remain vital components of a Prairie education. From age three on students are singing, acting, drawing and creating. By Middle School and Upper School they are ready to take the stage or exhibit pieces at local galleries.
The Prairie School Photo #6 - Coming together as a group to lift that trophy is the goal of every team, but at Prairie, we want our athletes to achieve other things as well: a healthy lifestyle, the satisfaction that comes with giving your all, selflessness. These are attributes instilled from earliest ages on.
The Prairie School Photo #7 - Prairie students are active and engaged in the world around them. They are eager to make their school and community better places. Whether it's participating in a day of service, spearheading an iPods for Alzheimer's initiative, or engaging in the local political process, Prairie is growing leaders.
  • What does it mean to be part of Prairie? It means learning and thriving in a community without preconceived notions of who you ought to be, but has great expectations of what you can do.
  • We are an aspirational school for aspirational families, where your student is known, valued, supported, & challenged.

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School Overview

School Membership(s)School Assoc.National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS)
Independent Schools Association of the Central States (ISACS)
Religious AffiliationNonsectarian
Grades OfferedGrades Prekindergarten-12
Learning Difference ProgramsYes
Learning Programs SupportedLanguage-based or Mild Learning Differences
Year Founded1965
Summer School OfferedYes
Summer Program Cost NotesCosts vary per Summer Program.
Summer Program DetailsLink to Summer Program Details

Student Body

Total Students619 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 31%
Students by Grade The Prairie School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers81 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio8:1
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size14 students
Number of AP Courses15 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Advanced CoursesAP Biology, AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, AP Chemistry, AP Chinese, AP Comparative Government and Politics, AP English, AP Environmental Science, AP French, AP Music Theory, AP Physics, AP Spanish, AP Statistics, AP U.S. History, AP World History
Average ACT score27
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data
Classroom Dress CodeFormal
(Uniforms in Primary and Middle School; Upper School Dress Code)

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Tuition NotesTuition costs vary by grade level.
Admissions DirectorMolly Lofquist Johnson
Admissions AssociateCallie Atanasoff


Total Sports Offered11 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Diving, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, Track and Field, Volleyball, WrestlingBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryDiving,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.30 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Club or Organization:
Art Club, Battle of the Books, Forensics, French Club, Honor Committee, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Model OAS, Model UN, Rocket Science, School Newspaper, Science Olympiad, Service Club, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Student Advisory Board, Student Government, Sustainability Committee, Wilderness, Writing Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Band, Choir, Directing, Fine Arts - Painting, Glassblowing, Orchestra/Jazz Ensemble, Photography, Technical, Theatre Arts - Acting

Recreational Athletic Programs:

School Notes

  • The Prairie School is a child-centered, college-preparatory day school whose mission is to educate our children; develop their individual talents, interests, and abilities; and affirm their dignity and self-worth. We foster academic excellence, leadership and creativity, emphasizing individual success while also recognizing the importance of service to the community. We help young people develop their character: to grow as humane, tolerant, responsible, creative, well-schooled, and self-confident lifelong learners. We give students opportunities to succeed and experiences to help them grow - personally and academically.
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    4.7 miles
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    1.5 miles
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    (262) 639-3333
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    2.1 miles
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    Racine, WI 53402
    (262) 632-1766
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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
I like the little things at Prairie. It is and always has been about the kids. I like when the little wee wogs knock on the studio window to see what is new. It is always fun and informative when I talk to them about what I'm up to. In return, they share their opinions about my work, and I couldn't be more appreciative. --Artist in Residence
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I`m a junior this year and I`ve attended this school ever since I was five, starting all the way back in kindergarten with Mrs. Steffenson. Even though I`m one year off of being a true Prairie "lifer," I have treated this place as a second home; whether I`m recollecting childhood memories as I walk through the circular hallway surrounding the Giving Garden or eating and laughing in the dining room, Prairie has brought a sense of comfort, friendliness, and an unrivalled nurturing air for growth.
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Prairie is not simply a school, but a community that supports every student and lifts up unparalleled academics as well as athletics, arts, leadership, and more.
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