The Prairie School

5.00 5 1 (3 reviews)
Tel: (262)752-2500
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
  • We believe a well-rounded education is the key to lifelong success. Our students are encouraged to pursue and achieve excellence in all things.
  • Here your son or daughter will realize their dreams as a scholar, artist, athlete and leader.
  • By capitalizing on the countless opportunities available to them at Prairie, every single student shapes an experience that prepares them to enter the next phase of their life capable and confident.
  • Prairie graduates are creative problem solvers and outstanding communicators able to thrive in whatever endeavor they choose.  Just imagine the possibilities.

School Overview

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

Student Body

Total Students614 students
Student Body TypeCo-ed
% Students of Color
State avg.: 27%
Students by GradeThe Prairie School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers88 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio7:1
National avg.: 13:1
Average Class Size14 students
Number of AP Courses12 courses
List of Courses OfferedLink to List of Courses
Matriculation DataMatric. DataLink to Matriculation Data

Finances and Admission

Admission DeadlineNone / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost$18,100
Tuition NotesProgram TuitionEarly School – 5 Full Days $8,950 Kindergarten – 5 full days $9,950 Grades 1 - 6 $14,465 Grades 7 - 12 $15,465
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant$5,000
Admissions DirectorMolly Lofquist Johnson
Admissions AssociateCallie Atanasoff


Total Sports Offered8 sports
SportsBaseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, VolleyballBaseballBasketball,
Cross CountryGolf,
Track and FieldVolleyball,


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.26 extracurriculars
ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.Key Club, School Newspaper, Student Advisory Board, Sustainability Committee

Club or Organization:
Forensics, French Club, Honor Committee, Literary Magazine, Math Club, Model OAS, Model UN, Science Olympiad, Ski Club, Spanish Club, Student Government, Wilderness

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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School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
5  6/12/2017
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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5  6/12/2017
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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5  6/12/2017
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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