Why Prairie?

The Prairie School in Racine, Wisconsin, is one of the finest private, independent, college preparatory day schools in the United States. The School serves students from Early School/ Pre-Kindergarten through Grade 12. We develop educated, poised, confident, creative, and responsible leaders through rigorous and demanding academic programs that enhance individual talents and abilities. We focus on personal character with an emphasis on our A7 educational philosophy: shaping academic, artistic, altruistic, athletic, adaptable, active, and accountable leaders who are well prepared to achieve success in their college and/or university studies and beyond.


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Our breadth of curriculum and our innovative faculty foster the development of leaders for the 21st century. We realize that every child is unique. As a result, we cultivate and nurture each student’s personality, perspective, and dreams so that they reach their true potential as students, thinkers, and individuals.

Through our philosophy we call the “7 As,” Prairie School shapes Academic, Artistic, Athletic, Altruistic, Active, Accountable, and Adaptable future leaders who stand ready for the challenges of tomorrow.

Our program enables our students to springboard to some of the finest colleges and universities. In 2015, our students were offered merit-based scholarships totaling $7,115,418 from numerous colleges, corporations, and local organizations.

Prairie’s integration of technology into every level of the curriculum prepares students to be leaders in today’s technological world. Our iPad One-to-One program demonstrates how we leverage educational technology to enhance the quality of a child’s experience.

The accessibility of faculty and staff is a great source of parent satisfaction here at Prairie. Through direct faculty interaction, parent meetings, newsletters, and electronic communications, Prairie continually reinforces its commitment to the educational triangle comprised of student, parent, and school. Communication breeds success.

Our nationally recruited, regionally renowned, and dedicated faculty are exceptionally trained and passionate about teaching. Small class sizes and a nurturing environment ensure personal attention for each student. Our faculty hold advanced degrees, and we advocate continuing professional development through our ongoing faculty enrichment program.

Prairie offers a variety of programs, clubs, and artistic and athletic opportunities to balance and enhance the educational experience – performing arts, service organizations, sports, and more. To learn more, you can contact our Admissions Office at 262.752.2525, complete our online inquiry form or plan to visit us on campus.

99% of Prairie students live in Racine and Kenosha,Wis., and the southern Milwaukee, Wis. suburbs. The School also has a significant representation of students from 12 foreign countries.

  • Total number of students: 630
  • Average class size: 17
  • Student-to-faculty ratio: 4.8 to 1

Enrollment by School Division

  • Primary School (ES-Grade 4): 164
  • Middle School (Grades 5-8): 199
  • Upper School: 267