Unique Offerings

Leadership and Outdoor Environmental Education Program

Being pushed to one’s personal limits, exploring boundaries, learning to rely on others, developing leadership skills, and discovering the inner strength to be self-reliant are the major themes of our Upper School Environmental Education Program. Students learn about themselves and the environment in the beautiful wilderness setting of Camp Manito-wish (Boulder Junction, WI), where they spend four days interacting with nature and learning cooperatively with their peers. The curriculum includes ropes courses for freshmen and overnight backpacking, canoeing, and kayaking trips for upperclassmen.

Malone Schools Online Network

As one of the few schools in the country receiving a Malone Scholars Program endowment, Prairie is able to participate in the Malone Schools Online Network. Offering courses like Ancient GreekCreative Writing in the Digital AgeMedical Bioethics and Philosophy in Pop Culture, the MSON bolsters Prairie’s already robust curriculum. This is an outstanding opportunity for highly motivated, disciplined, and often highly accomplished students to take live-time courses with peers from around the country in subjects that high schools cannot typically offer. MSON courses are available to juniors and seniors only. For more information, please contact Maggie McDonough, Co-Director of College Counseling.

Interim Experience

interimBecause we believe it is important to assist our students in obtaining insights into occupations of interest before they enter college, upperclassmen are required to participate in our Junior/Senior Interim Program.  The Interim Program is a two week career investigation opportunity that allows students to experience the professional world outside the classroom. From internships in medical labs to advertising agencies, students participate in real life experiences related to careers of interest.  We also consider travel abroad on school sponsored language trips and community service projects as appropriate opportunities to fulfill the Interim requirement.

Visit the Interim Section of our website to learn more!

Fine and Performing Arts Programs

Our curriculum includes chorus, orchestra/jazz ensemble, acting, theatrical make-up, directing, technical theatre, and AP music theory. Our Fine Arts offerings include painting, glassblowing, photography, ceramics, drawing, printmaking, and design. Upper School theatrical productions with auditions are open to all students. Major productions have included such classics as “The Miracle Worker,” “Blithe Spirit,” “A Piece of My Heart,” “Cabaret,” “Once Upon a Mattress,” “Anything Goes,” and “Curtains.” Our theatre program also features annual student-directed plays. Both Fine and Performing Arts courses utilize visiting artists and field trips to enhance learning.

Visit the Arts Section of our website to learn more!

Honor Code

The students, faculty, and administration of the Prairie School collectively value the school’s identity as a unique academic and social environment upheld by the pillars of honesty, integrity, accountability, mutual respect, and shared trust among all members of the community. In order to maintain such an environment, members of the Prairie School community hereby pledge to abide by the following statements:

  1. Students will maintain the integrity, trust, and openness characteristic of the Prairie School community by:
    1. Respecting the physical and intellectual property of peers, faculty, administration, and school.
    2. Treating faculty and peers with respect.
    3. Conducting themselves in an honorable manner in academic and social situations by:
      1. Not plagiarizing, cheating, or receiving other forms of unauthorized assistance on any academic assessment.
      2. Refraining from placing peers in situations where they may break the honor code, such as by asking them to cheat or steal.
    4. Being truthful within the community.
  2. Students are encouraged to foster integrity by:
    1. Addressing peers about possible violations of the Honor Code.
    2. Reaching out to the faculty for assistance in addressing any activity that is detrimental to the Prairie School community.
  3. Faculty and administration will work to provide an environment of trust, honesty, and openness by:
    1. Removing any and all ambiguity from all form of academic assessment and clearly defining the parameters of each assignment or assessment.
    2. Clearly defining their expectations when it comes to group or individual assignments or assessments as well as behavior within and outside the classroom.

I, ______________________,  pledge to uphold the pillars of honesty, integrity, accountability, mutual respect, and shared trust among the Prairie School community.

College Counseling

Our college counseling begins freshman year when students and their families become familiar with our college process.  The program provides the guidance and direction needed to make informed choices, as well assistance with the application process.  Approximately 70 colleges from across the U.S. visit our campus so that our students are informed and presented with a breadth of opportunities.  One-on-one counseling sessions explore a student’s abilities, skills, and interests.  Our goal is to ensure each student has made an informed and confident decision when transitioning into the next phase of their educational careers.

Visit the College Counseling Section of our website to learn more!

Advisory Program

Prairie has a comprehensive advisor/advocacy program to help guide our students’ growth. Advisors meet with their students daily to discuss academic performance and social issues, and set personal goals. Advisors also maintain regular contact with parents to ensure the “communication triangle” is complete.

Co-Curricular Activities (Sports & Clubs)

Upper School students may choose to participate in a variety of extracurricular clubs, as well as interscholastic sports. While the athletic competition is intense, a school-wide no-cut policy encourages participation and camaraderie as student-athletes begin learning and focusing on the finer points of their favorite sports.

Goal: We seek to share and discuss the sometimes truly heinous casting, acting, directing, writing and producing choices made by Hollywood.

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Goal: USBC is a student-led book club with selections and activities designed around the interests of its members.

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USBC meets during lunch.

Goal: To practice and enjoy the art of calligraphy.

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Goal: This organization is for all who feel that communication and discussions about race, gender, individuality, and healthy expression are important. The goals of the organization are to provide a safe space for all students, begin conversations about topics that may be difficult to discuss, to foster and cultivate interest and care for cultures and lifestyles other than one’s own, to bring students together from differing backgrounds in an attempt to gain clarity, understanding, and respect for each other.

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Goal: To make students ready to compete in speaking and acting contests at the State and National levels.

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Goal: To encourage involvement in additional cultural activities.

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The main events that we have every year are: The Concours Oral Français and the Language Week. The students leaders can organize other events.

Goal: To learn different techniques of glassmaking and create collaborative glass piece together.

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Goal: The Honor Committee is a group of eleven students in grades 10-12 elected by their peers to uphold the Honesty Standard. This group and a faculty advisor meet to review issues of cheating, plagiarism, theft, and vandalism.

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Elections take place each spring.

Goal: To improve students’ mathematical thinking.

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Members participate as little or as much as their schedules allow. There are opportunities for participation during lunch, Flex, after school, and one weekend contest.

Goal: Model UN is a “conference offering high school students a rewarding and challenging opportunity to learn about foreign policy and gain experience in the skills of international diplomacy through simulations of real-world issues impacting individuals, families, and communities in member-states being discussed at the United Nations.” – from UWM’s Institute of World Affairs website

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Goal: To celebrate the differences and commonalities of the Prairie Community by embracing the diversity of our cultures.

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Goal: An organization that will allow students to gain peer recognition and leadership growth through opportunities that support college preparation and opportunities for awards, scholarships, and to have work published nationally.

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Goal: To build a performing arts culture on campus, unite students interested in performing arts, and organize performance activities/events.

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Goal: P.A.S.S. (Peer Academic Support Services) provides peer tutoring in math, science, and writing.

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Tutors are volunteers and usually from the junior/senior class. We will consider volunteers from the freshman/sophomore class.

Goal: Peer mentors aim to ease the transition process for younger students by helping them steer through social challenges and guide them towards academic and personal success. Peer mentors will be assigned a freshman advisory to work with throughout the year to build community, address questions and concerns, and create a welcoming culture at Prairie.

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Goal: Prairie Chorale is the only auditioned vocal ensemble in the Upper School. The group is open to 10th-12th grade students. This group is comprised of independent, yet collaborative musicians who perform and work on music of a highly challenging and technical nature to presented in performance and competition both on and off campus.

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Goal: To learn engineering skills by designing and building robots that compete locally.

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Goal: Win (and learn a lot of cool stuff/skills/teamwork pertaining to all sorts of science)

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We typically go to 5-6 meets throughout the year, starting in November and ending in March. Meets are on Saturday in Wisconsin and Illinois. There are 28 different events to choose from every year and kids work with a partner when they compete. With so many events, everyone is sure to find an event that interests them.

Goal: Encourage involvement in additional cultural activities.

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Main events that we have every year are: the Spanish Pronunciation Contest and the World Language Week. Student leaders can organize other events.

Goal: Prairie School’s Gender and Sexuality Alliance

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Goal: The SRC Students Advisory Committee ensures that student choice is represented in the SRC, provides reliable feedback to the SRC leadership, and promotes collaboration within the Prairie Community.

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Students must apply for each 1 year term. Two US students will be selected as officers to lead the group.

Goal: We are a peer elected organization formed to serve and represent the wants and needs to the student body. Our mission is to develop a closer community by promoting mutual trust and respect between students and faculty. As student leaders we encourage peer involvement by creating opportunities in which students can build valuable and lasting relationships.

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Goal: To provide opportunities to help the Prairie community and more importantly, the larger Racine community.

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There is NOT a technical membership; ALL upper school students are invited to participate in ANY event they are interested in and available for.

Goal: Weightlifting Club will serve to promote fitness and exercise among the Prairie School community, especially those who are afraid of or uncomfortable with weightlifting.

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Goal: To promote stewardship of the planet through service and outdoor recreation.

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Goal: Our mission is to publish a yearbook that is an authentic representation of the student experience at Prairie.

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Multiple ways to engage with the group exist, including design staff, photography staff, and writing staff.