When should I begin the Admission process?
It is recommended to begin the application process one year prior to entry. Student visits and campus tours begin in late September. Children must be three years of age by September 1 to enter Early School, five years of age by September 1 to enter Kindergarten, and so on.
Is there an application deadline?
Prairie School admits students on a rolling basis, and we do not have specific application deadlines, however we encourage families to apply the fall/winter before they wish to enroll. We will continue to accept applications even after a grade has been filled and will notify applicants if placed on a waiting list.
How do I know if I can afford Prairie?
Prairie offers a limited amount of scholarship money to families who meet the necessary qualifications. Official Scholarship Program applications are available in January of every year. Prior to January, families may complete a Preliminary Family Contribution form, which allows the School to review the family’s financial circumstances to determine if they may qualify for assistance and, if so, in what range. Contact the Admission Office at 262.752.2525 for more information or visit our Investing in a Prairie Education page.
How do we apply for financial assistance/scholarship?
Prairie utilizes FACTS, a third-party organization, to help evaluate a family’s financial need. Based on the information provided, FACTS gives an estimated amount that your family should be able to contribute to educational expenses. This helps Prairie make fair and objective scholarship decisions.
Please contact Tara Nelson (262-752-2507) in the Business Office with questions.
Can my child visit during the school day?
Yes. In fact, students applying to Prairie are required to spend a day getting to know TPS. Applicants for grades 1-12 will spend an entire day at Prairie. Applicants for Early School and Kindergarten will remain for a three-hour morning visit.
When will I know if my child has been accepted?
After all pieces of the application have been submitted, the student has visited and has been assessed, only then the family will be contacted regarding the admission decision.
Does Prairie have childcare before and after school?
Yes, students may arrive as early as 7:15 a.m. and remain until 6:00 p.m. in our Stay and Play program. Students may also attend Stay and Play during faculty in-service days and during one week of Spring Break. Families are billed monthly for this service.
Yes. For families in the Racine area, busing is included with the cost of tuition. For our families in the Kenosha and Oak Creek/Franklin areas, there is a $500 annual charge for the service.
Does Prairie offer busing?
Yes. Our local families are bused by the Racine Unified School District. For our families to the north (Oak Creek/Franklin) and south (Kenosha) we do offer private busing as an option. Click here for more detailed information about transportation services.