At Prairie, every influencer – from classroom teachers to facilities to administration – is considered a faculty member, and over 100 faculty members collaborate to nurture our students’ education. The majority of our faculty hold advanced degrees – including every full time teacher in the Upper School – and continued education is strongly encouraged. Younger faculty are supported in their work toward advanced degrees while they teach.
For four consecutive years, 100% of Prairie’s faculty has participated in supporting The Prairie Fund. Perhaps nothing better demonstrates the pride our educators have in this institution.
Highly Interactive Teaching Methods
Because Prairie does not offer a conventional classroom education, our teachers cannot be conventional either. We are highly selective in admitting new faculty members. They must not only exhibit competency within their field, but must display enthusiasm, energy, creativity, and a commitment to presenting information in a way that furthers the school’s philosophy. Presentations must be lively, child-centered, and thought-provoking in keeping with our commitment to intensely participative educational methods.
Low Faculty/Student Ratio
Our focus on the individual student requires that we maintain an exceptionally low student/faculty ratio. Currently, our overall student-to-faculty ratio is about 4.8 to 1. This low ratio enables our faculty to break away from the more traditional large group classroom strategies, and students are assured of the individual attention they need to grow and succeed.