Founder’s Intent

“The Prairie School exists to enhance the educational options for Racine and surrounding  communities, to provide an excellent independent ES-12th grade college preparatory educational institution and to serve as a key catalyst to make our community a better place to live, work and raise a family.”

Imogene P. Johnson


The Prairie School will be a national leader among Early School through 12th grade independent college preparatory day schools, with financial and enrollment stability, providing dynamic and evolving educational excellence for generations to come.


The Prairie School nurtures the creativity, interests and abilities of every student, inspiring each to explore, thrive, and add value individually and in collaboration with others. Our community of students, faculty, and families works together to create a collaborative and supportive culture grounded in human values – celebrating both our differences and commonalities.  Prairie graduates are prepared for college and life with the desire and skills to make the world a better place.

Guiding Mantra

To know, value, support, and challenge every student to be their best self.

Inclusivity Statement

The Prairie School is a community of students, faculty, and families who care for and respect one another, celebrating both our differences and commonalities. We value the representation and full engagement of individuals whose differences include, but are not limited to, age, ethnicity, family makeup, gender, learning profile, physical ability, race, religion, sexual identity, and socioeconomic status.

We acknowledge that inclusivity is a complex idea to define and quantify. Beyond multicultural personal identities, The Prairie School embraces diversity of thought, culture, and all that may be unseen but also subject a person to preferential or disadvantageous treatment. We believe that inclusivity makes our students, faculty, and community members wiser and better able to fulfill our mission of promoting lifelong individual and collective growth.

Approved by The Prairie School Board of Trustees January 24th, 2018

Philosophy of Practice

Student-centered, Holistic Educational Experience

Culture Reflecting Human Values – Respect & Trust

Teaching and Learning Excellence

  • Across all grade levels including Early School
  • Experiential hands-on approach
  • Emphasis on creativity and communication
  • Inspirational facilities that effectively support learning
  • Community of positive support
  • College preparatory

The 7 A’s

By focusing on the whole child, Prairie is committed to creating leaders. This is accomplished by our focus on the “7 A’s”. We shape academic, artistic, athletic, altruistic, active, accountable, and adaptable leaders who stand ready for the challenges of tomorrow.

ACADEMIC. We instill a love of learning at an early age and offer a challenging college-preparatory program where children can excel and succeed while learning how classroom knowledge can be applied to real-life situations.

ARTISTIC. The Prairie School campus was built to inspire. In this environment, we offer strong Fine and Performing Arts programs to ignite the creativity of our students.

ATHLETIC. Even the best academic experiences need to be balanced with a lively athletic program. We teach our young athletes to develop their full potential and use their skills to enrich their everyday lives.

ALTRUISTIC. Prairie students recognize the importance of community and service to others. Service hours are requirements of graduation.

ACTIVE. Students must lead balanced lives. From sports to performing arts to international trips to opportunities and leadership activities, we encourage our students to become involved in their school and the outside world.

ACCOUNTABLE. We instill the belief that individuals are responsible for their own actions. Prairie students are held to a strict personal and academic honor code.

ADAPTABLE. Adaptability to life’s changes takes many forms and adds value to a student’s education at Prairie. Supported by a diverse faculty and student body, our students build confidence in themselves while learning to adjust to changing environment