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 Prairie Graduate

Prairie graduates are Scholars, Artists, Athletes, and Leaders who:

Have accumulated a base of knowledge across the humanities and sciences as well as skills – especially critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication – that will enable them to generate original, thought-provoking ideas and creative work, along with the intellectual curiosity and growth mindset necessary to engage, understand, explore, and solve all manner of problems and challenges both known and unknown that they and society will face.

Communicate articulately, civilly, and respectfully – fashioning clear, well-supported arguments, and defending multiple viewpoints with thorough, perceptive, and cogent writing, speaking, and design.  They are open to a wide range of perspectives and listen with focus to understand and empathize with the viewpoints of others.

Lead with humility, honor, courage, and generosity.  Valuing integrity and honesty, they remain true to themselves and their values despite challenges or pressure. They have the agency and courage to stand up and stand out for what they believe in, taking full ownership of their actions and the consequences of those actions.

Are driven by kindness, respect, compassion, and the greater good, and are willing and able to make difficult decisions based on facts guided by the values of equity and justice. They understand the limitations of their own knowledge, experience, and culture, as well as their role within, impact on, and responsibilities to their multiple and overlapping communities.  They respect the value of other cultures and strive to understand the relationships between people and cultures.

Understand that life is a journey rather than a destination.  Striving to be their best selves, they actively negotiate the trials and joys of life, seeking to embrace the struggle and challenge themselves to have a positive impact on others through meaningful and lasting interpersonal relationships.  They assume positive intent while critically evaluating and curating the cacophony of available information. Always willing to ask for help and build trust, they are empathetic, reflective, resilient, and loyal.