Student Guidelines

The Prairie School GuidelinesThe Junior/Senior Interim program at Prairie provides a unique opportunity for you to work for two weeks in an area of special interest. You are expected to plan and complete a project with guidance from your Interim Coordinator or other teachers. Your project should fall into one of the following categories:


The student identifies a possible career interest, locates a sponsor in a relevant occupation or business, and works out with the sponsor a sequence of activities that will provide some direct experience in the career. The mix of observation and direct participation depends greatly on the particular occupation in question, but if it become clear in your initial discussions that the sponsor sees you only as an observer, you should seek a different sponsor or occupation to investigate. Students have assisted their sponsors in a wide variety of activities, such as business, teaching, conducting laboratory tests, working in an animation department, and assisting a veterinarian – to name just a few.


Students sometimes become very interested in a topic that was part of a regular Prairie course and want to learn more about the topic than is possible in the regular course. An acceptable project could be developed from almost any topic of interest, with the sponsor being a Prairie teacher or another individual competent to judge the validity of the project.


Prairie students have contributed their services to a wide variety of community organizations that provide assistance to individuals with various needs.


Students may participate in trips to experience a unique situation that is not available locally. Some trips are offered by Prairie faculty and vary from year-to-year. These may include trips to the Grand Canyon, France, Spain, Latin America, London, and various national parks. These trips are announced by April 15 of the previous year.


Students are required to submit an initial and final proposal.  Submissions should be completed with the following forms:

Students will receive a grade of High Pass, Pass, Low Pass, or Fail based on the following assessments: (1) sponsor feedback,  (2) deadlines for Initial proposal and final proposal, (3) daily journal, and (4) a reflection paper. Students must earn passing grades on both their Junior and Senior Interim Projects to receive their diplomas.



Interim is scheduled for the following dates:

  • Seniors: Monday, May 21 – Friday, June 1, 2018
  • Juniors: Tuesday, May 29 – Friday, June 8, 2018
Proposal dates for both juniors and seniors:
  • Initial proposal due: Friday, February 23, 2018
  • Final proposal due: Friday, April 20, 2018


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