How Prairie Creek classrooms operate
progressive schools one often finds mixed ages in a single classroom,
with students staying in the same classroom for more than a year at a
time. At Prairie Creek, this arrangement enables each of our children to
be guided by slightly older peers and then, the next year, to become a
classroom leader. A student at Prairie Creek stays in the same classroom
for two years, usually with the same teacher. With two years together,
the teacher and student develop a deep and trusting relationship,
enabling the teacher to craft instruction to address that student’s
Each Prairie Creek classroom has 20 students, usually with ten children in each of the two grades.
Students are placed in classes in a deliberate process that involves all
of the teachers in the school. Classes are constructed carefully to
ensure that each child has an ideal environment in which to learn.
Our K-1classrooms are the Chickadees, the Doves, and the Nuthatches
Our 2-3 classrooms are the Cranes, the Egrets, and the Meadowlarks
Our 4-5 classrooms are the Herons, the Kestrels, and the Robins
Prairie Creek also has classrooms dedicated to Art, Music, Spanish, Library, and Special Education.