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Prairie Creek Community School is a public, elementary charter school located in Castle Rock, Minnesota. Here,180 students and their teachers join together in passionate inquiry, project-based discovery, and hands-on learning.

We believe as John Dewey did that students construct their skilled understanding of the world from genuine experiences. They learn math as they run a bodega or quantify the day's recycling. They create their own courts and legislatures as they study government. They become scientists as they design bird-feeding stations and map the geography of the school's woods and meadows.

According to the principles of progressive education, children at Prairie Creek learn how to learn by doing. They pose questions, they wonder aloud, they bring their natural curiosities to the classroom for full consideration. Each school day provides them with real-world opportunities to explore, to inquire, to answerall the while supported by teachers who channel these ambitions into structured, creative projects and challenging lessons.

In philosophy and in practice, Prairie Creek's progressive curriculum invites students to roll up their sleeves and jump right in to learninglearning that recognizes their lives, during these few years and beyond, as intriguing
and collaborative adventures.

Nominations for PCCS Board
In late January, PCCS Board's nominations committee will be putting forward nominations for four Board positions that will be open for next year. We will elect two parent members, one community representative and one teacher to the join the Board. The parent and the community representative terms are three-year terms. If you would like to nominate someone for one of these positions, please contact Dan Rustad, Amy Gernon or Roz Eaton-Neeb.

Open House for interested Families
Sunday February 08, 2015     
2:00pm to 4:00pm
We will hold an open house at school for families who are interested in learning more about our school.  Come and visit with teachers and our director. You will have an opportunity to ask questions you may have about our school.  Our director will talk about progressive education and the mission of our school. 

Family Service Night

Friday, February 20, 2015 6:00pm-8:30pm
Last year we made over 1500 items and donated them to more than 8 different organizations.

Now Accepting Applications for
2015-2016 School Year

We are currently accepting applications for the 2015-2016 school year.  Please fill out an application here (Aplicación para Admisión)   
Mail or bring your application to the school.  The deadline for accepting applications is
 Thursday, March 12, 2015 with our lottery taking place on Monday March 16, 2015.  If you have any questions please contact the office at 507.645.9640.

Lunch Volunteer Sign up link click here!

Library Volunteer Sign up link click here!

Board Approved Calendar for 2014-2015 School Year