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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.

Curriculum Night
September 16, 2014
A parent-only evening during the third week of school. We strongly encourage both parents to participate in this crucial introduction to your child’s year, held in the school gym and classrooms.  
6:15pm      Gathering time (refreshments served in the                             concourse)
6:45pm      Director's welcome and remarks
7:00pm      Classroom meetings
7:45pm      Classrooms open, teachers available informally                      for questions
8:00pm      Close

Childcare is available for pre-school and older children (no babies or toddlers in childcare please).  RSVP to the office at 507.645.9640 or email

School Picture Day
Monday, September 22, 2014

Goal Setting Conferences
Thursday, September 25, 2014 3:30pm-8:00pm
Friday, September 26, 2014 8:00am-5:00pm

Conference Day Childcare 
Childcare will be provided for families on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 7:30am to 5:45pm.  The cost of childcare will be $30 per child.  You can register your child by filling out the online form here.  If you have any questions please call the office.

Lunch Volunteer Sign up link click

Library Volunteer Sign up link click here!

Board Approved Calendar for 2014-2015 School Year