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.
Accordingto the principles of progressive education, children at PrairieCreek learnhow to learn by doing. They pose questions,they wonder aloud, they bring their natural curiosities to the classroom forfull consideration. Each school day provides them with real-world opportunities to explore, to inquire, to answer—all 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 learning—learning that recognizes their lives, during these few years and beyond, as intriguing
and collaborative adventures.
Back to School Picnic
Friday, August 29, 2014 from 11:30-1:00
Families bring a picnic lunch and gather at school on the north side of the building, where children play on the playground. Your children can also visit the classroom and drop off any supplies.
First Day of School
September 2, 2014 If your child rides the bus, parents leave home in time to meet them at school when the bus arrives. If you drive your child by car, parents park and walk their child in. As the students file onto the school plaza, we all wave and cheer. Once students are inside the school, parents have a chance to visit over coffee and refreshments. We try to maintain a degree of separation, so parents provide a cheering crowd, and stay outside until the students get in their rooms. If you are unable to be there, know that your child will be waved and cheered for by other moms and dads—remember, we look out for each other!