Prairie Heights School Corporation is located in the town of LaGrange in LaGrange County. The town is situated 47 miles northwest of Fort Wayne and 30 miles east of Elkhart. The corporation, which serves Grades K–12, includes one elementary, middle, and senior high school. The corporation’s motto is “Excellence in education, preparation for life.”
There are 16 students for each teacher in the corporation so instruction is individualized for maximum learning and academic growth. Students also feel more involved because of their personal relationship with their teachers. With the teachers setting a standard for inclusion, students feel like they fit in and everyone gets along. The guidance staff is helpful, and they make sure each student gets any assistance that he or she needs.
Prairie Heights Elementary School educates students in Grades K–4 and offers classes that emphasize learning the basics in the subjects of reading, writing, and arithmetic. There are advanced courses for gifted students. Students also participate in enrichment classes such as music and art. Students with special needs have Individualized Education Programs to guide their education.
The school has adopted the C.L.A.S.S. life skills to encourage personal growth for every student. The life skills include effort, cooperation, patience, and friendship. Curiosity, responsibility, and problem solving are encouraged with classroom activities. Caring, flexibility, integrity, and perseverance are incorporated into the activities. Students know they can be proud when they show courage, initiative, a sense of humor, and resourcefulness while participating in classroom discussions.
Prairie Heights Middle School educates students in Grades 5–8. Classes include the Common Core 40 program basics in English, science, math, and social studies. Students also have an opportunity to participate in music and art classes. Elective courses include computer programming, vocational education, and agriculture education as well as business and technology and physical education. The positive life skills that were practiced in elementary school are encouraged and rewarded in middle school. Students can participate on sports teams including football, basketball, and cheerleading. They can participate in musical activities such as band, orchestra, and chorus.
Prairie Heights High School educates students in Grades 9–12. The school works hard to help students figure out what they want to do with their lives. Students take classes in world history, American history, economics, and psychology. They also take classes in language arts, journalism, and Spanish as well as math and physical education. There are many opportunities for students in addition to the general curriculum. Students can take Advanced Placement courses and vocational classes such as building trades, TV production, and welding.
Other vocational classes include machine mechanics, culinary arts, and criminal justice. Students can participate in music organizations like band and chorus and other organizations such as the very active FFA program and drama club. The school is the home of the Panthers. The school has numerous sports activities including cross country, football, baseball, softball, basketball, wrestling, and others.