Academics

Prairie Vista 1st grader

Academic Programs:

A concept-based curriculum allows a continuous progression through the skills.  Teachers are cognizant of all student needs.  Students are grouped heterogeneously for instruction.  Students with special needs are fully included in the regular classroom and receive support services from resource teachers.  Prairie Vista consists of grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

Prairie Vista is known for its emphasis on academics with a focus on the visual and performing arts through Art Smart, choirs, artist-in-residence programs, musical and dramatic productions and a variety of convocations.

Staff members are continually upgrading their skills and have been trained in classroom applications based on differentiated curriculum, current brain research, phonemic awareness, the theory of multiple intelligences, and authentic assessments.

How We Rate:

“A” rated School & School District
Prairie Vista is one of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation’s nine “A” rated schools. P-H-M has consistently received an “A” rating from the Indiana Department of Education since 2011. P-H-M serves more than 11,100 students in its 11 elementary schools, three middle schools and Penn High School.  Based on Spring 2021 ILEARN results, P-H-M is in the state’s Top 6% among public school districts, Top 3% of all public school corporations passing ELA and Top 7% of all public school corporations passing Math.

Here are some highlight’s of 2021 Prairie Vista’s ILEARN scores:

  • Entire School (public) passing both ELA & Math – ​Prairie Vista #4 

  • Entire School (public) passing ELA – Prairie Vista #2
  • 3rd Grade (public) passing both ELA & Math – Prairie Vista #3

  • 3rd Grade (public) passing ELA – Prairie Vista #4

  • 3rd Grade (public) passing Math – Prairie Vista #3

  • 4th Grade (public) passing ELA – Prairie Vista #3

Click here to see all of Prairie Vista’s ILEARN Results.

Click here to see school demographic data and past school Performance Reports on the Indiana Department of Education website.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Indiana received a waiver from calculating Federal Accountability ratings for the 2019-2020 school year. In addition, Indiana has requested a waiver for the 2020-2021 school year as well.

Prairie Vista’s Federal Rating from the 2018-2019 school year was Exceeds Expectations.

Click to see the Federal Accountability Ratings.

Honors and Achievements:

Prairie Vista has also earned the distinction of being ranked Indiana’s #3 for Public Elementary Schools by U.S. News & World Report (data is based on the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 school years). Click here to learn more.

In the fall of 2015 Prairie Vista was named a National Blue Ribbon School (in the “Exemplary High Performing Schools” category), one of only 10 in the state and 335 in the nation. Prairie Vista received that recognition once before, in the fall of 1996, when the U.S. Department of Education named it a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.  In May 1997 Prairie Vista was named an Indiana Blue Ribbon School.

The Indiana Department of Education has named Prairie Vista a Four Star School in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015.