At Prairie Middle School, we begin with our mission statement to guide our beliefs and values. We believe that every student who comes to Prairie will grow in his or her knowledge, skills, and experiences to achieve academic excellence. We at Prairie never lose sight that learning is the fundamental purpose of why we exist.
In order to fulfill this belief, we must offer engaging and rigorous curriculum offerings that will prepare our students for their future academic endeavors. The Prairie community also believes that it is our responsibility to prepare our students to become active members of our school, neighborhood, and society. We believe that our students are the hope for our future and must learn the habits of citizenship, partnership, and leadership.
Students have math and language arts for 85 minutes every day for both sixth and seventh grade. We have built this into our schedule because literacy and math skills are critical subjects for many of the careers our students want to pursue. Extended instruction allows our students to deepen their understanding that places them ahead of many others on that same career path. We at Prairie are also a big believer in the arts and the impact they have on our students and culture as a whole. Students can explore their interests and develop other talents through our outstanding elective classes. These include a vast amount of opportunities in Music and Fine Arts, World Languages, Global Technology, AVID, and Pre-engineering.
Prairie is one of the largest and most diverse schools in the state of Colorado. We have more than 1700 students who come from 70 countries and speak 45 different languages. We celebrate the fact that diversity is our strength, and cultural awareness is embraced throughout the year. Everyday our students and staff have the benefit of living in a global space that enriches our experiences and lives.
Middle school can be one of the biggest transitions we face in life. Many reflect on their middle years as a time of hardship and discomfort. Yet, we find middle school to be one of the most fulfilling times when students learn about growing up. From coming in as a 6th grader and all the anxieties that a bigger school will bring to the 8th graders who think they are ready to take on the world, but must be ready for high school first.
And in a time of change, we must always stay grounded to our values. We understand that when the world around us may be moving at a lightning pace, we know that staying grounded on our core values allows any transition to be not only be possible, but successful.
At Prairie, we hold the following values as fundamental for the growth and success of our students:
- Work Hard
- Read, Read, Read
- Take Care of Prairie
- Know Where You're Going
At Prairie Middle School, we look at the 'middle years' as a chance to enrich our students' lives and provide a solid foundation that will serve them. There is nothing more important or more rewarding than helping our students build bright futures. There is no better place to do that than at Prairie Middle School!