PRAIRIE CROSSING CHARTER SCHOOL

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1531 JONES POINT RD
GRAYSLAKE, IL 60030
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Phone: 847-543-9722
School Information
  • GreatSchools Rating: 10
  • Educational Climate: Above Average
  • Technology Measure: High
  • Type: Public
  • Grades: Kindergarten - 8th Grade
  • District: Prairie Crossing Charter School
  • Students/Teacher: 18:1
  • Students/Grade: 43.4
  • Number Students: 391
  • Number Teachers: 23
  • Instructional Expense/Pupil: N/A
  • Poverty Level: 6 - 15.9 PERCENT
  • Number Computers: 50
  • Principal: Mr Geoff Deigan
  • CHARTER SCHOOL
  • GIFTED AND TALENTED PROGRAMS
  • ESL
  • SPECIAL EDUCATION
  • ADVANCED PLACEMENT
  • BEFORE AND AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS
  • ALTERNATIVE PROGRAMS
  • YEAR ROUND CLASSES
  • VOC-TECH
  • ADULT EDUCATION
  • NCLB SCHOOL
  • BLUE RIBBON SCHOOL
  • COALITION OF ESSENTIAL SCHOOLS
  • AYP SCHOOL
  • INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE
  • MAGNET SCHOOL
School Ratings & Reviews

School Ratings (43 ratings)
Maximum Rating: 5




    School Reviews (39 Reviews)
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    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2014-01-29
    "I am the parent of a 4th grdr who has attended PCCS since K. In truth, I was already a supporter of the mission of the enviro focused curriculum, so this school is a great fit for us, but it's a wonderful alt for others too. It's not for everyone; kids here spend more time outdoors, getting dirty, journaling, going on extended trips, etc. than at other schools; please know what you are getting into before you decide to attend. Small schools will have the same problems any small environment has (think small town, workplace, etc.) but it also allows all of the benefits too; small class sizes, assistants in each class, feeling welcomed in classrooms-things that many parents say are missing in larger schools. Academics are still a high priority. Others try to argue this point but the results are not just in test scores (where PCCS excels) but also in the graduates it produces, most in AP classes at the top of their class in HS. Unique opportunities are given here to develop children into constructive thinkers. It's not perfect; no school is. It's smaller which means its warts seem larger in comparison but come see for yourself; it's not for everyone, but wonderful for those it serves."
    Parent Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-27
    "Prairie Crossing is a mixed bag of good and bad. Some of the parents and spouses on the board chased away principals and some of the best teachers. There is is a new principal every years so if you don't like it wait a year it will change. The teachers are good but are underpaid. Many of the kids are cliqueish as are their parents. A friend who volunteered quit doing so because of parents wanted to micro manage everyone. It is always a danger when a volunteer thinks they own the place. this place has several parents that are famous for pecking at people. Over all, the education is far superior to Woodland, which does not have a gifted program either. It sends children who have been identified gifted out to night programs at other schools. Overall, the hands on experiences here and the special trips taken (often) for all grades makes this a superior education. This is proven in their scores on state tests. It shows again in high school as the PCC students regularly are chosen for Ap and honors classes over all others. Anyone in district can go there but there is always a wait list. It was worth the 2 year wait for us and we reccomend it over other grade schools in Illinois."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2013-05-25
    "I attended PCCS from kindergarten to the middle of my sixth grade year. I currently attended a public high school 30 minutes from Grayslake and I have to say the academics At PCCS are a joke. I'm a fairly intelligent person and the school did nothing for anyone. We're essential taught to take standardized tests and following a hyper-environmental mindset. My math education was so poor and behind my current districts average I had a C- average my entire seventh grade year once I moved. I also was taught essential no grammar or sentence structure. Science is terrible because the school is too broke to afford and equipment. For Spanish-- a school requirement-- we are pretty much given a dictionary and told to translate words. Another concern of mine is the almost cult-like attitude. Kids who are different are shunned. If you have a view towards the "green lifestyle" that differs from teachers you're put down and told yo're wrong. Overall the education I received was awful and the staff really were not great at all."
    Other Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-11-22
    "I am a student at this school, let me just say they do bully a lot over here. starting from 5th grade and up. They focus to much on prairie and plants and all that, but they do not focus on math science or any like that. Our school does not have so much money and so they can not buy any science equipment. I currently go to this school and I would recommend to go somewhere like twin groves in buffalo grove or daniel wright in Lincolnshire."
    Teacher Review | Rating:
    Posted 2012-06-25
    "Educational requirements are higher and that is why we chose this school.. the bullying is OUT OF CONTROL.. they have no policy nor course of action for this.. BEWARE... while your child will get more homework and have a higher expectation- it is not worth the hassle.. too many parents are afraid to stand up and take action because its like a cult.. no one wants to go against the adminstration but it is FAR worse than the bullying at Woodland - mainly because at PCCS they turn a blind eye and at Woodland they address the issues right away. Be very careful when looking into this school- much of what they say is smoke and mirrors.. Ask multiple parents and kids before enrolling..."
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