Welcome to the Prairie RE 11 J Website: Prairie School District is in Northeastern Colorado and is located on the grasslands between the towns of New Raymer and Stoneham. The school is approximately thirty miles from Sterling and twenty-seven miles from Fort Morgan.
The District serves students from all of the above mentioned towns and surrounding communities as well as those students who reside within the district. Prairie School has a long tradition of excellence and school pride and community involvement.
The school was built in 1966 and is a consolidation of the New Raymer and Stoneham school districts. We are in the process being a receipt of a BEST grant. This grant will allow Prairie Students to have a 21 century school beginning the 2013-2014 school year. Vocational organizations include FFA and FBLA which are important educational programs as they provided students relevant, applied learning opportunities with an emphasis on personal growth and student leadership.
Furthermore, school athletic programs help students learn physical fitness, leadership, and ethical conduct in and outside the school setting. The board of education is involved in working with administrators and setting goals for the school. They are actively involved in education and development activities as evidenced through attendance at CASB and CBOCES functions.
Certainly the school continues to strive toward excellence and take pride in student growth and community involvement. The school has a student population of 220 students in grades pre-school through twelfth. The enrollment continues to increase every year and the school district continues to strive to meet the varied educational needs of all students. Both in district and out of district students enjoy the educational benefits available at this small school and many travel long distances to receive what one parent called, “a private school education at a public school price.”
School typically starts around the third week in August and runs through the third week in May. Students attend school 4 days a week generally speaking. Students have an eight period day with school starting at 7:50 and releasing at 3:41. Students have the opportunity to eat fabulous homemade meals. Breakfast is served at 7:30 and lunch is 11:30ish for elementary and 12:30 for junior high and high school students.
We pride ourselves in having a low teacher to student ratio capping our class size at 16. We offer many different programs/organizations for our student to participate in. Some of these are as follows: -FBLA, FFA, NHS, Gifted and Talented enrichment, Intervention support, Math and Science contests, Concurrent Enrollment for Juniors and Seniors, Athletics, vocational education, ICAP, Spanish 1 and 2, fine arts classes (band, choir, and art), library, and many other individualize interests. Prairie’s administrative unit is comprised of 3 people. Kendra Holloway is the business manager and secretary for the district, Tabitha Piel is the Principal/DAC of the district, and Joe Kimmel is the Superintend of the district.