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  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    C+
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B
  5. Clubs & Activities
    B-
  6. Health & Safety
    A
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    C+
  9. Food
    B
  10. Resources & Facilities
    C
Prairie Central High School is an above average, public school located in Fairbury, IL. It has 530 students in grades 9-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 37% of students are at least proficient in math and 42% in reading.

Prairie Central High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
42%
Percent Proficient - Math
37%
Average Graduation Rate
92%
Average SAT
1200
36 responses
Average ACT
27
34 responses
AP Enrollment
4%
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Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    B-
  3. Housing
    B-
Median Household Income
$50,256
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$670
National
$949
Median Home Value
$96,800
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
A
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
75%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.4 responses
Poll
75%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.4 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 20 responses
Report
  • Football games
    25%
  • Marching Band Competitions
    25%
  • Homecoming
    15%
  • Prom
    15%
  • Pep rallies
    10%
  • Tee-peeing during homecoming
    10%

Students

Diversity
C+
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
530
Free or Reduced Lunch
30%
86%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.7 responses
57%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.7 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
13:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$58,437
Teachers in First/Second Year
4.4%
57%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.7 responses
86%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.7 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.7 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
B-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very Low
Boys Athletic Participation
Low
Expenses Per Student
$15,342/ year
National
$12,239
75%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.8 responses
50%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.8 responses
63%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.8 responses
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Prairie Central High School Reviews

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Prairie Central Schools within District Eight is as a great school district to attend and complete Education Clinical hours. I would like to have to opportunity to receive my student teaching hours within the district and also, someday, would LOVE to find employment within the district. My future children will ABSOLUTELY be attending this school district, in the case that my family decides to continue residence within Illinois
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I loved the ag program at Prairie Central. I became very involved in the FFA my freshman year, and consequently went to nationals three times with a chance to go a fourth if our Ag Business Management team wins state this spring. In total, we boast over 120 state wins, and 7 national championships in the FFA CDE's, of which I was one of the national champions. I would like to see some of the science department improve because right now the science class I am in is very easy and doesn't really prepare me for a college class setting.
My experience at Prairie Central was average. It could have been better with classes that provided you with more learning opportunities. The class schedules are not flexible so it is hard to fit in classes that you would like to take. It also doesn't have the best resources when looking for colleges and scholarships. Overall I believe Prairie Central needs to improve their academics and college readiness.