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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B+
  2. Diversity
    B-
  3. Teachers
    B+
  4. College Prep
    B+
  5. Clubs & Activities
    A-
  6. Health & Safety
    B+
  7. Administration
    B
  8. Sports
    A
  9. Food
    B-
  10. Resources & Facilities
    B+
Prairie High School is an above average, public school located in Cedar Rapids, IA. It has 1,095 students in grades 10-12 with a student-teacher ratio of 16 to 1. According to state test scores, 81% of students are at least proficient in math and 78% in reading.
Address
401 76th Ave SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Telephone
(319) 848-5340
Website

Prairie High School Rankings

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Academics

Percent Proficient - Reading
78%
Percent Proficient - Math
81%
Average Graduation Rate
93%
Average SAT
1280
9 responses
Average ACT
25
173 responses
AP Enrollment
27%
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Living in the Area
A-
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Cost of Living
    A-
  2. Good for Families
    A-
  3. Housing
    B+
Area Feel
Suburban
Median Household Income
$55,359
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$711
National
$949
Median Home Value
$136,700
National
$184,700

Culture & Safety

Health & Safety
B+
Based on chronic student absenteeism, suspensions/expulsions, and survey responses on the school environment from students and parents.
Poll
82%
of students agree that they feel safe at their school.22 responses
Poll
77%
of students agree that they like their school and feel happy there.22 responses
Poll
What are your favorite school events or traditions?
Based on 56 responses
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  • Homecoming, Football/Basketball games
    38%
  • Prom!
    25%
  • Wrestling meets
    9%
  • Attending all sports events
    5%
  • Band
    5%
  • Marching Band
    5%
  • Pep Band
    5%

Students

Diversity
B-
Based on racial and economic diversity and survey responses on school culture and diversity from students and parents.
Students
1,095
Free or Reduced Lunch
26%
78%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are competitive.23 responses
70%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are creative and artsy.23 responses
87%
of students and parents agree that students at this school are athletic.23 responses

Teachers

Student-Teacher Ratio
16:1
National
17:1
Average Teacher Salary
$57,854
Teachers in First/Second Year
3.4%
41%
of students and parents agree that the teachers give engaging lessons.37 responses
65%
of students and parents agree that the teachers genuinely care about the students.37 responses
62%
of students and parents agree that the teachers adequately lead and control the classroom.37 responses

Clubs & Activities

Clubs & Activities
A-
Based on student and parent reviews of clubs and activities.
Girls Athletic Participation
Very High
Boys Athletic Participation
Very High
Expenses Per Student
$14,799/ year
National
$12,239
74%
of students and parents agree that there are plenty of clubs and organizations for students to get involved in.34 responses
41%
of students and parents agree that clubs and organizations get the funding they need.34 responses
71%
of students and parents agree that lots of students participate in clubs and organizations.34 responses
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Prairie High School Reviews

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High school will always be high school, not really the greatest part of our lives, but definitely the part we'll remember. I'm really happy to be at Prairie, however, because students and staff alike try to make it a welcoming community with a strong focus on academics rather than sports or extracurriculars. At Prairie every achievement is celebrated with assemblies and rewarding systems like PBIS to reward positive behaviors. Teachers and staff really care about the students and it's easy to feel safe and accepted.
I know that if I ever needed anything, there are a list of teachers I could go to that would help me find my way through the tough times. They know me and know every one of their students to the best of their abilities, making them feel like they have a family member and a guardian watching out for them.
The one thing I would change is the lunch. There are much tastier ways to be healthy!
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There was a lot of great people there to push me to do new and exciting things! They were constantly finding me new opportunities that helped me excel in and out of my academics. They were constantly getting me college ready by training me with using multiple studying and learning techniques. Overall it was a great place to learn and grow as a student, but also a person. I am glad I got the opportunity to meet people interested in the same subjects as me and made me feel comfortable in my surroundings.
In my senior year, they started a new grading system called "standards based grading". It gave everyone a splitting headache and even an explanation from the math teachers who created it didn't help. They also started a lot of new construction on the school since the district's population is exploding. Thank god I only had one year left, being in college and back to ABC grading is wonderful!