Award Year: 2015

Prairie Vista Elementary School

15400 Brick Road
Granger, IN, 46530-8414

(574) 271-0055

Mrs. Keely Twibell, Principal at time of Nomination

Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation

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Mission

We educate today’s child for tomorrow’s world by offering each student opportunities to achieve maximum potential for the future by developing self-directed and self-motivated individuals.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 2%
  • White: 80%
  • Hispanic: 6%
  • Asian: 9%
  • Two or more races: 3%
  • ELL: 11%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: %
Application
Prairie Vista makes full use of the school's natural setting using it as an environmental classroom-perfect for the 1st and 4th grade reading buddies.

Prairie Vista makes full use of the school's natural setting using it as an environmental classroom-perfect for the 1st and 4th grade reading buddies.

“We can’t hide our PRIDE inside; we’re Pumas!” chant students and staff during an assembly. Their words truly embody the spirit of the entire Prairie Vista community.

Our campus is tucked away among neighborhoods in suburban Granger, Indiana. This close-knit community is evident as both current and past families enjoy the school’s playgrounds, tennis courts, sports fields, and prairie paths. Organized into traditional K-5 grade levels, averaging 25 students per class, Prairie Vista is a diverse student-centered learning community where 21 different languages are spoken by student families. Our staff of 65 creates a secure and nurturing environment for all 500 students.

Dedicated to cultivating life-long learners, Prairie Vista educators promote high expectations while also fostering strong character development in students. The school’s positive behavior plan (PRIDE) and Whole Brain Teaching strategies empower students to take ownership of their education. Students are nurtured as leaders, producing videos and crafting announcements to positively influence their own school culture. A commitment to rigor and relevance leads students to become problem solvers, critical thinkers, and decision makers.

As a previous National Blue Ribbon School and recognition as a Four Star School by the Indiana Department of Education for the last seven years, we have been challenged to maintain high standards of distinction. Our philosophy has changed from “personal best” to EXCELLENCE reflecting our belief that every child has the ability to rise to this challenge. This vision of excellence is the driving force behind all decisions regarding curriculum, instruction, and professional development.