Award Year: 2018

Prairie View Elementary School

E3245 County Road North
De Soto, WI, 54624-8100

(608) 648-2227

Mr. Kelly Olson, Principal at time of Nomination

Title I School

De Soto Area School District

School Website


Grow the whole child, every child, every day.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 1%
  • White: 98%
  • Two or more races: 1%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 65%
Prairie View Elementary Students and Staff

Prairie View Elementary Students and Staff

Prairie View Elementary, founded in 1960, is nestled in the rural Wisconsin landscape of the De Soto Area School District, serving 112 students. Approximately 65% of students qualifying for free and reduced meals, and 18% receiving Special Education support. Additionally, Prairie View offers essential services to 15% of the school's families who qualify for assistance under the McKinney-Vento Homeless Act, in part due to the 2016 natural disaster floods and the recent August 2018 flooding to the region.

Prairie View emphasizes student-focused and data based educational programming decisions designed to meet the holistic needs of each student. Prairie View teachers focus student-learning objectives on a model of continuous school improvement. Initiatives implemented include utilizing data derived from multiple assessment tools and progress monitoring to develop differentiated instruction strategies, reading and math interventions, and a school-wide Title I program. Prairie View teachers instituted a standards-based math curriculum, as well as standards-based grading across all content areas. Instruction is delivered by dedicated faculty who average 10+ years teaching experience and by those who are content specialists in the areas of art, music and physical education. Talented and Gifted programming along with student access to a diverse technology portfolio augment daily classroom learning experiences.

Students may elect to participate in the after-school 21st Century Learning Center program which provides academic tutoring, physical movement activities, and fieldtrips to cultural, historical and nature reserves. Students also engage in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math (STEAM) projects.

Prairie View supports the District's value in creating community partnerships and welcomes the collaborative involvement of families, volunteers, community groups and the school's Parent Teacher Organization. A dedicated teaching faculty and caring staff is additionally supported by a T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More) approach from district level administration and school board members. Together the synergetic efforts between the school, students, families and the community have established a positive and nurturing learning environment that has ultimately affirmed, through achievement recognition and awards, that there are truly no limiting factors in each child’s potential to learn, grow, and achieve.