Class Placement

  • We do not allow parent requests for class placement as we have found this hinders our ability to create classes that are fair and balanced. 

    Based on educational research, the Prairie staff strongly believes that students should be placed in classrooms that have a balance of academic abilities, social skills, and gender.  We are very fortunate at Prairie Elementary to have a staff of highly qualified teachers that are committed to meeting the learning needs of every student.  We strive to create a learning environment where all students can reach their potential.  In such an environment, we have found that almost all students will learn and experience success with any of our teachers.  Few students actually need to be assigned one particular teacher versus another.

    Here are the criteria we use each year for student placement:

    • Academic needs and strengths
    • Behavioral needs and strengths
    • Social needs
    • Learning style
    • Gender balance
    • Even the balance of children of all achievement levels

    After the school year has started, if a parent wishes to request a change of placement and there is room in another classroom, the following procedure will be followed:

    1. The parent will meet with the teacher and principal to express concerns.
    2. Concerns and expected outcome will be documented
    3. The teacher will have time to implement changes.
    4. Follow up meetings with parents, teachers, and principals will be held to discuss if the changes have not been made to the satisfaction of the parent.
    5. The outcome of this meeting will determine if a change in placement is necessary.