Prairie Jr High School

11910 South Kostner Ave, Alsip, IL 60803 | (708) 371-3080
  • Grades: 7-8
  • Student Enrollment: 355
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4 out of 5 | 5 Reviews
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School Summary and Highlights
Additional Contact Information
  • Mailing Address: 11910 S Kostner Ave, Alsip, IL 60803
  • Principal or Admin: Craig Gwaltney
School Operational Details
  • Title I Eligible
School District Details

Faculty Details and Student Enrollment

Students and Faculty
  • Total Students Enrolled: 355
  • Total Full Time "Equivalent" Teachers: 24.0
  • Average Student-To-Teacher Ratio: 14.8
Students Gender Breakdown
  • Males: 173 (48.7%)
  • Females: 156 (43.9%)
Free Lunch Student Eligibility Breakdown
  • Eligible for Reduced Lunch: 27 (7.6%)
  • Eligible for Free Lunch: 95 (26.8%)
  • Eligible for Either Reduced or Free Lunch: 122 (34.4%)
Student Enrollment Distribution by Race / Ethnicity
Prairie Jr High School Student Race Distribution
  Number Percent
American Indian--
Number of Students Per Grade
Number of Students Per Grade For Prairie Jr High School
  Number Percent
5th Grade10.3%
7th Grade17950.4%
8th Grade17549.3%
Attendance, Graduation, and Dropout Rates (2010)
Attendance Rate
Source: IL Department of Education, Source: NCES 2009-2010

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Overall Rating: 4

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5 reviews for Prairie Jr High School

  • Reviewed by Student on April 09, 2008
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • just like everyone else. i am so sad that am leaving the school this year. PJH is the best school ever. i know that there wont be another school that is better than PJH. PJH will always stay in my heart. all the teachers are very nice and the administration is even nicer. they make us feel like we are really one family. that's why it's so hard to leave. because everyone knows everyone else. and so when we graduate we wont go to the same high school. but i will always thank god that i was able to go to PJH. because if i didn't, then i don't know what would happen to me :)
  • Reviewed by Parent/Guardian on August 29, 2007
  • Rating: 1 (1 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • How happy I am that my children are home schooled!

    Prairie Junior High School's required reading list for rising 8th graders gave children six books to choose from over the summer. Parents have complained that three of the six books contain adult content which is highly age-inappropriate. Those complaints, however, have fallen on deaf ears. At a recent school board meeting, school board members said they intend to continue assigning the books. One of the books, Fat Kid Rules the World (by K.L. Going), contains numerous salacious passages that are totally inappropriate for quotation here.

    To add insult to injury, the school didn't even have the courtesy to warn these kids, or their parents, about the adult content within the assigned reading. And parents are understandably furious. If one of my daughters came to me at 12 years old, having been assigned this smut, I'd be ticked-off too.
    I telephoned the (...) of schools for District 126, fully expecting him to assure me that this foolishness would be remedied. But instead, his response was defiant, defensive and arrogant.

    refused to answer me when I asked him several times if District 126 believed that such mature content was appropriate for children. (I wonder; if it's so appropriate, then why wouldn't he defend it?)

    I asked him if one could infer that the district found the material appropriate since it was assigned to children. He quipped, "Infer whatever you want to."

    No one's calling for a book burning here, but come on, these are just kids. Does District 126 have any standards of decency at all?
  • Reviewed by Student on May 08, 2007
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • The teachers are unbelievably intelligent and they are very supportive. I would recommend Prairie to anyone who would like to experience freedom and growth (with some boundaries of course).
  • Reviewed by Student on December 09, 2006
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • I believe that Prairie Jr. High School will always be a great school, because we have really great teachers who really care about us. I attend Prairie and I believe that Prairie has really prepared me for the real world. This may be my LAST year here but, this last year really has had a huge impact on me. I appreciate all of my teachers and I respect the students who attend with me. I love being able to come to school with a smile on my face and excited about school. Hopefully, when I go to highschool my highschool years will be just as great as these two years have been. I LOVE PRAIRIE!!! Always and forever.
  • Reviewed by on September 05, 2006
  • Rating: 5 (5 / 5) Flag as inappropriate
  • Living in Eagle Ridge Subdivision in Oak Lawn, I was hesitant to send my son to a public school in Alsip. He attended St. Linus since kindergarten and he liked it, I never felt he was advancing to his full potential while there. There were very few clubs and/or challenges to hold his interest and I never felt he was getting the best education. Finally, he realized St. Linus wasn't the place where he could achieve the most. First, he went to Stony Creek for the last trimester of 6th grade (Great School!!) then on to Prairie. It was the best decision of our lives. Prairie has so much to offer the children and the entire staff is fantastic! They care about and treat each child like their own. There are so many clubs, an honors program, and summer camps. The school is clean and very up to date. I just wish I would have sent my son to Prairie from the very beginning. I will be proud to send my other children there also!! Keep up the great work Prairie!!!

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