The College Community School District’s programs are located on a 500 acre site. The central campus site is unique for a district our size and source of great pride. The Prairie campus consists of five elementary schools (K-4), an intermediate school (5-6), middle school (7-9), high school (10-12), Early Childhood Center, and three off-site programs. The College Community School District serves 5,800 students from Linn, Benton, and Johnson counties. The 137 square mile district includes the cities of Ely, Fairfax, Shueyville, Swisher, Walford and SW Cedar Rapids.
Parent and community support is high valued. We strive to develop close relationships with students and parents so that our students feel safe and connected. We take great pride in our Prairie schools which are made up of great staff, high performing students, supportive parents, and community members who value the importance of a quality education.
College Community’s 10 Year Strategic Plan goal is to create a personalized learning system. Personalized learning is a progressively learner-driven model in which learners deeply engage in meaningful, authentic, and rigorous challenges to demonstrate desired outcomes. Our teachers collaborate to design learning environments that equitable, engaging, and empowering by providing students with opportunities for voice, co-creation, social construction, and self-discovery. A combination of targeted instruction, data-driven decisions, flexible content and tools, and student reflection and ownership ensures that each student receives what they need when they need it as they tap into their individual strengths and progress toward their unique learning goals.
1 to 1 Computing
Prairie has been committed to 1:1 computing since 2012. Each student in grades 5-12 is issued a personal Chromebook device. Grades K-4 use a combination of iPads and Chromebooks. Each teacher in the district receives a 13 inch MacBook Air and each classroom has an LCD projector.
Continued growth brings exciting changes. In 2016, voters approved a bond referendum to expand, remodel and construct additional academic spaces at Prairie High School. The referendum also included improvements to Prairie Crest, Prairie Heights and Prairie View elementary buildings.
In March 2020, voters approved a bond referendum to construct a new 5/6 building on 80 acres directly south of Prairie Point Middle School. Funds generated would also allow significant renovations to Creek in preparation for our 9th graders and district programs.