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A nonprofit corporation for the purpose of offering Montessori education for children with an emphasis on meeting the individual and communal developmental needs of each child in a historic indoor and a country outdoor environment.

What makes PRAIRIE HILL unique?

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  • FREEDOM

    PRAIRIE HILL is a safe environment, located 7 miles south of Lincoln on 12 acres of open space for children to explore. This country/farm setting provides children with a unique indoor/outdoor setting where they learn in the classroom and from nature.

  • EXPERIENCED STAFF

    You won't find a staff more dedicated to the development of children anywhere. Each teacher is Montessori certified, and each assistant goes through a stringent training program, with many going on to gain their certification.

  • MONTESSORI PHILOSOPHY

    PRAIRIE HILL is true to Montessori philosophy, offering children opportunities to engage in meaningful activities with the right balance of autonomy and guidance from specially trained teachers. Activities include gardening, food preparation, cooking, hands-on science, geography, geometry, and math.

  • ELEMENTARY OPTION

    PRAIRIE HILL is the only school offering Montessori Elementary in the Lincoln area. Continuation of the education philosophy into the Elementary level maximizes the benefits of the child's primary-level experience from ages 3-6.

  • NUTRITION

    Children help plan balanced menus and prepare nutritious food to share together, family-style. Seasonally they handpick cherries, apples, and garden vegetables, and gather eggs from the chickens. A variety of breads are freshly baked to enjoy at lunchtime. Food scraps are given to animals or composted.

  • FLEXIBLE SCHEDULES

    We offer three daily schedules for your child, including before and after-school options: 7:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., and 8:30 a.m. – 12 noon (with the exception of Elementary). At PRAIRIE HILL, we provide meaningful learning activities for your child during the entire time they are here. During the summer, we also offer NatureWorks camps for ages 6-12.

  • PARENT EDUCATION

    Parents are an integral part of the PRAIRIE HILL family. It is important to our staff to have strong relationships with parents. We offer a Parent Liaison program, parent seminars, teas, meetings, and at-home conferences.

  • COMMUNITY

    At PRAIRIE HILL, we believe that we are not only a farm school, but also a family school, and that the community here enriches each family's experience. Some community-building efforts at PRAIRIE HILL include: our seasonal newsletter, the annual Gifts and Talents Auction, Spring and Fall Family Workdays, and the Annual Children's Country Fair.

  • INNOVATION

    We are Nebraska's first wind and solar powered school! Our Renewable Energy Education Center, which houses the Elementary community, features straw bale construction, passive solar and photovoltaic panels, energy monitoring equipment, a 10 kW wind turbine, low voltage light fixtures, recycled denim insulation, rain collection, and low-flow toilets.

  • TRADITION

    For 35+ years, PRAIRIE HILL has brought children and nature together.

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Parent Tour Dates

Prospective Parent Tours, for adults and nursing infants only (children will be given opportunities to visit prior to enrollment), provide the opportunity to learn about the history of PRAIRIE HILL and Montessori education, observe the work of the children in the classrooms, and have your questions answered. Please RSVP by calling 402.438.6668 or filling out the email form below.

Thursday, October 13th at 9am