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Palouse Prairie is a tuition-free public charter school dedicated to the vision of an inclusive, respectful and supportive learning environment for all of our students, staff and for the families we serve. We foster a learning environment which supports and nurtures the individual, whether student or adult, as a thoughtful participant in our local and global community.
You can read our Vision & Mission Statements & learn more about our values HERE.
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PPSEL prides itself on the passion, compassion, talent, and expertise of the people who work here. Parents choose to send their children to PPSEL because they know their children will be taught by individuals who go above and beyond for the sake of student learning and who value developing strong relationships with their students.
Teachers work closely with their colleagues, developing curriculum and helping shape the culture of the school in accordance with the school’s mission and its implementation of challenging, project-based learning.
In addition to being instructional experts, PPSEL teachers must be compassionate, have the ability to develop meaningful connections with students, have strong classroom management skills, and be confident in their ability to create a safe classroom culture in which individuals are respected and valued for what they bring to the group.
Click HERE for more information and how to apply.
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Now that our March lottery is over, we at PPSEL are excited to welcome our new students for the 2014-15 school year. While we are full in most grades, we do have a small number of open seats in some grades. Families interested in enrolling a student at the school can find a post-Lottery application form online HERE.
Applications for the coming school year are accepted over the counter on a ‘first come, first served’ basis. Seats are offered to prospective students for grades with open seats and names will be added for grades with no current open seats.
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We are excited to let you know more about PPSEL's All Day K Program, an application for which can be found online HERE:
The State of Idaho funds a half-day Kindergarten program, but a great deal of research, and our own experiences, teach us that participation in ALL DAY K programs greatly benefit students and help them be well prepared for the later primary grades, both academically as well as socially.
Our program offers eligible students:
* Small class size with personalized attention from an experienced Kindergarten teacher.
* Participation in enrichment activities that include health and fitness, music or art.
* 40-50% more time for instruction and for positive social interaction than children experience in a half- day program.
* Increased opportunity for our teachers to know each student and tailor the learning environment to meet each student’s needs.
The All Day K program is a balance of small group, large group, and individual activities that engage children in intellectually stimulating activities while increasing each child's opportunity to learn the core curriculum.
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Free and Reduced Lunch Applications for the 2014-15 school year have been released and are available HERE.
If you are eligible, please fill out a form and turn it in to the office with your enrollment paperwork. This is a form that needs to be turned in every year to receive free or reduced lunches. If your family is eligible and will not use the lunch services please complete a form anyway, as grants and funding use data about lunch status and the school needs current numbers. Detailed information from this form is confidential.
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PPSEL asks for a school supply donation between $25 and $45 per child towards the purchase of school supplies. We ask for this donation instead of having families shop for school supply items as we recognize that often shopping for school supplies is burdensome on families. Please submit checks along with enrollment paperwork so that the school might be able to purchase materials prior to the students' first day of class.
Checks can be made payable to Palouse Prairie School or PPSEL.