our roots

Prairie School of DuPage was founded in 2011 by a group of passionate and dedicated educators and parents looking for a progressive education with an environmental mission in DuPage County. After months of discussion and research, they began the process of building a place-based elementary program that would have an open classroom model, small teacher-to-student ratios, and an experiential, child-centered curriculum that allows for deeper, authentic learning. Prairie School of DuPage utilizes a secular curriculum.

Prairie School of DuPage opened its doors to 15 students on September 2, 2011.

Tim Boyd, president of the Theosophical Society in America, meets with some Prairie School students to listen to their plans for building a bird sanctuary on the grounds.  

Tim Boyd, president of the Theosophical Society in America, meets with some Prairie School students to listen to their plans for building a bird sanctuary on the grounds.

 

In January of 2011 Prairie School of DuPage moved into its permanent home on the grounds of The Theosophical Society in America. The Theosophical Society community warmly welcomed Prairie School of DuPage onto their grounds. The president of the TS, Tim Boyd and his staff continue to be dedicated supporters of the growth of the school. Although Prairie School of DuPage is not affiliated with the Theosophical Society, both organizations share an affinity for the natural world, and believe in the importance of connecting children to nature. The Theosophical Society's grounds consist of an expansive 42 acres of open fields, woods, and water in downtown Wheaton. It is this incredible natural space that continues to inspire the faculty, students and curriculum at Prairie School. We are eternally grateful to the Theosophical Society and their generous support of the Prairie School of DuPage.

Our deepest gratitude goes out to the founding families of Prairie School of DuPage who had the courage to believe in something strongly enough to make it a reality for the children in DuPage County and beyond. And to the current and future families of Prairie School who continue the work of connecting children with nature, and building a strong environmental progressive education for all of our children.