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Palouse Prairie Charter School

Palouse Prairie Charter School is a coeducational public charter school for students in grades Kindergarten through 8.

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Institution Type: Public Setting: Rural


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Palouse Prairie Charter School says

"We are CREW, not passengers." Palouse Prairie Charter School is a publicly-funded charter school in Moscow, Idaho serving approximately 175 students between Kindergarten and 8th Grade.

The school follows the educational design principals of Expeditionary Learning. 1. The primacy of self-discovery: Learning happens best with emotion, challenge, and the requisite support. 2. The having of wonderful ideas: Teaching in Expeditionary Learning schools fosters curiosity about the world. 3. The responsibility for learning: Learning is both a personal process of discovery and a social activity. 4. Empathy and caring: Learning is fostered best in communities where students' and teachers' ideas are respected and where there is mutual trust. 5. Success and failure: All students need to be successful if they are to build the confidence and capacity to take risks and meet increasingly difficult challenges. 6. Collaboration and competition: Individual development and group development are integrated so that the value of friendship, trust, and group action is clear. 7. Diversity and inclusion: Both diversity and inclusion increase the richness of ideas, creative power, problem-solving ability, and respect for others. 8. The natural world: A direct and respectful relationship with the natural world refreshes the human spirit and teaches the important ideas of recurring cycles and cause and effect. 9. Solitude and reflection: Students and teachers need time alone to explore their own thoughts, make their own connections, and create their own ideas. 10. Service and compassion: Students and teachers are strengthened by acts of consequential service to others.


Our approach to curriculum makes content and skill standards come alive for students by connecting learning to real-world issues and needs. Academically rigorous learning expeditions, case studies, projects, fieldwork, and service learning inspire students to think and work as professionals do, contributing high-quality work to authentic audiences beyond the classroom.

Mission Statement

Our mission, " engage the children and the community of the Palouse in a rigorous and collaborative education of the highest standards by fostering a spirit of inquiry, a persistence towards excellence, a responsibility for learning, and an ethic of service."



Public charter schools are supported through lower levels of direct, public funding, as well as though private subsidies. As with district public schools, they do not charge tuition to students who attend them.

Students and Faculty

Students and Faculty

Enrollment Data

Total Enrollment 145
Enrollment By Grade
Grade Number of Students
Kindergarten 21
1 22
2 23
3 19
4 14
5 13
6 11
7 13
8 9

Palouse Prairie Charter School's relatively variable enrollment profile may offer insights into student retention rates, local population changes, real estate costs, and the accessibility of alternative educational options. to find out more about the specific factors influencing Palouse Prairie Charter School's enrollment numbers.

Student Teacher Ratio 16 : 1
Gender 54% Male / 46% Female
Socioeconomic Diversity

40% of students qualify for a free or reduced price school lunch at Palouse Prairie Charter School.

Student Diversity
Percentage of Student Body
White 87%
Multi-racial 9%
Hispanic/Latino 4%
Asian 1%
Contact   Jacob Ellsworth


Palouse Prairie Charter School's Adventure Learning Program provides students with an opportunity to experience the natural world, accomplish personal and shared goals, and to enrich the learning experience in the classroom. This program is part of the regular school day curriculum and classes participate in 4-5 adventures per year. Adventures are experienced by all students with specially designed adventures appropriate for their developmental level and differentiated to meet the diverse needs of our students. We offer safe and fun adventures and students have had opportunities to rock climb at the University of Idaho Climbing Wall, bike on the Latah Trail, snowshoe or snowboard in the Blue Mountains, camp at Camp Grizzly, and backpack in Hell's Canyon.
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