Our School


Prairie Vista Elementary School is a 2015 National Blue Ribbon School, recognized by the U.S. Department of Education as an “Exemplary High Performing School.” 

15400 Brick Road, Granger, IN 46530

Phone: 574-271-0055
Fax: 574-273-1846

Keely Twibell, Principal
Gail Brown, Secretary/Treasurer
Susan Mater, Office Aide

Click here for a list of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation contacts.


Kindergarten through fifth grade

Enrollment 2018-19:  516

School day:  7:55 a.m. – 2:20 p.m.

2015 National Blue Ribbon School

2016-17 Four Star School  Click here to see the list of criteria.

”A” rated School & School District
Prairie Vista is one of Penn-Harris-Madison School Corporation’s seven “A” rated schools and among the Top 10 public elementary schools in the state of Indiana!

For the seventh consecutive year, P-H-M has received an “A” rating from the Indiana Department of Education. P-H-M serves more than 11,100 students in its 11 elementary schools, three middle schools and Penn High School. With the release of the Spring 2018 ISTEP+ results, P-H-M ranks in the state’s Top 6% for grades 3-8. 

Overall, 64 percent of Indiana schools received an A or B. For more information on and to view the 2017-18School Accountability Grades, please click here to visit the IDOE website.

ISTEP+ Spring 2018 Results­­­­–Percent of students passing ISTEP+

               English/Language Arts   Math   

Grade 3           93%                       87%           

Grade 4           95%                       90%         

Grade 5           94%                       89%

Click here for 2017-18 IREAD-3 Results.

Click here to see school demographic data and past school Performance Reports on the Indiana Department of Education website.  

Click here to view the 2017-2018 federal report cards on the IDOE Compass website.    


Prairie Vista Elementary was opened in 1989 and this state-of-the-art facility is located in a lovely, park-like setting.  The grounds feature soccer fields, tennis courts, baseball diamonds and playgrounds.

Special Facilities

  • Kids Club (before and after school care)
  • Media Center
  • Speech and Hearing room
  • Project activity room
  • Three playgrounds
  • Computer labs
  • Gymnasium
  • Occupational therapy room
  • Basketball and tennis courts
  • Football, soccer and softball fields
  • 13-acre prairie nature area with marked trails

Academic Programs

A concept-based curriculum allows a continuous progression through the skills.  Teachers are cognizant of all student needs.  Students are grouped heterogeneously for instruction.  Students with special needs are fully included in the regular classroom and receive support services from resource teachers.  Prairie Vista consists of grades kindergarten through fifth grade.

Prairie Vista is known for its emphasis on academics with a focus on the visual and performing arts through Art Smart, choirs, artist-in-residence programs, musical and dramatic productions and a variety of convocations.

Staff members are continually upgrading their skills and have been trained in classroom applications based on differentiated curriculum, current brain research, phonemic awareness, the theory of multiple intelligences, and authentic assessments.                             

Honors and Achievements

In the fall of 2015 Prairie Vista was named a National Blue Ribbon School (in the “Exemplary High Performing Schools” category), one of only 10 in the state and 335 in the nation. Prairie Vista received that recognition once before, in the fall of 1996, when the U.S. Department of Education named it a National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence.  In May 1997 Prairie Vista was named an Indiana Blue Ribbon School. The Indiana Department of Education has named Prairie Vista a Four Star School in 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Parent Involvement

The school believes that parents are an essential part of the educational team.  Parents are encouraged to participate in their child’s educational program and to get involved in school activities.  Prairie Vista parents are vital partners in the school library, at fifth grade camp, with the LearningSphere and in the classrooms.  The PTO (Parent-Teacher Organization) sponsors many programs that enhance learning for children at Prairie Vista. Visit the PTO webpage to learn more. 

Student Directory 

Each year the Prairie Vista PTO creates a student directory to help school families communicate with one another. Participating is easy; just use this online form to submit your family’s information. You can sign up to be a volunteer as well! 


  • Academic competitions including:
  • Spell Bowl, Science Fair, Continental Math, Word Masters
  • Choir
  • LearningSphere Fair
  • Student Council                                

Mission Statement

Prairie Vista Elementary School educates today’s child for tomorrow’s world by offering each student opportunities to achieve maximum potential for the future by developing self-directed and self-motivated individuals.

Prairie Vista students will attend Schmucker Middle School and Penn High School.

Colors:    Red and black         Mascot:  Puma             Motto:     Educating today’s child for tomorrow’s world.

2-Hour Example

Due to the weather, there will be a 2-hour delay tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 1, 2019. Bus schedules will begin exactly two hours later than the usual time. Morning Kids Club, Head Start and morning PennPALS classes are all canceled. Early Learning Academy will operate on a 2-hour delay.

Click here for the middle schools two-hour delay class schedules. 

Tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 1 is a Gold Day for Penn. Click for Penn High School’s 2-hour delay schedule.