Independent School District 424 is a k-12 facility located at 131 Hickory Street North in Lester Prairie.
• Office (320) 395-2521
• Superintendent Jeremy Schmidt (320) 395-3001
• Principal Nathaniel Boyer (320) 395-3011
• Activities Director Blaine Walstrom (320) 395-3005.
The school student population is about 420. The high school graduates an average of 31 students per year, and the elementary school averages 19 students per teacher.
The district provides an active community education program to address the needs of the lifelong learners of the area. The district is looking for course instructors from the community to participate, which will allow it to offer more options.
The school’s website is www.lp.k12.mn.us.
Lester Prairie Public Schools
The Lester Prairie Schools mission statement: To develop every learner to the learner’s maximum potential, to succeed and continue to learn in a changing world.
Independent School District 424 is a k-12 facility located at 131 Hickory Street North, a residential neighborhood in Lester Prairie. The school student population is about 420. The high school graduates an average of 31 students per year, and the elementary school averages 19 students per teacher.
There are 33 certified teachers, several paraprofessionals, and a kitchen, custodial, and office staff in the school who believe the students of today need guidance, care, and a challenging education that will prepare them for a successful life.
Lester Prairie has a wireless infrastructure in place and is continually utilizing present technological tools to enhance and improve student learning. Tools in use include Smartboards, iPads, Chromebooks, and personal devices.
Educational highlights in the elementary school include daily physical education, music, and art classes. Students also have opportunities to participate in learning experiences outside of the school day, with extracurricular content in homework help, Future Problem Solving, science fair, geography bee, and Sumdog online math competitions.
We offer class sizes that are competitive with other schools throughout the state, and pride ourself on having a wonderful staff with a wide range of skills to share with our students. The Parents for Education have done a fantastic job of supporting our entire school system and provide many things, from technology, reading materials, and guest speakers.
Each grade also has the opportunity to participate in field trips. Students have a large participation rate in community education activities and are provided ample opportunities to utilize and learn with technology within the school.
Kids Depot provides an appropriate and fun child care program for elementary students.
Students in grades 6-12 are provided with a high level of education that includes college courses taught at our school, online classes, and ITV classes with certified instructors.
Little Learners provides the opportunity for 3- and 4-year-olds to participate in preschool. Activities are planned using the Creative Curriculum to enhance the skills needed for kindergarten. The schedule is Monday-Wednesday-Friday, with morning and afternoon sessions available. Classes are provided by licensed staff.
Early Childhood Family Education concentrates on birth to 4-year-old children and their parents. Yearly field trips, learning activities, season crafts, and parent education are provided throughout the school year.
Adult Basic Education and GED programs are offered Monday evenings from 6 to 9 p.m. in the media center. The opportunity is free. Individualized instruction and skills provided through the instruction offer adults the opportunity to obtain their GED or learn English as a second language.
The Lester Prairie School District has a complete and inclusive English Language Learners/English as a Second Language (ELL/ESL) program.
Extracurricular activities are an important part of the school experience at Lester Prairie Schools. Lester Prairie has been in a co-op with Holy Trinity School in Winsted for the past six years. Activities include football, volleyball, cross country running, boys’ and girls’ basketball, wrestling, baseball, softball, and track. Other activities include student council, National Honor Society, Future Leaders of America, choir, band, jazz band, National Honor Society, cheerleading, music concerts, and Knowledge Bowl. LP also runs the one-act play. Lester Prairie and Holy Trinity also offer a fall and spring play. LP-HT has an involved student body, with more than 80 percent of high school students involved in at least one activity.
The community of Lester Prairie is very supportive of the school, both fiscally and in the educational process. Some of the organizations that support the school include the Booster Club, the American Legion, the American Legion Auxiliary, the Lions Club, our local newspaper, the Herald Journal; and various other businesses in the area. The Lester Prairie Schools appreciate all the organizations for their continued support.
The district provides an active community education program to address the needs of the lifelong learners of our area. Access to the bulletin and forms are offered online at www.lp.k12.mn.us. We are looking for course instructors from the community to participate, which will allow us to offer more options.