Who We Are

The 21st Century Preparatory School, a 4K-8 independent public charter school, opened in fall 2002 through authorization from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents. The charter is held by Racine Charter One, Inc., a Wisconsin 501 (c) (3) nonprofit corporation whose nine-member board of directors, including an ex-officio representative of the UW-Parkside Chancellor, oversees school operation. The school is administered by a three-member leadership team led by the school’s Executive Director.

We serve students in prekindergarten through eighth grade, aligning the curriculum with Common Core State Standards, Wisconsin Academic Model Standards, and Next Generation Science Standards. Through varied instructional methodologies and resources, we address individual student learning styles, emphasizing authentic, hands-on learning and classroom discussion. Assessments reflect the instructional goals and content taught.   While the school does not discriminate in admission, many of our students are from economically disadvantaged families and are at the highest risk of early disengagement from schooling, facing obstacles to a successful future.​ The 21st Century Preparatory School works to equip students with the strong academic, personal, and social skills they need to pursue their talents and gifts.

Our mission is to prepare diverse children for access to the full array of life choices, including college and careers that develop their leadership competency. We take individual differences seriously and craft practices that serve each child equally well. We mold our future leaders through selfless caring for their success.

We develop students to be global leaders in the 21st century, taking individual differences seriously, and crafting practices that serve each child equally well.  All students will:

  • Master the body of knowledge, skills, attitudes and habits of mind are critical to success today and in the future.
  • Be adaptable to a variety of circumstances and conditions over the course of their lives.
  • Recognize and respect diversity.
  • Have full access to American society.
  • Develop the capability to contribute to a better Racine in future generations.


  • We strive to do our best.
  • We take pride in our accomplishments.
  • We honor the accomplishments of others.


  • We are truthful.
  • We keep our promises.
  • We do our own work.
  • We treat all people fairly.
  • We know and do the right thing.
  • We have the courage to make the right choice even when it is hard to do.


  • We make good choices.
  • We exhibit good behavior.
  • We are courteous and polite to everyone.
  • We show kindness to others.
  • We appreciate and take care of our school and the things in our classrooms and halls.
  • We accept others who have different ideas.
  • We take care of the environment.


  • We think before we act.
  • We take ownership for our behavior.
  • We use good problem solving and decision making skills.
  • We accept consequences for poor choices.
  • We are reliable and trustworthy.


  • We treat others as we wish to be treated.
  • We are kind and polite.
  • We let others know when we are thankful for their help and guidance.


  • We work as a team.
  • We support others when they need help.
  • We work for peaceful and fair ways to solve problems.
  • We willingly accept direction from adults.


  • We respect and appreciate the principles on which our country was founded.
  • We respect authority and obey the law.
  • We work to understand our government and how it works.
  • We take care of the environment.
  • We are life-long learners.
  • We volunteer and serve our school and community.