Prairie Wind Middle School has been named a U.S. News & World Report’s Best Middle School for the 2021-22 school year.

U.S. News & World Report published its first rankings of public middle schools and Prairie Wind was placed among the top 30% to earn the honor.

Principal Scott Bjerke said the recognition is well-deserved for the team at Prairie Wind.

“I’ve always said that I am fortunate to be surrounded by so many talented people that get it,” Bjerke said.

According to U.S. News & World Report, schools were assessed on their pupils’ proficiencies in mathematics and reading as measured by state assessment tests. The results themselves, along with the results within the context of socioeconomic demographics, make up the ranking formula.

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U.S. News & World Report has published rankings for more than 47,000 public elementary schools and more than 23,000 public middle schools, according to its website.

Bjerke said the staff are experts at their craft, which means they don’t need him micromanaging them.

“They also understand middle school students -- that alone deserves an award,” Bjerke said. “We try to show up every day with the following mindset/attitude: Have fun… and get a lot done!”