Little Prairie Primary School

Bray partnered with the East Troy Community School District to build an award-winning school that benefitted from extensive staff and administration input.

This one-story PreK-2nd grade school features a gymnasium, commons area with clerestory windows to bring in natural light, and prominent learning commons with a reading nook. The largest shared learning space in the school is known as the “town square,” which is inspired by the historic East Troy Town Square. This area houses the cafeteria, access to the school’s specialized environments (art, music, gym, SmartLab), as well as an interactive tree to facilitate exploratory learning.


  • American School & University Magazine, Architectural Portfolio, Citation
  • American Society of Interior Designers Wisconsin Chapter, Design Excellence Awards, Gold Award, K-12 Educational Category
  • The Daily Reporter Top Project
A teacher interacts with students on the tiered seating in the school library in front of large windows overlooking a natural landscape

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East Troy, WI


74,100 sq ft

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The Town Square Tree

The interactive tree trunk has four different areas – an interactive touch screen, Lego exploration, arts and crafts, and play area. The abstracted tree branches, leaves, and clouds are designed to spark students’ imagination and creativity.

A student and teacher interact in one of the four areas of the town square's tree trunk, an area that encourages students to engage their creativity
Teachers interacts with students in the school's computer and technology lab, which features an operable garage door for transporting large science projects

Exploring STEAM


Little Prairie’s SmartLab is the first in the nation completely dedicated to primary-aged children. Students can explore STEAM through project-based learning and applied technology in the fully-integrated learning environment.

Little Prairie Primary School Playground

Sports & Recreation

Play Time!

The new school includes sports and recreation amenities geared for young students, including a gymnasium and an accessible and inclusive outdoor playground.

Little Prairie Primary School Library designed by Bray Architects
Little Prairie Primary School Classroom designed by Bray Architects
Little Prairie Primary School Corridor designed by Bray Architects
Little Prairie Primary School corridor with flexible learning spaces designed by Bray Architects
A exterior view of the outdoor classroom area with the school in the background. The outdoor classroom features large, rectangular boulders arranged in a ring around an intersection of walking paths.
An exterior view of the school's main entry, including an accent wall of grey and yellow panels that welcomes students, staff, and visitors

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