We think learning from the real world works better, for most students, than learning from a textbook. But no school is right for everyone.

Here are some things you should know about our mission, and some ways to know if our program is the right fit for you or your child.

We spark adventure and wonder.

Watershed students don't necessarily need to be "outdoorsy" or seasoned world travellers. However, they should be excited to explore and open to what’s new.

The right applicant is:

  • Curious about the world
  • Eager to go off campus
  • Mature enough to work independently
  • Ready for overnight trips away from home
  • Able to adapt to new situations

WE foster inquiry and community. 

Watershed students aren't satisfied with surface level work. They ask great questions, and they can work in a team to find (or create) answers. 

The right applicant is:

  • Able to ask good questions
  • Willing to have their initial ideas challenged
  • More interested in creating a new answer than being told the "right" answer
  • Able to show social intelligence, self-control, and empathy in a group
  • Open to the give and take of collaboration

We build the character and ability to take on the world’s greatest challenges.

A Watershed education is not traditional, but it is challenging. A Watershed student doesn't need to be a straight "A" student, but they should be ready for rigorous, college preparatory work.

The right applicant is:

  • Open to conversations about character as well as academic progress
  • Willing to give and receive meaningful feedback
  • Eager to do real, hands-on work
  • Ready to be challenged by the expectations of a college preparatory program
  • Excited about making the world a better place