Watershed students never sit in class and wonder:    "When will I use this in real life?"

At Watershed, students learn by going off campus, working with experts, and creating solutions to real-world problems. Instead of memorizing answers for standardized tests, they might learn economics by starting a small business or master algebra by solving an engineering problem. Watershed students learn with a purpose. Along the way, they’re part of a close-knit community that allows them to be who they are. It’s no wonder they love coming to school every day.

watershed at a glance

  • Founded 2004

  • 100 students, grades 6-12

  • 1:8 teacher:student ratio

  • Fully accredited by the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS)

  • 100% of graduates are accepted to college or university

  • Students spend 15-25 nights a year off campus, including backcountry adventures, school trips to national sites like Silicon Valley, and international destinations like Peru or Cambodia

  • Campus is walkable from public transit and includes a gym, design lab, art studio, and outdoor classroom

  • Core courses are interdisciplinary, hands-on, and project-based

  • Electives include studio art, photography, music, filmmaking, design, engineering, climbing, athletics, dance, and entrepreneurship

  • Math classes are offered at every level up through Calculus

  • Multiple levels of Spanish instruction, which includes intensive instruction and homestay in Guatemala

  • Science instruction (including lab-based chemistry, biology, geology, and physics) is included in every Expedition course, at every grade level

  • Watershed students experience more intellectual and emotional engagement than either public school or private school averages (High School Survey of Student Engagement, Middle Grades Survey of Student Engagement)

  • Members of the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS), the Association of Colorado Independent Schools (ACIS), and the Boulder Area Consortium of Independent Schools (BACIS)