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
- 88 students, grades 6-12
- 1:9 teacher ratio
- Students spend 15-25 nights a year off campus, including backcountry adventures, school trips to national sites like Silicon Valley, and international destinations like Guatemala or Cambodia
- Campus is walkable from public transit and includes a full 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
- Science instruction (including lab-based chemistry, biology, geology, and physics) is fully integrated into every Expedition course, at every grade level
- 100% of Watershed students are accepted to one of their top three college choices
- Watershed students show more growth on tests of real-world problem solving (CWRA+) during their time in high school than 95% of schools
- 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)