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)