A progressive independent school in Boulder, CO, the Watershed School is committed to a program and school culture that inspires and educates students to become highly capable, healthy, wise, and engaged citizens prepared to take on the world`s great challenges. Our students engage in work that matters-work that is important to the student and has a positive impact beyond the walls of the school.
We believe schools should not just help students develop the skills and habits for future success, but should awaken their curiosity, expand their view of the world, and empower them to make a difference in their local, regional, and global communities.
- School Type: School with Special Program Emphasis
- Grades: 6-12
- Enrollment: 110 students
- Application Deadline: None / Rolling
- Source: Verified school update
School Membership(s)School Assoc.
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 24%
Students by Grade
Academics and Faculty
Total Classroom Teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
Classroom Dress Code
Tuition and Acceptance Rate
None / Rolling
% on Financial Aid
Average Financial Aid Grant
- A progressive independent school in Boulder, CO, the Watershed School is committed to a program and school culture that inspires and educates students to become highly capable, healthy, wise, and engaged citizens prepared to take on the world`s great challenges. Our students engage in work that matters-work that is important to the student and has a positive impact beyond the walls of the school. We believe schools should not just help students develop the skills and habits for future success, but should awaken their curiosity, expand their view of the world, and empower them to make a difference in their local, regional, and global communities.
Source: Verified school update
Frequently Asked Questions
When is the application deadline for Watershed School?
The application deadline for Watershed School is rolling (applications are reviewed as they are received year-round).
There are not enough words to express the transformative, character-building, mind-expanding, soul-nourishing, and affirming experience our boys have had at Watershed for the past EIGHT years! We are about to celebrate the graduation of our youngest with joy and gratitude and yet SO sad that our time there is coming to an end. We wish we had more kids to send! Watershed picked up the somewhat broken pieces our kids came in with as 7th graders and put them together to form incredible humans! Yes, the education and educators are phenomenal and inspire these kids to be authentically interested, involved, and motivated. But the emotional intelligence, connections, and solid meaningful relationships Watershed fosters among EVERYONE (teachers, staff, and students alike) will take them farther in life than any academics possibly could. When relationships and community are at the forefront, one simply cannot fall through the cracks, hide, or get lost and that`s exactly where my kids started. They were able to figure out pretty quickly that they could show up as themselves and that they were held, respected, and safe (pretty unusual for middle school especially!) Thanks to this type of `schooling` (or rather, `human-ing`) and incredible teachers and admin, they have blossomed into their full unique selves and I couldn`t be more impressed with them and grateful to this school! I`ve seen enough Watershed graduates to know this school develops kids who are secure in who they are and what they have to offer. They value themselves and their relationships and are excited to share that knowledge and confidence for the benefit of their community as well as the big wide world they`ve come to experience and know through the school. I can`t think of anything more important no matter what path they choose! Thank you Watershed for helping us shape and develop a couple of well-rounded, well-balanced, kind, and motivated humans to send out into the world!!
Watershed embodies the best of the progressive tradition of education. I love that Watershed takes my son where he is at emotionally, socially, and academically and then pushes him as a learner beyond what he thought was possible. Recently my son did a 24 hours solo in the Indian Peaks Wilderness and he returned home full of confidence, and ready to apply the lessons he learned outdoors to his academics.
Watershed School brilliantly honors its mission, to prepare students to take on the World's Greatest Challenges. From personalized assignments, 9-day backpacking trips, and teachers that foster character growth, I developed leadership, social, and communication skills that are responsible for my successes today. The focus on real-world learning, connections, and life skills prepared me for an Ivy League education and to solve the Restaurant Industry's greatest challenges.
My son graduated from the Watershed School in 2016 and from Lewis Clark College in 2020. Having watched the arc of his education I see what an amazing contribution Watershed made to his intellectual education and equally his development as a wonderful human and contributing member of society. I cannot thank the educators enough for their commitment to the students at this school. The educational model commits to the whole child and prepares them as thoughtful, critical thinking adults, prepared for the real world. They also have a lot of fun! Engaged in the classroom and out in the field, I found it to be an extraordinary education.
This is my second year as a parent of a middle schooler at Watershed. I feel so lucky that my child attends Watershed because his teachers know him and appreciate him for the awesome kid that he is! They have brought out intellectual growth, help him engage with real world issues, and push him to improve in areas that are right for him. This is all done in a loving and warm environment. My opinion is that the mark of a truly great education is not in the "pedigree cultivation," the test scores of the kids getting in, or the price tag; it is in how the kids grow in their time there. That is the true purpose of education: to ignite interest and passions in our kids, to nurture them and help them grow, to help them learn from challenges, to meet them where they are, and guide them on their own paths. We have found all of this at Watershed and are so proud of the work we see our son doing.
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