Why are you called “Watershed School”?
The Boulder Creek Watershed – an area defined by the region through which Boulder Creek flows – provides a unique way of defining our community. Our students come from the towns within the watershed, and much of our work is focused on the rich resources and complex issues of the watershed community.
Our motto is “connecting students to their community.” The community to which we want to connect our students is the Boulder Creek Watershed community.
What is the student to teacher ratio?
An intimate 9 to 1. A low student to teacher ratio helps ensure that Watershed students receive the care and attention they need to succeed.
What is the average class size?
Given our wide range of course offerings, class size varies, although most classes typically have between 9 and 14 students. Students are encouraged to sign up for courses that will challenge them academically and allow them to pursue their passions and interests.
Does Watershed prepare students for college?
YES! Watershed students are exceptionally well prepared for college in several ways. Watershed students receive a first-rate education that emphasizes critical thinking skills, collaboration, and seeks to help them apply their knowledge to the world around them. Students have more than just a transcript that lists the courses they have taken. Rather, students compile a detailed portfolio that describes the impressive ways in which they have demonstrated and applied their learning.
In addition to the academic emphasis on excellence in written and oral communication, scientific and media literacy, Watershed students are given explicit preparation for the college entrance exam, the SAT, and devote considerable time to the college application process in our Senior Institute class.
We receive consistent feedback from college admissions counselors that our students are well prepared to succeed both socially and academically in our nation’s top colleges.
How qualified are the teachers?
Exceptionally! Every teacher at Watershed School has years of prior teaching experience and 75% of our teachers have a Masters degree or higher.
How are Watershed students assessed?
We feel that typical grading on an A-F scale is generally not very meaningful, and provides little usable feedback to help students improve their performance. Instead, Watershed School provides regular written reports that give substantive feedback to students and their families.
What sports are offered at the school?
We are pleased to offer a wide-variety of sports and physical activities, including: soccer, bouldering, mountain-biking, yoga, ultimate frisbee, hiking, martial arts, triathlon training, winter sports, and more! Each year, several of our students who are committed athletes in sports not offered at Watershed continue to compete on club teams or their neighborhood public school.
Do you have a strong Arts program?
Yes. We are committed to the arts and seek to strengthen our program every year. We currently offer: studio arts, arts and music, drama, songwriting, photography, video production, and dance. During our Explore Weeks, we frequently offer arts intensives including: ceramics, filmmaking, woodworking, museum studies, ski building, and more!