The Waterloo Blog

Students Transform Hospice House at Community First! Village

By Waterloo School / June 12, 2024

Throughout the 2023-2024 semester, Waterloo seniors worked alongside the groundkeepers and residents of Community First! Village to design the landscaping for a hew “Hospice House” — a project that will be cherished and enjoyed by the community for many years to come. Community First! is a master-planned neighborhood that provides affordable housing and a supportive…

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Waterloo 2024 Commencement Highlights (VIDEO)

By Waterloo School / June 10, 2024
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A Fond Farewell to Rachel Kubitz

By Craig Doerksen / June 6, 2024

On the last day of school, Rachel Kubitz told the students that she will be not be returning Waterloo as a teacher next fall. It was a sad moment for all of us students and staff who love her and have benefited—blessed—by her presence, her work, her personality, her teaching. I and the other founders…

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Portrait of a Graduate: Cultural Fluency

By Carol Blosser / May 6, 2024

Our portrait of a graduate features our ultimate learning goals for each of our Waterloo students. It represents the toolbox of personal, productive, and academic skills they need to excel and make an impact in the world. Today we’re talking about another “academic” slice of the pie: historical and cultural fluency. What is historical and cultural…

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Portrait of a Graduate: Communication Proficiency

By Carol Blosser / April 30, 2024

The next component in our series about our portrait of a graduate is communication proficiency. What is communication proficiency? Being a proficient communicator doesn’t just mean writing or speaking words that others can understand. It means listening, engaging, and conveying complex ideas in language that our audience can understand and connect with. Many projects at…

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Portrait of a Graduate: Quantitative, Technical, and Scientific Fluency

By Waterloo School / April 11, 2024

Just like our project-based curriculum, an education at Waterloo is designed to create something of lasting value: a young adult ready to engage and share their skills, ideas, and solutions with the world. Our portrait of a graduate depicts the variety of skills we aim to impart to each of our students. It outlines our personal,…

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Portrait of a Graduate: Design and Production

By Christina Swan / March 27, 2024

Life at Waterloo is centered around more than just academic achievement. Our portrait of a graduate outlines a variety of skills needed to complete a trifecta of personal, productive, and academic goals. In our last blog, Craig Doerksen talked about discovery and analysis, the first steps towards understanding a problem. Once we understand the “why” behind…

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Portrait of a Graduate: Discovery and Analysis

By Craig Doerksen / February 22, 2024

Kids start asking “why” from a very young age, and it continues right through high school. Before they fully engage in a topic or a task, they are critically interested in the “why” behind the “what.” So why do we learn? Why do we do what we do? Good grades an academic achievement are one…

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What Real-Life Skills Do Students Need?

By Waterloo School / December 12, 2023

Imagine this: you’re seventeen. How do you prepare—for a changing world? How do you become necessarily adaptable and wise about your life ahead? At Waterloo, we don’t want to be reactive to change and uncertainty. We seek to build capacity to look ahead and respond to needs and opportunities as they arise. We’re preparing our…

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Big Cheesy Fest 2023

By Waterloo School / November 28, 2023

On Thursday, November 9th, we hosted our Annual “Gala” AKA – The Big Cheesy Fest! Our students provided dinner, entertainment and more to kick-off our Fall annual giving campaign. We’re just getting started “Five years ago, we were in this very room launching Waterloo,” Bryce Carlisle remarked from the stage. Despite the success over the last…

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