The Waterloo Blog

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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Portrait of a Graduate: Emotional Intelligence

By Bryce Carlisle / August 4, 2023

Traditional high schools are really good at teaching academics, but what about the other skills teenagers need to thrive in the real world? What about emotional intelligence? It’s the kind of thing you might expect to hear about in a commencement address… along with “forks in the road” or “oh, the places we’ll go.” But…

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