The Waterloo Blog

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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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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Waterloo’s Border Experience

By Craig Doerksen / May 15, 2023

Have you ever been on a class trip? Where did you go? What did you do? Plenty of schools embark on class trips to unique cultural destinations to explore and expand young minds – some turn them into mission trips building local relationships and engaging in acts of service. At Waterloo, we’ve taken many of…

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What is Project-Based Learning?

By Waterloo School / April 24, 2023

Education at Waterloo School is inspired by several different learning models. One of those is well known by some and a bit of a mystery to others: Project-Based Learning (known by those familiar with it as ‘PBL.’) Just what is project-based learning? How does it work? And what does it look like in practice? What…

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Designing a School for Growth

By Craig Doerksen / September 29, 2022

What’s the purpose of school? What words do teenagers often use to describe learning at school? For many students, the school experience checks way too many of those boxes.  Ever wonder why that is? Is it just inevitable? The rise of achievement-oriented education We think the problem has to do with what we’ve come to…

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What does senior year look like at Waterloo?

By Craig Doerksen / August 25, 2022

Your senior year is a great time to be in high school! Will you coast through the finish line, or will you make the most of the time you have left? Dr. Christina Swan (admissions, sciences) and Craig Doerksen (director, humanities) recently had a chat about how Waterloo empowers seniors to get a head start…

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2022 Commencement Highlight (VIDEO)

By Waterloo School / June 29, 2022

We are so proud of our newest graduating class of Waterloo School! These students took a leap of faith from the beginning, joining a new school in the midst of their high school education. They faced the challenges of work from home and shared in many achievements over the years. From serving our country to…

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2022 Spring Showcase Highlight Reel (VIDEO)

By Waterloo School / June 29, 2022

On May 24, our students took to the halls of the “Waterlouvre” to present a museum-style showcase event. Friends, family, and community members enjoyed an evening of incredible original exhibits, docents, hors d’oeuvre, and panel discussions. Check out this video to hear directly from our students about their experience this trimester. Get inspired by their…

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Learn about Waterloo from the PARENTS! (VIDEO)

By Waterloo School / April 7, 2022

Are you curious about joining the Waterloo community? We invited several Waterloo families to share their stories with you! It can be daunting for parents and students to start a new school, especially one as unique as Waterloo. With a wide range of backgrounds, student personalities, and family needs, these testimonials provide encouragement for anyone…

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The School We All Want (Big Cheese Update + Showcase VIDEOS!)

By Craig Doerksen / January 11, 2022

I can’t tell you how many times we’ve described Waterloo to a friend, family member, or parent exploring Waterloo and they say, “I wish my high school was like this. Can I be a student here?”. As adults, we realize these crucial years are not best spent cramming a ton of information to take a…

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