The Waterloo Blog

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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Waterloo Celebrates 4 Years of Education and Innovation

By Waterloo School / May 22, 2023

This Saturday, Waterloo’s class of 2023 will be crossing the stage to accept their diplomas and make their way out into the world! This special occasion marks a big milestone, not just for the students but for the school itself. Why? These seniors represent the first class to experience all four years at the fledgling…

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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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Announcing Waterloo’s 2022-2023 Big Cheese Campaign!

By Waterloo School / November 29, 2022

It’s Big Cheese time! Welcome to our annual (lighthearted) campaign that helps us lead our amazing, ambitious high school students reach their potential. We’re investing in people The Big Cheese is not just about raising money — it’s about making a real impact. But how do we do that? Earlier this fall, our families hosted…

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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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Is Waterloo a “Rigorous” High School?

By Waterloo School / July 28, 2022

Academic rigor in high school is often touted as a selling point for families and an indicator of future success for students. But what does a rigorous curriculum really mean? Is an “academically rigorous” curriculum really the best way to help students succeed? To help unpack this idea, we captured a conversation between Dr. Christina…

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Success at Austin Energy Science Fair!

By Waterloo School / March 9, 2022

Exciting news from Waterloo School! We had a great time at this year’s Regional Austin Energy State Science Fair, bringing home some big wins. Elizabeth Everston won 1st in her category, Engineering Mechanics. We also have a 5th place winner in an alternate category, Cordelia Bryant! Please join us in congratulating our students. We are so…

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2022 Junior Projects (VIDEO)

By Waterloo School / March 4, 2022

Are you curious about what it’s like to experience the capstone Junior Project here at Waterloo School? In their third year, Waterloo students take on the exciting task of completing a Junior Project. This is a project that showcases each student’s unique interests and skills developed during their time at Waterloo and helps colleges see…

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