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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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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Make Good: Fall 2023 Student Showcase

By Waterloo School / November 15, 2023

We make a lot of things—but are they good? Are they high quality? Are they good for people? Whether it is… buildings or towns, laws or policies, art or poetry, tools or machines, computer code or AI, what we make—what we might make—should it be good? But what makes something good? This fall’s showcase explores…

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Meet your 2023-2024 Faculty (VIDEO!)

By Waterloo School / August 14, 2023

How do we celebrate the wonderful arrival of our new and returning students and families? In our usual grackle-way of course! We make an 80’s style sitcom intro for you to enjoy! We are so excited to welcome a new class of Waterloo freshmen, an amazing group of transfer students…and all our dynamic, funny, talented…

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2023 Spring Student Showcase (with Photos!)

By Waterloo School / June 2, 2023

Here’s a question: What moves people? We can ask this in so many ways. Literally, how do people move around the world? Or why do they pick up and move to a new country? To a new home? What role does data and information play? What role do policies play? What about stories? Spanning myths,…

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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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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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