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2016-2017

We open the school year under our new name, Headwaters School!

2015 – 2016

We welcomed our new Head of School, Ted Graf, and began a strategic planning process in January 2016. We opened our new building and playground on the Elementary campus on Brodie Lane for our 2nd through 5th grade students.

2014 – 2015

After our three-year candidacy is approved in the spring of 2014, our high school launches the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme. We begin the development and cultivation of The Bird’s Nest, our new 10.7 acre wildlife habitat on Brodie Lane, which was donated to the school in the fall of 2013 for use by all of our students. Our Elementary program expands our Early Elementary and Upper Elementary programs with the addition of two new classes, and construction is planned for the additional two acres of the Brodie Lane property. Our Early Childhood campus continues to serve our 18 month to 5-year-old students, and further cultivate the Primary Garden.

2013 – 2014

Our Elementary School moves to our new Brodie Lane property in August 2013. With the help of a generous donation, we are able to hire a full-time learning specialist to support our elementary teachers. Our K-5th Grade program serves more than 150 students in six classes. A grant from Whole Foods allows us to double our gardening space and program. Our Early Childhood program serves 125 children and their families. Our Middle & Upper School campus, now serving nearly 230 students, add a robotics program, a new technology lab for arts and sciences, and a cross country team.

2012 – 2013

The newly merged school (adopting the name Khabele School for all of its campuses), serves ages 18 months through high school, and grows to 450 students on three campuses. Our Middle & High School campus in downtown Austin adds a library and cafe space at 809 Rio Grande. We also add 804 Rio Grande as our Headwaters Studio. Our 2nd-5th grade students are moved to a beautiful campus on the greenbelt off of South Lamar Blvd., while our Early Childhood and K-1 students remain on our Primavera campus on Manchaca Road. We work to find a permanent home for our growing Elementary program, and in the spring of 2013 we acquire a new 4-acre property at 9607 Brodie Lane.

2011 – 2012

The Khabele School grows to 215 students and continues to expand its campus, and Primavera grows to 190 students. Both schools announce the merger. The 10-year anniversary of Khabele School and of Primavera, the merger, and the growth of all programs was celebrated at a city-wide concert at the Moody Theatre in November of 2011. The schools partnered all year in a full integration plan to serve children 18 months old through 12th grade.

2010 – 2011

With 200 students, the Khabele School focuses on the Teaching Assistant Program, Project Week, the Character Education Program, and increased AP offerings. The international program expands with the addition of new students from all over the globe. Primavera grows enrollment to 160 students and is voted “Austin’s Best Montessori School” by Austin Family Magazine. Each school contracts Greenlights to facilitate the due diligence and merger process. The Board of Directors of each school, as well as key staff, meet throughout the school year to discuss the benefits and risks of a potential merger. Both schools file the merger documents in the summer of 2011 and officially become one school.

2009 – 2010

With 190 students, the Khabele School’s year is highlighted with the addition of many new AP classes and the expansion of the college-counseling program. Primavera acquires new space, grows enrollment to 142 students, and extends the elementary program up to 5th grade. Founders Moya and Khotso Khabele and Jennifer Tyson begin talking about the possibility of being sister schools or even merging one day.

2008 – 2009

With 170 students, the Khabele School acquires another new building and adds a science lab, art studio, counseling office, library, and a Mac lab. Khabele students win several district and state awards in the TAPPS music and arts competitions, the TAAPS athletics seasons, and the PSIA academic competition. Primavera stays at 120 students and outdoor classrooms are built onto every room, furthering the vision of outdoor education.

2007 – 2008

The Khabele School grows to 150 students and acquires a studio annex that houses martial arts, dance, yoga, music, and theatre programs. The First Annual “Khabele Forward” is founded, a 3-day all-school retreat that builds community and student engagement. Primavera grows to 120 students and further perfects the Elementary curriculum. The school is honored as the “People Fund Outstanding Entrepreneur” by People Fund.

2006 – 2007

The Khabele School grows to 100 students and acquires two adjacent buildings which house the middle school classrooms, a new science lab, and an art/music/film studio. An athletics program begins and the school gains accreditation through the Texas Alliance of Accredited Private Schools. Primavera begins its first Kindergarten/1st grade class, establishing itself as a preschool and Elementary program. Enrollment grows to 116 students, and resources are focused on arts education, gardening, and music.

2005 – 2006

The Khabele School grows to 68 students and uses this particular year to focus on science education, the integration of technology into the classroom, and the global immersion trip program. The Khabele School is voted “Austin’s Best Holistic Approach to Education” by the Austin Chronicle and one of “Austin’s Best High Schools” by Austin Magazine. Primavera adds an additional class and grows to 94 students, and focuses on developing a holistic physical education program.

2004 – 2005

The Khabele School’s fourth year is characterized by student leadership, a new parent education program, and the historic move to the downtown location. Enrollment grows to 37 students. Primavera acquires a new building and grows enrollment to 70 students, focusing on perfecting the toddler and primary programs.

2003 – 2004

The Khabele School grows to 24 students and starts an arts and music program. Primavera grows to 26 students and begins to plan for future growth. A high-quality Spanish program is implemented.

2002 – 2003

The Khabele School grows to 15 students. Our Early Childhood & Elementary program was founded in 2002 as Primavera Montessori School by Maria Claus, John Martin, Jennifer Phillips, and Jennifer Tyson. It began at 6405 Manchaca Road with 15 students, ages 2 to 5. The founders set out to create a different kind of school—one that supported the learning styles, spirits, and emotional intelligences of all children.

2001 – 2002

Our Middle & High School program was founded in 2001 as the Khabele School by Lisa Dubuque, Khotso Khabele, Moya Khabele, and Hector Perez. It started as a campus in North Austin with nine students ranging from 6th through 12th grade. After a first year of learning and growth, the founders focused on developing the school’s identity through mission and vision. The school gains its non-profit status and develops its values of “Freedom, Self-Expression, and Excellence.”