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Our New Name

A New Era

August 2016 ushered an exciting new era for our school as we launched our new name, identity, and Purpose, Promise and Principles. All the people and learning environments that make our school so remarkable all remain the same under our new name, Headwaters School. See the links below for more information.

Watch the Video

Beloved leaders across our school share our story and big news! Take a moment and watch this beautiful video.


The Journey Here

We’ve been on this journey for years. Beginning with the merger of the schools previously known as Primavera Montessori School (founded in 2002) and The Khabele School (founded in 2001) back in 2011, we’ve been evolving into one school. In the spring of 2014, after a three-year candidacy, our high school was approved and launched the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme. In the summer of 2014, we searched and found our new Head of School, Ted Graf, who joined us in July 2015. Beginning in January 2016, Ted began leading us through strategic planning. Through this deep work, we found the common themes that are true across our school, and used those as the inspiration for our new foundational language: our Purpose, Promise, and Principles. And from that, we developed our new name and identity. On August 22, 2016, we stepped into this next great era for our school as we launched our new brand, based on the core essence of what’s true and unique about this school. 

The Headwaters Story

In our Water, River, Headwaters video (1:16), hear Rendi Nutt, Kelley Janes, Virginia Luff, Isabelle Crow, Jen Phillips, and Steve Ravel talk about the power and beauty of the inspiration for our new name.

In the video Headwaters, Flowing with Meaning (1:19), Marta Peters and Ryan Phillips beautifully break down the name Headwaters, which is flowing with meaning in English and Spanish.

We love this quote from the AmericanRivers.org  website that so beautifully describes both what headwaters are while describing metaphorically what happens at our school. Take a moment from your busy day and watch this short video.

Headwaters, Inspired by Nature (1:24), spoken in voices from our community.

The beginning of a river is called its headwaters.
Even if a river becomes big and powerful, its headwaters often don’t start out that way.
Some headwaters are springs that come from under the ground.
Others are marshy areas fed by mountain snow.
A river’s headwaters can be huge, with thousands of small streams that flow together, or just a trickle from a lake or pond.
What happens in the headwaters is very important to the health of the whole river, because anything that happens upstream affects everything downstream.

Learning and Life are Like a River (1:45) Hear thoughts on this concept in this video with Ted Graf, Rendi Nutt, Jen Phillips, Viginia Luff, and Sean Fleming.

In the video Living into Headwaters (1:32) Steve Ravel, Isabelle Crow, Rendi Nutt, Virginia Luff, Tracy Asamoah, and Ted Graf invite each one of us to live into this new name as we all bring it to life.

The name Headwaters expresses our belief in the wisdom and beauty that lies at the heart of each of our students. As Maria Montessori said, “To stimulate life, leaving it free, however, to unfold itself–that is the first duty of the educator.” We believe in the journey, and that each student has their own path, much like the way a river forms and is shaped by the contributions of many along the way.

Embrace Headwaters!

We invite your help in spreading this news to your communities. Wear a Headwaters shirt, put a Headwaters sticker on your car, share our video announcement on your social media accounts, and tell your friends and coworkers about who we are!

  • Logo Library: Below are a few samples of our new logo. For specific resolutions/file formats, please contact our Communications Director, Amy Nylund. The name and identity of Headwaters School are trademarks of Headwaters School and can only be used for purposes promoting and supporting our school.
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