About Our Middle School
The Headwaters Middle School offers a profound opportunity for young people to be members of a community that fosters courageous self-expression and a deep love of learning. We provide a supportive and constructive environment where students feel the freedom to explore their passions as well has have the experience of being well-guided on this road to independence. The middle school culture is one in which students’ wellbeing is of the highest priority. We strive to assist our young people to gain the skill set needed to excel in a college preparatory setting while holding onto the wonderment that is lifelong learning. We believe our students’ success in life will be a function of their ability to produce extraordinary results while maintaining healthy and sustainable lifestyles.
The Headwaters Middle School teaching staff is committed to both building relationships with their students and powerfully imparting their course-specific content. The strong sense of community that is created in the classrooms and all over campus is fostered by the supportive relationships that our teachers form with their students. In our Middle School classrooms, one will find inspired and inspiring teachers. Our teachers focus on scaffolding the learning process to help students prepare for a lifetime of learning. We spend time on both the content as well as methods for learning the content. Our teachers truly care about the whole child. They take time to support content learning in addition to wellbeing.
- Model a lifelong love of learning
- Listen for the hopes, dreams, and commitments of our students
- Nurture compassion and love
- Hold students to extraordinary academic and social standards
- Honor students’ promises with support, reminders, and apology-free delivery of consequences
Headwaters Middle School students make and keep extraordinary agreements. At Headwaters, community plays an important role in the success of the individual. We know individuals can accomplish the extraordinary with the support of a community. To this end, we establish a different set of standards for acceptable behavior. Headwaters students promise to do their best, to honor the school’s vision, to not gossip, to not illegally use drugs or alcohol, and to honor their promises as well as the promises of their peers. These promises create a foundation for a community where students are safe to explore, learn, and grow together.
In Partnership with Parents
Each Headwaters Middle School student is a member of an advisory. Students meet each school day with about 14 students and one teacher who serve as the group’s advisor. Being an advisor goes well beyond the demands of a homeroom teacher. Advisors deliver a school-designed character development curriculum that has our students write mission statements, set goals, and conduct holistic self-evaluations. Each semester, the student’s advisor also oversees planning and implementation of a weeklong independent project.
Advisors also serve as the first point of contact for the students’ parents. Our advisors establish a partnership with the parent to support the students’ overall wellbeing. Middle School is a time of transition and exploration of the self. Students are often in the throws of redefining themselves, sometimes on a weekly basis. Advisory is a course that focuses on positive character development and long-range thinking. Having a supportive adult advisor that truly sees each student serves to help guide our young students through this transitional period in their lives.
We truly believe our students’ success in life will be a function of their ability to produce extraordinary results while maintaining healthy and sustainable lifestyles.