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 as 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.
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. We establish a different set of standards for acceptable behavior. These promises create a foundation for a community where students are safe to explore, learn, and grow together.
We work hard in our middle school to create an environment that allows students to be curious, take risks, stretch their limits, and make mistakes. We believe that the job of our guides is not to simply impart knowledge, but to help students to make meaning from knowledge. Most of all, we believe that joy is a key component of learning, and we work to help students maintain that spark as they navigate these middle school years.
Middle School students study English, Social Studies, Science, Mathematics, language acquisition, wellness, study skills, physical education, and the Arts. Classes like Middle School Orientation help students develop study skills and organizational habits early as we encourage students to have a healthy school/life balance.
Learn more about our Middle School curriculum below.
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Foundational to our academic structure is our advisory curriculum. Much more than a home room, an advisory creates a daily support structure for academic and personal success.
Every Middle School student will participate in a variety of movement-based courses designed to reinforce the school values of being Peacemakers, Advocates, Creators and Thinkers while also encouraging physical movement, social-emotional learning and executive functioning.
Student voice is a key aspect of culture at Headwaters School. As the PACT states, our students are invited to be Peacemakers, Advocates, Creators, and Thinkers--often expressed through student leadership.
The River Campus is located in the heart of downtown Austin. Our vision for the River Campus is an upper school program that is deeply integrated with civic, tech, environmental, and service opportunities for our students beyond the walls of our schools.
As a 501(c)3 non-profit school, Headwaters School does not discriminate because of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or any other classes protected by federal, state, or local law in its admissions, hiring, or board membership processes.