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.
Community LeadersThe Community Leader (CLs) program is intended to empower dedicated students to develop their skills as leaders within the community. Community Leaders are chosen by their peers and teachers through an application and a vote. They are bestowed with the responsibility to continually move Headwaters School in the direction of a student-run community. They work closely with the Head of Middle School in improving all aspects of the school.
Community Leaders are held to high levels of accountability within the community. They serve as role models for students and represent the school to the larger community. As such, they make the following explicit agreements upon entering the program:
- to maintain a GPA of 3.00 or higher
- to attend weekly Community Leader meetings
- to maintain an impeccable behavioral record
Admissions Council is comprised of at least one staff member and up to ten students. Admissions Council enrolls students based on consensus. Students review the prospective student’s application, essay, and interviews to determine if Headwaters School is the right fit for the student. Admissions Council meetings are held once per week.
Pitso is a Sesotho word (a dialect from Southern Africa), meaning meeting of the people. Traditionally, it was an opportunity for all of the people to gather and voice their opinions. At Headwaters, Pitsos are held weekly. And serve as a time to gather the Middle School for a specific topic of interest, such as performances, storytelling, poetry, and peer acknowledgements. Students work with administrators to partner in planning and facilitating Pitso, too. All students are required to attend Pitsos.