Watershed School

A nonprofit organization

A progressive independent school in Boulder, CO for grades 6-12,  Watershed School is committed to a program and school culture that inspires and educates students to become highly capable, healthy, wise, and engaged citizens who are prepared to take on the world’s great challenges. Our students engage in work that matters—work that is important to the student and has a positive impact beyond the walls of the school. We believe schools should not just help students develop the skills and habits for future success, but should awaken their curiosity, expand their view of the world, and empower them to make a difference in their local, regional, and global communities.


"I support Watershed because it prepares kids for the future. At Watershed, kids learn how to learn. They learn how to ask the right questions and, importantly, how to acquire the skills and collaborations they need to answer those questions. Watershed is a smart investment now because it’s a smart investment in my child’s potential and in our collective future."   - Parent '22

“What makes Watershed great is that everyday I walk through the double set of doors, I feel seen. I feel like a valued individual, not just another face.”   - Student ‘22

“Watershed shaped who I am today. The staff are amazing and committed to creating a healthy community, and the classes are impactful. The travel opportunities were and still are incredible.”   - Alum ‘16

"Traditional school limited both of my kids, but in different ways. My son’s teachers were concerned that he colored outside the lines. Conversely, they praised my daughter for coloring within the lines. Watershed freed both of my kids to venture outside the lines."   - Alumni Parent


To spark adventure and wonder, foster inquiry and community, and build the character and ability of students to take on the world's greatest challenges.

Background Statement

Research-based, future-focused, community-centered. These phrases describe our educational program, and they also help guide us as an institution. We aim to provide an education that is based on the best research on learning and teaching, is focused on the world our graduates will be entering in their future, and is engaged with our communities -- directly helping to improve the world around us. We are committed to working with others to build a future that is more just, more sustainable, and more compassionate.

Organization Data


Organization name

Watershed School

Year Established


Tax id (EIN)




Organization Size

Large Organization


1661 Alpine Ave
Boulder, CO 80304

Service areas

Boulder County, CO, US



Social Media