Mindy Watson

Dear Community,


Washington Preparatory School (WaPrep) is an exciting college preparatory school (6th-10th grade) that emphasizes S.T.E.M., project learning, and entrepreneurial thinking. 2019-2020 will be our second academic school year. Visitors often ask, “What are the differentiators that WaPrep offers that other independent schools do not?” I respond, that our faculty are life-long learners, experts in their fields, strategic planners and coaches who motivate our students to achieve their goals. Our students thrive because they are willing to work alongside their peers and teachers. A willingness that enables them to embrace new and unfamiliar challenges with what I call an “I can do it” approach.


The guiding principles of WaPrep, our five pillars, provide the opportunity for students to effectively engage in our rapidly changing world in which we live. Academic excellence through an internationally renowned curriculum for juniors and seniors, international and intercultural involvement, experiential learning opportunities, serving and leadership, and STEEM (science, technology, entrepreneurship engineering, and math) creating a relevant and healthy recipe for successful preparation for college and beyond.


Washington State has been my home for the last thirty years. Prior to jumping on board with WaPrep, I had the pleasure of serving in two highly respected independent schools. Charles Wright Academy for nine years, and more recently twenty years at Seattle Academy of Arts and Sciences. I have served as teacher, coach, outdoor and international trip leader, dean of students, head of upper school, and dean of faculty for STEM program areas. In each of these roles, I was responsible for providing opportunities for each student to grow academically and personally.


I personally invite you to become a part of Washington Preparatory School. It is a school that will inspire students to be prepared for future careers and to embrace life to its fullest to which creativity, perseverance, and critical thinking are the keys to success.

Mindy J Watson

Head of School