Washington Preparatory School (WaPrep) is an exciting college preparatory school (6th-11th grade) that emphasizes STEM, project learning, communication skills, and entrepreneurial thinking. 2020-2021 will be our third academic school year. However, the year 2020 is different for institutions of learning across our nation. Tuesday, March 3, 2020, was WaPrep’s day 1 for remote instruction as COVID-19 and the Flu were real threats to our community safety. Thankfully, our students and faculty did not miss a beat. Faculty and students alike had new tasks and skills to learn, we all had good days and not so good days, yet resilience showed us the path to June, learning continued at a high level, and our 8th-grade moving-up ceremony in our parking lot was a success.
In September 2020, WaPrep began its school year with a hybrid model of learning. Middle School and High School students alternate weeks (we call them Orange and Blue weeks) for being on-campus Monday through Thursday, with all students online on Fridays. Our school structure is nimble, and therefore we support families who want their child at school every day, every week, and those families who feel their students should remain at home learning online.
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 this” approach.
The guiding principles of WaPrep, our five pillars, allow students to engage in our rapidly changing world effectively. Academic excellence achieved with the internationally renowned International Baccalaureate Diploma Program for juniors and seniors, international and intercultural involvement, experiential learning opportunities, service learning and leadership, and STEEM (science, technology, entrepreneurship engineering, and math) creates a relevant and healthy recipe for successful college preparation.
Washington State has been my home for the last thirty-two years. Before jumping on board with WaPrep, I enjoyed serving in two highly respected independent schools. For nine years, Charles Wright Academy 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 invite you to become a part of the Washington Preparatory School experience. 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.
Let’s Get Busy Learning & Living—Go Bobcats!
Mindy J Watson
Head of School