Welcome to Washington Preparatory School (WAPrep), a 6th -12th-grade college preparatory school that emphasizes STEM, project learning, communication skills, and entrepreneurial thinking. WAPrep opened its doors in the fall of 2018, and the faculty are looking forward to beginning our fourth academic school year. I am thankful for our faculty, students, and parents’ resilience over the last eighteen months and look forward to the 2021-2022 school year. At the end of this school year, we celebrate our first high school graduation.
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. It is 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, AP Calculus, AP Physics and AP Computer Science, 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. Nine years at 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 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