Principles and Promises


Some Examples of Practice…

1. Learning to respect and experience the outdoors can help students contribute to a sustainable future.     Students need to learn and participate in outdoor settings to be more aware and experience first-hand positive action to support, sustain and enrich the environment.     Headwater Academy promises to engage students in an exceptional outdoor and environmental education program.    
  • Quality Daily Physical Education
  • Environmental and Outdoor Education
  • Teaching/managing composting, recycling, and consumption.
  • Integrated class focuses (English Language Arts: biographies of naturalists, artists; debates on energy; folklore, nature poetry; setting in writing; Math: analyzing budgets for re-forestation projects; outdoor job salaries; cost analysis of alternative energies…)
2. Learning is an active experience.     Students need to problem solve by going beyond simplistic demonstration of ‘knowing’ things. Learning involves ‘doing’ as much as it involves ‘knowing about’.  A purposeful project-based approach to learning can make significant contributions to student engagement. Learning that support the development of students as entrepreneurs can contribute to building a more innovative and inventive world. Students need to learn and participate as problem-solvers, designers and implementers of creative and practical innovations and solutions to feel confident and skilled at making contributions in society.     Headwater Academy promises to engage students in authentic project-based entrepreneurial education experiences.    
  • Focused ‘hands on’ activities (stock market investing, learning with games; making/ presenting of PowerPoints, videos, web pages to make learning visible; interviewing local seniors to write their biographies…)
  • Research & Development Class (combining physical and chemical science with measurement in mathematics; Project-based classes rooted in scientific method; Using CAD software to design materials).
  • Trailblazer Class (Combining life-science, social science and data management and probability in mathematics; Social Studies inquiry-based project; Life Science inquiry-based project; Using Exel to survey, graph and support analysis of data).
3.  Learning happens when students can adapt and thrive.     Students need to learn how to become confident, self-sufficient and cooperative learners with the capacity to adapt to change.  Students do not thrive in a one-size fits all-model. Schooling is what happens when teaching and learning is pre-scripted and delivered to students. Lasting learning occurs when students can work at their own pace.  Education happens when all partners (students, teachers, family, and community members) are engaged in collaboratively designing challenges that solve problems of the local and global kind.     Headwaters Academy promises to engage students in experiences where they can adapt and thrive in their local and global world.  
  • Mastery Learning – Headwaters Academy has a customized performance –based report card that is transparent to students and families on-line.
  • Students are given opportunities to learn from theirs mistakes and revise work multiple times.
  • Students work in multi-grade classrooms permitting more opportunities to consolidate understandings, work beyond grade level and work in peer teaching and learning buddy scenarios.
  • Our Watermarks Program specifically provides character development opportunities and lessons while encouraging students to carefully consider the impact of their actions on the world around them.