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Watershed High School

Charter | 9-12 | 75 students

 

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Posted August 17, 2014

As a parent, my son went to this school to get away from the inner city "huge schools", but found that even at a smaller school, the teachers were not tolerant of a shy kid. The admin was dishonest. Disappointing.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 6, 2014

I went here for 2013 to 2014. I think this school is good school it's just that for me the education system is little different. I went to this school in the first place so I wouldn't get bullied. I didn't which I'm happy about. Overall I think this school is awesome.
—Submitted by a student


Posted February 5, 2009

My son is a Senior at Watershed. The high energy and engagement level of the teachers is amazing, they truly care about the students. The classes are challenging with many learning opportunities being hands-on to help develop applied knowledge skills. Parents are always welcome to visit the school and may contact teachers via email or in person to get regular updates on their child's progress as well as attend the various events that are sponsored throughout the year. Parents are encouraged to join community groups, and that is a great way to meet other parents who are involved and concerned with their children. We ve seen our son grow in confidence and skill and he comments regularly about the broad learning opportunities available at Watershed. The atmosphere is one of learning, respect, and encouraging each student to find their strengths to prepare for the challenges they will face after graduation.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted February 4, 2009

Watershed has been a important for three of my children. Each child has arrived at this school with different needs, and each child has received generous and gracious guidance and assistance to find their own way through what are not always easy years. Academic confidence, validation of identity and the opportunity to explore interests of their own are some of what Watershed has offered my children. I am excited about what this school has become in its first thirteen years, and even more excited by its future potential.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 14, 2008

I have had two sons attend and graduate from Watershed, in 2005 and 2008. They both thrived in the academic environment, which brings creative and interdisciplinary thinking, including art, into the the block sheduled 'main lessons'. These blocks are about a month long and involve an in depth inquiry into a particular topic, which may be a geographic area, a particular literature, a historical period or the like. The notion is to engage in a mulitfacted review that can involve historical, scientific, cultural, philosophical, and artistic context. Our experience has been that this has been very instructive and very good preparation for higher learning. Both boys have gone onto college, and have received large merit based scholarships from good schools. In addition, the small size and supportive community atmosphere of the school proved to be a wonderful envirironment for their social and personal development.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted August 9, 2008

After a long and winding search that has involved public, private and out of state boarding schools, we were so happy to find Watershed for my son. He instantly felt welcomed and we have been very happy with the quality of the teachers and how safe and kind the school is. He is, for the first time in many years, looking forward to going back to school . The school is very small, so you do have fewer academic options that you find in a big high school - but that is more than made up for with the incredible welcoming community, where everyone knows everyone. They do wonderful extracurricular activities that don't fit into the mold - like a senior trip that the kids plan and fund-raise for the entire year. If you have any concerns about whether your kid will get lost in a big HS, check it out!
—Submitted by a parent


Posted January 29, 2008

Even with so many choices in the Twin Cities, my daughter easily chose Watershed. She has been challenged academically and artistically. Socially, she loves the mix of students who go to WHS. It's diverse and respectful.
—Submitted by a parent


Posted October 28, 2007

Two of my children attended Watershed. My son graduated from the school and very much loved his time there. The teachers were and are outstanding people who demonstrate real caring for my children. The school and those teachers really did instill a love of learning. The environment was nurturing in the best possible way. My kids did things I never thought they'd do. They took chances. They felt that it was a safe place to do that. They actually wanted to go to school in the morning. That said, the school is facing some serious challenges. The face of the student body is changing and as more and more students arrive with attitude and drug problems, it is harder for other students to maintain the same positive environment. Parental involvement is extremely important in this school and parents are welcomed and encouraged in every way.
—Submitted by a parent


Community ratings and reviews do not represent the views of GreatSchools nor does GreatSchools check their accuracy or verify the reviewers' identities. Use your discretion when evaluating these reviews.

About these ratings

The Community Rating is the school’s average rating from its community members (e.g., parents, students, and school staff). The highest possible rating is five stars; the lowest is one star.

The test results by subgroup show how the designated group of students is performing in comparison to the general population.
Writing

The state average for Writing was 88% in 2013.

12 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
75%

2012

 
 
77%

2011

 
 
58%

2010

 
 
70%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 80% in 2012.

11 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
76%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 66% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
25%

2011

 
 
17%

2010

 
 
27%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Writing

All Students75%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in Englishn/a
Not migrantn/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students8%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English8%
Not migrant8%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (MCA-II/GRAD) to test students in grade 9 in writing and 11 in math. The MCA-II/GRAD is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. Students must pass the MCA-II/GRAD in order to graduate from high school. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 77% in 2012.

11 students were tested at this school in 2012.

2012

 
 
46%

2011

 
 
76%

2010

 
 
71%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

The state average for Math was 52% in 2013.

13 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
8%

2012

 
 
13%

2011

 
 
8%

2010

 
 
18%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 54% in 2011.

2011

 
 
n/a

2010

 
 
n/a
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

The state average for Reading was 62% in 2013.

19 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
26%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

The state average for Science was 53% in 2013.

11 students were tested at this school in 2013.

2013

 
 
36%

2012

 
 
30%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Reading

All Students26%
Femalen/a
Male36%
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
White25%
Economically disadvantaged18%
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English25%
Not migrant25%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Science

All Students36%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English36%
Not migrant36%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-III (MCA-III) to test in math in grades 3 through 8 in reading in grades 3 through 8 and 10 and in science for grades 5 and 8, and once in high school. The MCA-III is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

Math

All Students8%
Femalen/a
Malen/a
Blackn/a
Asiann/a
Hispanicn/a
Native Americann/a
Whiten/a
Economically disadvantagedn/a
Not economically disadvantagedn/a
Students with disabilitiesn/a
Students without disabilitiesn/a
English language learnersn/a
Proficient in English8%
Not migrant8%
Scale: % meeting or exceeding standards

About the tests


In 2012-2013 Minnesota used the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment-II (MCA-II) to test students in math in grade 11. The MCA-II is a standards-based test, which means it measures specific skills defined for each grade by the state of Minnesota. The goal is for all students to score at or above the state standard.

The different student groups are identified by the Minnesota Department of Education. If there are fewer than 10 students in a particular group in a school, data is not reported for that group.

Source: Minnesota Department of Education

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Student ethnicity

Ethnicity This school State average
White 64% 73%
Black 16% 9%
Hispanic 11% 7%
American Indian/Alaska Native 5% 2%
Two or more races 3% 2%
Asian or Asian/Pacific Islander 1% 6%
Hawaiian Native/Pacific Islander 0% 0%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Student subgroups

  This school District averageState average
Students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch program 45%N/A37%
Female 44%N/A49%
Male 56%N/A51%
Source: NCES, 2011-2012

Teacher resources

Foreign languages spoken by school staff Spanish
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Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Performing and written arts
  • Drama

Language learning

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish
Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
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School basics

School start time
  • 9:00 a.m.
School end time
  • 3:30 p.m.
School Leader's name
  • Destiny Sparks
Fax number
  • (612) 871-1004

Programs

Foreign languages taught
  • Spanish

Resources

Foreign languages spoken by staff
  • Spanish
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Sports

Boys sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee
Girls sports
  • Basketball
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Arts & music

Visual arts
  • Painting
Performing arts
  • Drama
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School culture

Dress Code
  • Neither uniforms nor dress code
Parent involvement
  • Watershed welcomes parent and community involvement. parents serve on the school board, help out in the school, and promote the school in the larger community.
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  • Watershed is a safe, small school with skilled, caring faculty.
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4544 4th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55419
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Phone: (612) 871-4363

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