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Headwaters School is an independent school in Austin, Texas serving students over 542 students from early childhood through grade 12. Beginning with a Montessori foundation and progressing to the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme, our purpose is to cultivate identity formation in our students, foster empathy, and embrace diversity to bring more peace to the world. Each day we guide our students to live authentically, think expansively, and create bravely. One of the qualities that defines our school and can be seen each day on our campuses is the fact that our students and our guides are in daily pursuit of peacemaking. Peacemakers learn to know themselves and their limits; they learn how to be in relationship with others and to resolve conflicts in those relationships; they learn how to behave within a community (a classroom, a campus) and how to make change within that community, and, ultimately, they learn and yearn to bring those skills and that drive to the world beyond the school-to solve problems that are complex and have an effect on many people. There has never been a more important time for our school to voice its values and to show the greater Austin community what peacemaking looks like.
February 06, 2017

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Headwaters is the new name for the school which operates three campuses in Austin, together spanning pre-k through 12. This review is for the "Springs" campus on Manchaca and Berkeley, which serves the preschool population. Our son started in another local, well-regarded school, but we pulled him out because it was such a "strict" Montessori program that forced our bright, happy, highly verbal little one to work in solitude for hours at a time. I am so glad we got a spot here. The guides are caring and knowledgeable, and strike a balance between kids working alone and working together. The Montessori approach we wanted is here, but in a "follow the child" sense, as opposed to a "dogmatically do exactly what you think Maria Montessori did a hundred years ago" sense. Since MM's fundamental idea was in fact "follow the child," for my money, this is more authentically Montessori than the other program which boasted more certifications. There's even more to love here. The program includes mental, physical, and social & emotional development, but without pushing kids past what's age appropriate. They're encouraged to challenge themselves but also to play and be kids. After 7 months, the positive effects on our kiddo are apparent. He's learning, he's being guided and cared for, and he loves it. During spring break, he asked daily when he gets to go back. As an added bonus, we've also enjoyed the parent community and the many opportunities to join the class for some holiday songs and a party here and there. We have one more year on this campus before moving on to the early elementary level. But all indications from parents and my own investigation is that it's as good over there as it is where we are. I think we're in it for the long haul.

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One of the qualities that defines our school and can be seen each day on our campuses is the fact that our students and our guides are in daily pursuit of peacemaking. Peacemakers learn to know themselves and their limits; they learn how to be in relationship with others and to resolve conflicts in those relationships; they learn how to behave within a community (a classroom, a campus) and how to make change within that community, and, ultimately, they learn and yearn to bring those skills and that drive to the world beyond the school-to solve problems that are complex and have an effect on many people. There has never been a more important time for our school to voice its values and to show the greater Austin community what peacemaking looks like.
Posted February 06, 2017


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SCHOOL LEADER
Headwaters School is an independent school in Austin, Texas serving students over 542 students from early childhood through grade 12. Beginning with a Montessori foundation and progressing to the International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme, our purpose is to cultivate identity formation in our students, foster empathy, and embrace diversity to bring more peace to the world. Each day we guide our students to live authentically, think expansively, and create bravely. One of the qualities that defines our school and can be seen each day on our campuses is the fact that our students and our guides are in daily pursuit of peacemaking. Peacemakers learn to know themselves and their limits; they learn how to be in relationship with others and to resolve conflicts in those relationships; they learn how to behave within a community (a classroom, a campus) and how to make change within that community, and, ultimately, they learn and yearn to bring those skills and that drive to the world beyond the school-to solve problems that are complex and have an effect on many people. There has never been a more important time for our school to voice its values and to show the greater Austin community what peacemaking looks like.
Posted February 06, 2017



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This is our fourth year sending our children to Khabele. I have such a deep love and respect for this school and its educators. I have seen it transform both of my children, they truly thrive here. They have been educated from a young age in not only math, reading, geography, art and music - but in peace education and conflict resolution. This school gives children the tools to express themselves and their needs in a way many adults have never learned. I have loved watching the children grow here. The guides at Khabele have a profound respect for children, and it shines in all they do. My children love going to school every day. Our entire family benefits from this learning community - it's a beautiful place.



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The academics so far in 9th grade have been disappointing. My son is often bored in class. They don't do labs in Biology and he has learned very little. The teachers seems to want them to love science but doesn't teach real science with labs, etc and assumed that none of them need to learn anatomy for some reason. The English class moves at a very slow pace as well. We aren't looking for tons of homework and a cutthroat competitive environment but it's kind of silly to spend all this time and money on this. I really don't get why more rigor would ruin kids love of learning that Khabele wants to foster so much. Having an honors option means missing out on lunch time, and that's tough on a teenager. My son thinks the low standards just make kids lazy, which kind of makes sense. The Spanish, math and Core programs are good. Small class sizes and nice students and teachers.




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The primary program appears to be in disarray, with 1/2 the staff and the Director leaving their posts at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. We found the school weak in standards, extremely weak in conflict resolution, and quite poor in communication between parents and teachers/admin. We've chosen to remove our children from this school.



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My daughter is in her second year at the Middle School at Khabele, and it's been a fantastic experience for our whole family. She's always been a good student, but she was bored and unhappy with the institutional, one-size-fits-all education in her large, public elementary. She is flourishing at Khabele and loves school for the first time ever. She calls it her second home. Teachers and students have warm, sincere relationships, and teachers are allowed room to be creative and to change things up based on their students' needs. Also, the feeling of community among students, teachers, staff, and parents is phenomenal. Students are appreciated for their uniqueness and are nurtured, both academically and emotionally. Khabele really does deliver the total package of academic strength combined with focus on the social and emotional needs of middle and high school students. I am thankful that we discovered The Khabele School.

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The Khabele School, founded in 2001, is an independent day school serving more than 500 students and their families from 18 months old through 12th grade across three campuses in Austin, Texas. Khabele is Austin s only Montessori and International Baccalaureate school. Across the entire school, we purposely nurture a culture and learning environment founded in authenticity, character development, conflict resolution, and mindfulness. Our vision is to cultivate learning communities in which each and every student, parent, and staff member falls in love with learning, realizes their profound beauty, and lives with courage and authenticity. Our mission is to provide an effective, transformational, and community-oriented educational experience for children ages 18 months through high school.
Posted November 11, 2014




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Khabele's staffs are great and friendly. They always listen to their students' opinion in class and attempt to improve the classes every year.



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real learning academy.it has its ups and downs not bad but not extremely good. I dont feel as though my child the best here but it is better than his district school.

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