The teachers become an extension of families and help kids when they need it and celebrate when they do well. They do a great job communicating with families-whether it's to help get a student on track or to tell you when they did something awesome.
Their days are very full academically, so that homework isn't always something the kids have to worry about and can pursue other things. They do a lot of projects, paper's and things that are designed in a way that they are prepared for the expectations of college.
My son started at Compass as a 7th grader and is now a Junior. Compass has done so much for him socially & academically. I remember him telling me that they teach you how you learn. He is now looking at an endless number of college options. They balance education with life skills and teach kids to be good citizens.
I cannot say enough about The Compass School and Staff. My son has grown and flourished because of the caring and supportive nature that is found at this organization. I would recommend this school to anyone who is searching for an education that promotes a love of learning and individuality. The classes are small in size with the teachers offering encouragement and individual attention not always found at larger schools. Students who need additional help are guided through the learning process while given tools to become individual scholars. To me Compass is not just a space for learning but is also a family. One my own family is very proud to be a part of.
Do you want your child to love school again? We enrolled one of our children at Compass School, and it has gone so well for her that we enrolled our second child, as well. Both our kids now love going to school everyday. Expect hands on learning, supportive community, small class sizes and dedicated staff. Compass School students are encouraged to think critically, ask questions, participate in school events, and talk to teachers outside of class if they need help. Compass takes learning out of the box, writing and performing skits, enacting history, 11th grade cultural trip, fiesta night, skiing winter excursions are some of our favorites. Each student is appreciated for the unique qualities they bring. Good financial aid, too!
<p>Not quite accurate not exactly a private school. Compass is the local middle school for Westminster area kids and functions as a publicly-funded middle and high school for kids (like mine) from choice towns such as Dover, Marlboro, and Wardsboro. Tuition at Compass is set to equal one VT equalized pupil, so we pay nothing beyond our regular VT school tax to send our son there. <p>Compass is unique. Everyone I've met who goes there calls it "school that doesn't suck". Teachers are really dedicated and actually get the chance to know each student in ways that are impossible at other schools. What you usually think of as report cards makes up only 1/5 of Compass evaluations by teachers, and then there's peer evaluations. Lots of creative people. Formerly home-schooled kids often choose this as the next experience. Very strong on humanities: writing, theater, arts. I don't see many future engineers choosing this place, but the ones I've met were given the tools to could create an independent curriculum and study at community college for senior year. <p>Compass teaches people to believe in what they've got and find out how to go beyond .