Dear Parents and Friends of Compass High School,

By now you have heard the news that our Executive Director, Rachel Wylde, will be leaving us effective at the end of this academic year in June 2018. While we certainly understand her decision, we will miss her greatly. We want to express our gratitude to Rachel for all she has accomplished for the school and to explain our plans going forward.

In 2013, when the school’s founders saw an education need that was not being fulfilled, they sought experts who could help them achieve their vision. Rachel’s track record of starting successful schools and her deep education experience were a natural match for realizing the founders’ vision. Rachel’s initial advisory role quickly expanded, and she stepped into the Executive Director position.

Compass has grown significantly under Rachel’s leadership. From the initial founding with eight students, the school is educating 35 students this year. Rachel has built a strong academic and extra-curricular program. Last year nine students graduated from CHS, another nine will graduate this year. CHS has done an excellent job not only educating these students but also preparing them for careers and education after high school. Rachel’s most important contribution is the team of dedicated, capable people she has hired. We now have the strongest group of senior leaders, teachers and administrative staff in the school’s history.

Compass has a bright future ahead of it. The school has the momentum and reputation to attract a new Head of School who can build on its success. We will be conducting a search for a replacement starting early in the new year. A Search Committee of current Board of Trustees members has been formed to direct this effort and they will soon appoint a search firm to assist them.

The Committee will also seek input from parents, faculty, staff and other constituencies to aid their search. The Committee will communicate to you periodically about the progress for finding our new Head of School.

On behalf of the entire Compass High School community and the Board of Trustees, we thank Rachel for her years of dedicated service. We wish her the very best in her future endeavors and are certain that you will join us in celebrating her accomplishments at Compass.

If you have any immediate questions, feel free to contact me or any other Board member.


Mark Harrington
Board of Trustees, Chair