Compass offers a dynamic college preparatory program with an array of accommodations and modifications tailored to each student to ensure mastery of challenging content. We use many excellent research-based instructional programs for students with learning differences that incorporate multisensory instruction into their designs. We offer a team approach in which teachers, speech and language specialists, and occupational, and psycho-therapists collaborate on an integrated, individualized program.
Organizational strategies and school routines are consistently implemented to ensure that Academics students practice and master essential skills. Our homework policies and support build independence and self-advocacy skills. Student’s educational experiences are enriched through experiential, hands-on activities, including vibrant arts and athletic programs.
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Essential Skills Program (ESP)
These five intensive courses are offered as electives, and each Compass student must take at least two of the Essential Skills courses to graduate.
At Compass, we dedicate three weeks per year at the end of each quarter to engage in more intensive hands-on, community-based experiences. The overarching goals of our trips during these Intersession weeks are to push students to try new things, to get them out of their comfort zones, to provide team building experiences that will nurture closer
relationships and support between students and with their teachers, to work on life skills and independence, to do community service, and to learn in the outdoors and in in our local community.
Every day students hit the road to see the world they have opportunities to get creative, to get dirty, and to have thrilling adventures. Here are the highlights of previous Intersession Programs:
- A historically focused trip on local war memorials and artifacts
- A teambuilding ropes course looking out on the beautiful pacific ocean
- A whale watching trip in Monterey focused on local marine biology
- An environmental-science trip to explore the ecosystems of Costa Rica
Our homework philosophy is to provide a supportive, structured and manageable homework load. We ensure that students have recorded their assignments and due dates, and have made a plan for completing the work. We offer an online reference for homework. We assign roughly half the homework that is typical in high schools, about one to one-and- a-half hours per night.
We also provide a quiet place where students can work on homework with assistance. This is the Homework Center. The Homework Center is open from 3:30pm to 5:30pm every day. Cost is $12/hour, calculated on a quarterly basis. Please contact us for additional details.
Accommodations and Modifications
We promote self-advocacy and a growing awareness of what strategies and accommodations work best for each student. For students in need of additional support, accommodations
may include: extra time, space to work alone, alternative tests, readers, scribes, supportive notes, texts written at a lower reading level, many supports for time and assignments management, assistive technology, checks for understanding, as well as alternative assignments.
Modifications are changes to the content that significantly simplify instruction. Some students require alternative curriculum, problem sets, tests or courses that do not satisfy college entry requirements. With our robust accommodations, modifications are often not necessary. When we think a student requires a modified curriculum, we confer with the family to make the decision together.