Technology


Overview:

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 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.

Priority Admission
Deadline, Feb. 1

Current Parent

“Compass has turned out to be a good place for [my son] to feel emotionally safe and available to learn. I think the best thing about Compass is the number of talented teachers.”

Current Parent

“It is very difficult to find a program for a child, who needs some extra help and support, a child, who is learning at a pace different from regular peers. The first time I visited Compass High School I was not only impressed, I was shocked, in a good way!...

Current Parent

“There is a very high level of individualization, school truly “teaches each and every child”

Current Parent

“Different methods, tools, technology, are used to accommodate kids with different learning challenges and learning styles.”

Compass High Student

“The most impactful part of Compass are the small classes and really being able to connect with the teachers. I feel comfortable making a mistake because my teacher’s know it is a part of the learning process.”

Compass High Student

”Teachers will work with us instead of giving up on us.”

Technology

Our goal at Compass High School is to expose students to a variety of technologies-both instructional and assistive-so they can discover what works best for them. Here are some of the highlights of the technology program at Compass.

We provide:

  • 1:1 Laptop Program

    Personal laptops are provided to all incoming students to facilitate interactive learning and deepen students’ mastery and engagement with classroom material. These laptops are loaded with the latest assistive and instructional software for use in and out of the classroom. Students take their laptops home on weekends and holidays and allow us to approach a nearly paperless school environment.

  • Instructional Technology

    Every classroom is equipped with technology that allows teachers to use a multi-sensory approach. Interactive whiteboards, Wi-Fi access, a variety of cutting-edge software apps, and other instructional technologies are standard in every class.

    We use Language! and MindPlay to work on reading fluency and comprehension, Inspiration to brainstorm, and movies and podcasts to provide material in a multi-sensory way. Our students are given opportunities to expand their horizons through the use of Virtual Reality and have used such technology for virtual lab experiments and other simulations. At Compass, we aim to harness a multitude of established and innovative technologies to make learning exciting.

  • Assistive Technology

    Each student is encouraged and trained to identify an individual Assistive Technology Profile. Students use specialized software programs to develop reading fluency, and improve decoding and comprehension skills. Students are introduced to text-to- speech software and audio books to help them find the most comfortable way of reading text.

    To facilitate written language, students master keyboarding and basic word processing strategies. Students also use Inspiration to help them generate and organize ideas for writing. Other software programs help with spelling, word-finding, and editing. For students who prefer to dictate their writing, we assist them in mastering speech-to- text software.

  • Communication and Organization

    All students and parents have access to a variety of technological tools to support high level Executive Functioning and organizational skills. These tools provide simple ways to manage short-term daily schedules, as well as long-term assignments. We use Google Drive, the learning management system eBackpack and JupiterGrades to facilitate and manage communication and task assignment between teachers, students and parents. We also introduce students to a variety of computer note-taking and study aids.

  • Technology Electives

    Students who learn differently are often passionate and talented with computers. As Compass High School grows in size and our elective program expands, we will be adding computer elective courses. We currently offer a Graphic Design elective, and aim to provide Game Design and Robotics electives in the near future. We have recently partnered with Tech Shop, located in Redwood City, in order to offer our students an additional extracurricular opportunity to further develop their technology and maker skills.

Technology

Our goal at Compass High School is to expose students to a variety of technologies-both instructional and assistive-so they can discover what works best for them. Here are some of the highlights of the technology program at Compass.

We provide:

  • 1:1 Laptop Program

    Personal laptops are provided to all incoming students to facilitate interactive learning and deepen students’ mastery and engagement with classroom material. These laptops are loaded with the latest assistive and instructional software for use in and out of the classroom. Students take their laptops home on weekends and holidays and allow us to approach a nearly paperless school environment.

  • Instructional Technology

    Every classroom is equipped with technology that allows teachers to use a multi-sensory approach. Interactive whiteboards, Wi-Fi access, a variety of cutting-edge software apps, and other instructional technologies are standard in every class.

    We use Language! and MindPlay to work on reading fluency and comprehension, Inspiration to brainstorm, and movies and podcasts to provide material in a multi-sensory way. Our students are given opportunities to expand their horizons through the use of Virtual Reality and have used such technology for virtual lab experiments and other simulations. At Compass, we aim to harness a multitude of established and innovative technologies to make learning exciting.

  • Assistive Technology

    Each student is encouraged and trained to identify an individual Assistive Technology Profile. Students use specialized software programs to develop reading fluency, and improve decoding and comprehension skills. Students are introduced to text-to- speech software and audio books to help them find the most comfortable way of reading text.

    To facilitate written language, students master keyboarding and basic word processing strategies. Students also use Inspiration to help them generate and organize ideas for writing. Other software programs help with spelling, word-finding, and editing. For students who prefer to dictate their writing, we assist them in mastering speech-to- text software.

  • Communication and Organization

    All students and parents have access to a variety of technological tools to support high level Executive Functioning and organizational skills. These tools provide simple ways to manage short-term daily schedules, as well as long-term assignments. We use Google Drive, the learning management system eBackpack and JupiterGrades to facilitate and manage communication and task assignment between teachers, students and parents. We also introduce students to a variety of computer note-taking and study aids.

  • Technology Electives

    Students who learn differently are often passionate and talented with computers. As Compass High School grows in size and our elective program expands, we will be adding computer elective courses. We currently offer a Graphic Design elective, and aim to provide Game Design and Robotics electives in the near future. We have recently partnered with Tech Shop, located in Redwood City, in order to offer our students an additional extracurricular opportunity to further develop their technology and maker skills.

Priority Admission
Deadline, Feb. 1

Current Parent

“Compass has turned out to be a good place for [my son] to feel emotionally safe and available to learn. I think the best thing about Compass is the number of talented teachers.”

Current Parent

“It is very difficult to find a program for a child, who needs some extra help and support, a child, who is learning at a pace different from regular peers. The first time I visited Compass High School I was not only impressed, I was shocked, in a good way!...

Current Parent

“There is a very high level of individualization, school truly “teaches each and every child”

Current Parent

“Different methods, tools, technology, are used to accommodate kids with different learning challenges and learning styles.”

Compass High Student

“The most impactful part of Compass are the small classes and really being able to connect with the teachers. I feel comfortable making a mistake because my teacher’s know it is a part of the learning process.”

Compass High Student

”Teachers will work with us instead of giving up on us.”

Phone:  +1 (650) 720-4248
Fax: (888) 239-3542
Email: admissions@compasshigh.org