Applying To Compass High School

Applying to Compass High School

When it comes to admissions, we believe that the numbers don’t tell the full story. We look at the whole individual. To ensure that Compass High School is able to meet every student’s needs, we also give careful consideration to each applicant throughout the admissions process.

We accept applications throughout the year for possible mid-year openings. However, the usual procedure is to submit an application in the fall for the following school year. It is to your advantage to apply early to allow time for application review, visit scheduling, and completion of the process. Applicants who submit their applications by February 1 will be notified by letter in March of our admissions decisions. For mid-year applicants and all other applicants who apply outside the priority admissions window, the entire application process takes approximately two weeks.

Important deadlines:

  • Application deadline for priority admission: February 1
  • Financial aid application deadline for new families: February 1
  • Notification of admissions decisions: March
  • Rolling admission after March if space is available

Steps in the application process:

  • Step One: Parent attends a tour or an Information Session. Contact us to book a tour.
  • Step Two: Submit a completed Compass application packet (see below).
  • Step Three: Compass admissions committee reviews the packet
  • Step Four: Applicants who meet our eligibility criteria are invited for a one or two-day shadow visit. A “buddy” is assigned to guide each prospective student through a typical day at Compass High School.
  • Step Five: In most cases, a member of our admissions committee observes the applicants at their current schools to see them in their “natural” surroundings.
  • Step Six: The family is informed of our admissions committee’s decision.

Checklist for a complete application packet to Compass High School:

  • Compass application form
  • Nonrefundable $100 application fee
  • A photo of the applicant
  • Copies of the most recent test reports from professionals, including a psycho-educational or neuropsychological report completed within the last three years. Compass does not administer these evaluations. We will provide a list of evaluators, if requested. This battery of tests must include a cognitive test, such as the WISC IV or a comparable measure (e.g. the WAIS, the KABC, the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities, etc.) and should include a series of educational achievement tests. There is no “standard list” of educational tests to be administered but testing often includes, among others, the Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Achievement, the Wechsler Individual Achievement Test (WIAT), the Comprehensive Test of Phonological Processing (CTOPP), the Oral Written Language Scales (OWLS), the Test of Written Language (TOWL), the Beery Test of Visual-Motor Integrations (VMI), and the Gray Oral Reading Test (GORT). Please consult with your educational psychologist to determine which battery of tests he/she believes is most appropriate for the child.
  • Recent Individualized Educational (IEP) or 504 Plan, evaluations and reports of occupational therapy, physical therapy and/or speech and language evaluations completed within the last three years.
  • Teacher report forms, transcripts and report cards.
  • Signed release of information form.