Our unwavering commitment to student success
When we offer enrolment to a student, we do so with a deep understanding of that student’s unique profile and educational needs. We make a commitment to student success, by individualizing the educational experience so that each student can reach his or her academic potential and personal goals. This rarely comes easily for teenagers with learning differences, so we promise to leave no stone unturned in crafting and personalizing a program that will result in exceptional progress. Our aim is to build each student’s competency and – most important – a sense of self-worth.
Complex, motivated and invested in their education, Compass High School students are ready to tackle their learning disabilities and partner with their teachers and families to make the most of their high school years. With average cognitive ability and stable behavior, they are able to discover their strengths and passions as well as advance academically. Varied teaching approaches are matched with our students’ varied learning styles.
Our teachers approach their jobs by teaching the students, not the books or content. They go to great lengths to ensure that classroom instruction is relevant and engaging, addresses underlying academic skills, and provides opportunities for students to be creative and direct their own learning. We attract and retain talented and experienced teachers, and provide them with opportunities for professional development so that they can keep up on state-of-the-art education practices. All of our teachers have both special education training and content area expertise, and we pair them with faculty members with licenses and certification in speech and language therapy, educational therapy and counseling to create a strong interdisciplinary team approach. Most of our faculty have master’s degrees: all are skilled at diagnostic teaching and intensive remediation.
We offer a challenging college preparatory program and intensive remediation through our Essential Skills Program as well as exciting electives. Our curriculum is multisensory, experiential, and rigorous. Small class size and low teacher/student ratio ensure that students get plenty of individual attention and are known well by their teachers.
As proof of our commitment to student success, every Compass High School student has an Individual Student Profile that guides our course. We use evaluation and testing data, learning styles, interests, and information about technology use to construct the best combination of instructional interventions and clinical services. We provide speech and language services, educational therapy, and counselling through specialized groups offered through our Essential Skills Program. Clinical services are also offered in Compass classrooms through a “push-in” model and through training and consultation to our teachers from our specialists. This robust, collaborative approach between educators and specialists is included in our basic tuition. Students who require individual psychotherapy, speech and language therapy, educational therapy, or occupational therapy can arrange to see our clinicians one-on-one or receive referrals for outside services.