Who We Serve


Program Overview

Executive Director: Rachel Wylde

Compass High School is dedicated to working with children with learning differences; providing an intensive yet mainstream academic program that challenges talented teens while addressing differences in a supportive, structured, and creative environment.


Who is the Program For?

Our program is designed for students:

  • that have mild to moderate learning differences
  • with language-based reading difficulties that effect decoding, fluency, and comprehension
  • with at least average cognitive abilities
  • with executive function difficulties that may impact reading comprehension, written expression, organization or problem-solving ability
  • with mild emotional and attentional difficulties and social skills deficits that do not disrupt classroom learning
  • who are considering continuing their educations at a two-year or four-year college

Our program is NOT for students who:

  • have a diagnosis of moderate to severe Autism
  • are developmentally delayed
  • have emotional and behavioral problems that are moderate to severe
  • have substance abuse problems


A highly specialized curriculum taught by skilled and trained teachers. Compass offers a college preparatory program based on the California content standards, in which an array of accommodations and modifications are tailored to each student to ensure mastery of challenging content. We employ multi-sensory, explicit teaching methods. Our Essential Skills Program (ESP) is a distinctive program that provides research-based, targeted support for the development of skills in reading (decoding, fluency, and comprehension), composition, math, social competence, learning strategies and life/vocational preparedness.


Program Highlights:

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.


Accreditation and Certification:

Compass is fully accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC). We will also articulate our courses with the University of California and the California State University systems.


Nondiscrimination Policy:

Compass High School does not discriminate against any trustee, employee, applicant, or student on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, age, or disability.