Athletics and Extracurriculars


Overview

At Compass, we recognize that a student’s High School experience encompasses more than just the facts they learn and the words they read. Our students are offered varied and exciting opportunities to learn from each other while outside the four walls of their classroom. Student Life activities include athletic, club, experiential and social activities meant to bond our students through unique shared experiences, and are an integral part of the Compass program.

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.”

Athletics and Extracurriculars

Our philosophy at Compass High School is that, like so many other opportunities in a small school, athletics should be a rewarding experience that is encouraged for all of our students. Our goal is to offer athletic opportunities that are competitive but also inclusive. To that end, we have participated over the past three years in the Bay Area Small School Athletic League (BASSAL) which offers our students the ability to engage in athletic activities and games with local school peers. Recent sports have included Basketball, European Handball, Table Tennis, Dodgeball and Cross Country Running.

One benefit of the small school environment can be seen in the significant impact one student can have. Students who have a topic they are passionate about are highly encouraged to consider founding or promoting a club related to their interest here on campus. Additionally, Compass has partnered with other local schools to expand our club offerings and will be rolling out additional club opportunities in the 2017-2018 school year. Clubs are led by faculty advisors and usually meet once a week. Current club offerings include Student Government, Dance Club, International Club, Maker Club, and Literary Magazine/Creative Writing Club.

Experiential Learning

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.

Nearly every day during Intersession, 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 ecosystem of Costa Rica

Athletics and Extracurriculars

Our philosophy at Compass High School is that, like so many other opportunities in a small school, athletics should be a rewarding experience that is encouraged for all of our students. Our goal is to offer athletic opportunities that are competitive but also inclusive. To that end, we have participated over the past three years in the Bay Area Small School Athletic League (BASSAL) which offers our students the ability to engage in athletic activities and games with local school peers. Recent sports have included Basketball, European Handball, Table Tennis, Dodgeball and Cross Country Running.

One benefit of the small school environment can be seen in the significant impact one student can have. Students who have a topic they are passionate about are highly encouraged to consider founding or promoting a club related to their interest here on campus. Additionally, Compass has partnered with other local schools to expand our club offerings and will be rolling out additional club opportunities in the 2017-2018 school year. Clubs are led by faculty advisors and usually meet once a week. Current club offerings include Student Government, Dance Club, International Club, Maker Club, and Literary Magazine/Creative Writing Club.

Experiential Learning

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.

Nearly every day during Intersession, 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 ecosystem of Costa Rica

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.”

Compass is a proud member school of the National Association of Independent Schools