Intersession Program

Intersession Program

Intersession #1 2015-16

Intersession #2 2015-16

A highlight of Compass High School’s year is our annual Intersession Program that takes place the first two weeks in January. Intersession serves as a break between our two semesters and is designed to provide a respite after the stress of finals, give students a break from daily homework, and focus our programming on valuable lessons that don’t fit in easily to the college preparatory curriculum. Although intersession programming varies from year to year the overarching goals are to push students to try new things, to get them out of their comfort zones, to provide teambuilding 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 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 cooking elective
  • Planning and building a school garden
  • Woodworking
  • Low and high ropes course looking out on the beautiful pacific ocean
  • A maker elective using cutting edge technologies, such as 3D printers.
  • A graffiti art elective
  • A whale watching trip in Monterey where we saw six gray whales and thousands of dolphins
  • An overnight at Hidden Villa organic farm. Students got to hold, milk and feed farm animals, enjoy team-building games, take a night hike, learn about local sustainable farming, cook muffins and pies using ingredients gathered and picked themselves, and enjoy each other’s company over meals, puzzles, music, and games.