News and Events

Third Annual Compass Day

At 10:30 AM on Thursday, October 23rd, Compass School will be proud to host its third annual Compass Day. Students, alumni, parents, friends, and community members are all invited to take part in the...

Special Educator Kellie Crowder Joins Faculty

Director Rick Gordon has announced the appointment of Kellie Crowder as Compass School’s new Director of Special Education. An experienced and energetic educator, Kellie has previously served as a special...

Summer Reading Project Underway

Thanks to Humanities teacher Julia Taylor, the Compass curriculum doesn’t end in June. Pleasure and intellectual growth are the goals of Julia’s Summer Reading Project. Students earn academic...

Admission Office Open Through Summer

The Admission Office is open for business. Families wishing to inquire about enrollment for their 7-12th grade sons or daughters should contact Director of Admission Rick Cowan by phone at 802-376-6218 or...
Rick's Reflections Director and co-founder Rick Gordon’s thoughts on education, community and the future of Compass School

Director’s Blog

Equality of Opportunity vs.Equality of Experience

The driving ideal of public education is equal access to educational opportunity. Thanks to public funding of education, every child in the U.S. has access to free schooling. Unfortunately, equal access does not equate to equal results. In many ways, treating every child the same when they come from very different backgrounds can easily replicate in schools the inequalities that children experience in the larger world.

This is particularly evident at the high school level, where the model of the comprehensive high school predominates in the U.S. The comprehensive high school (derisively labeled “The Shopping Mall High School”) aims to provide a breadth… read more

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