News and Events

School Closed December 1st

Compass School will be closed for the first Monday after Thanksgiving break, December 1st, for a teacher in-service day. Students should stay home, relax, read, eat turkey sandwiches and enjoy another day of...

Fiesta Night

The famed Compass School “¡Fiesta Dominicana!” will return on Saturday, December 13th for a spectacular night of dance, food, and fun! Eleventh grade adviser and veteran Compass teacher Eric...

Open House at Compass School

On Wednesday, November 12th at 6:00 PM, Compass will host the first in a series of open houses for prospective students and families. The event will last until eight o’clock and give prospective students...

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...
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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