Support Services

What do Special Education Services and Support look like at Compass?

At Compass, student success is our goal. The small size of the school, flexible programming, and a supportive learning community promote individual attention to Compass students. By providing engaging learning experiences, opportunities to build on student interests, and specific attention to individual needs,  Compass School aims to help each student develop the knowledge, skills, and attitudes to succeed in school and beyond.

Support Service Tutorials at Compass serves three basic purposes: to remediate undeveloped skills, to maintain learned skills and to teach new skills. In order to receive academic support services at Compass School, students must submit diagnostic evaluations and other materials that describe their specific learning disability. These required diagnostic evaluations may include the Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale (WAIS III or IV), accompanied by a narrative report and sub-test scores, and may require achievement testing (e.g., Woodcock Johnson) indicating current levels in reading, written language, and math. As well, a 504 Plan, an Individual Education Plan (IEP) or its equivalent, may be required.

Types of Services Provided:

Compass School offers both small group and individualized programs to assist students who need extra help in reading, mathematics, written language/expression, test taking and other skills. Working with qualified tutors who recognize and help students understand their individual learning styles, students receiving these services master strategies that enable them to do well and take advantage of all that Compass School offers.

Based on the student’s needs, the student will either receive small group tutorial instruction or a 1:1 tutorial specifically attuned to diagnosed needs in the areas of reading, spelling, writing, comprehension and study skills acquisition. The cost of these services is the responsibility of the parent or guardian. 

Compass School Support Services Levels

Compass School is licensed to provide support services, as well as specialized instruction, to students with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD), other health impairment (OHI), and high functioning ASD, as defined by the State of Vermont Department of Education.  Compass School is not licensed to serve students outside of this category.

As defined by the Vermont State Department of Education, a specific learning disability is a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, in which the disorder may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, or do mathematical calculations.  A specific learning disability must have an adverse effect on achievement in one or more of the following basic skill areas:

  • Oral expression
  • Listening comprehension
  • Written expression
  • Basic reading
  • Reading fluency
  • Reading comprehension
  • Mathematics calculation
  • Mathematics reasoning

If a student under one of our approved categories is accepted, he or she will require additional support to meet academic expectations. The cost of these services is the responsibility of the parent or guardian. If the student is publicly funded, the sending district is obligated to pay the cost of services related to a student’s IEP.

Compass School Academic Support Services typically offers four tiers or levels of academic support instruction with a monetary scaled fee assessed to match the level of academic need as required by the student receiving instruction. Fees are based on sessions arranged over a complete school year calendar. Tutoring fees for students designated 504, IEP or other specific learning plan (SLP) requiring academic support services are based on individual need.

Level I.

Small group tutorial for one (1) 90 minute period a week

Services include:

  • Small group instruction and or support in academics, organization and or study skills
  • Periodic in-class support with support staff
  • Semester tutorial reports
  • Case management of student’s file
  • Consultation services – parents/teachers/other qualified professionals involved with student as needed per semester

Level II.

Specialized Instruction/Individual tutorial (1:1) for one (1) 90 minute period a week (instruction determined by student support needs)

Services include

  • Individual instruction and or support in academics, organization and or study skills
  • Specific remediation to address skills: reading, writing, mathematics (as determined by student support need
  • Periodic in-class support with support staff
  • Semester tutorial reports
  • Case management of student’s file
  • Consultation services – parents/teachers/other qualified professionals involved with student as needed per semester.

Level III.

Small group tutorial for 240 minutes a week (tutorial in place of foreign language – for those with FL waivers)

Services include:

  • Small group instruction and or support in academics, organization and or study skills
  • Periodic in-class support with support staff
  • Semester tutorial reports
  • Case management of student’s file
  • Consultation services – parents/teachers/other qualified professionals involved with student as needed per semester.

Level IV.

Small group tutorial  for 240 minutes a week (tutorial in place of foreign language – for those with FL waivers) plus in class assistance as needed (1:1) during targeted academic blocks

Services to include:

  • Small group instruction and or support in academics, organization and or study skills
  • Additional direct instructional/organization assistance as needed (1:1) during targeted academic blocks
  • Periodic in-class support with support staff
  • Semester tutorial reports
  • Case management of student’s file
  • Consultation services – parents/teachers/other qualified professionals involved with student as needed per semester.