Ths year Compass High school had it’s offcial grand opening in its new site in San Mateo, California. Compass High School is designed for children who have a wide range of learning differences. As with many schools designed for students with learning differences, this is a place where children can go to school without the fear of being marginalized by other students or teachers who do not understand how difficult can be for them.
In their own words: Compass High School provides a multifaceted educational program for students with learning differences. Our supportive, individualized approach not only includes a college preparatory program, but also offers students and their families integrated services and support. We help students develop their full academic potential, critical learning strategies, social competence and self-advocacy so Compass High School graduates will have the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed.
Compass High School offers all students three individualized areas of study to select from:
College Preparatory Academic Curriculum
For students interested in continuing their education at two- or four-year colleges or universities upon graduation, Compass offers coursework known as “a-g requirements”. Based on the Common Core Standards and approved by the University of California, the College Preparatory Curriculum provides students with a rigorous course of study in a supportive environment. Our small class size and multisensory instruction enable students to master advanced content, and achieve success with our flexible approach to grading, testing, and homework.
Essential Skills Program (ESP)
Social skills and life skills are important to achieving success. At Compass, organizational, social, life, and study skills are taught through classroom activities as well as specific course offerings. In addition, students have an opportunity to enroll in intensive courses in reading (decoding, fluency, and comprehension), writing/composition, and basic math. Our educational program prepares students for college and the world of work.
Elective courses at Compass offer engaging, structured, and challenging opportunities for students to become skilled while pursuing various interests. Clustered in three areas (the arts, physical education/health, and technology), our elective courses do not require any background knowledge or previous experience. Students’ preferences are regularly surveyed to determine elective offerings.
Compass High’s Mission
Our mission at Compass High School is to provide a supportive, individualized education for talented students with learning differences. We teach learning strategies, social competence, and self-advocacy to give students the knowledge and confidence they need to succeed.
We fulfill our mission by:
Providing college preparatory courses that students with learning differences can master through a variety of accommodations.
Offering courses that use multi-sensory, explicit teaching approaches to strengthen reading, writing, math, organizational and life skills.
Emphasizing the development of executive function skills, strategies for learning, problem solving, time management, organization, study skills and self-advocacy.
Providing a vocational program that includes on-the-job internships.
Including electives such as physical fitness, health, technology and the arts.
Ensuring that students receive personalized college counseling.
Offering community service and leadership activities.
Interested Families may wish to go to the following information sessions
October 28, 2014 7:00 P.M.
December 3, 2014 9:00 A.M.
January 26, 2015 9:00 A.M.
2040 Pioneer Court
San Mateo, CA 94403