Address: 2105 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 89525
History and Culture
The Mission of Compass Community Collaborative School is to help students discover learning with purpose, to author the best possible story of their lives and of the collective future. Compass is an innovative, learner-centered school for students ages 12-18 years that is designed to prepare them for this rapidly changing world. The speed at which the economy, environment, and society are changing is unprecedented in human history, and Compass addresses this changing landscape by embracing competency-based advancement and an intentional focus on habits of success and 21st Century competencies, in addition to the national and state academic standards. The high-quality, project-based learning practiced at Compass is steeped in design thinking and community engagement making it relevant and responsive to student interests.
Academics and Activities
Compass is an equity project, seeking to offer students from all backgrounds the opportunity to employ entrepreneurial mindsets and use community-engaged project-based learning (venture projects) to inspire deep learning of academic, social-emotional, and 21st Century essential skills. Our flexible school day schedule promotes community collaboration inside and outside of our school building. We are embedding secondary education into real-world problem solving and meaningful work. Our innovative and research-based school model was designed by a diverse team of educators, students, parents, artists, and community leaders in an entrepreneurial business incubator, and as such, we have many local partnerships that expand our opportunties for student learning. Additionally, we have several national partners that add depth and breadth to our curriculum. As a Big Picture Learning affiliate we get support in our internship and Advisory programming. Summit Learning Systems provides an open-source curriculum and professional development opportunities. Our partnership with No Barriers Youth is providing us a rich social emotional learning curriculum, venture project support, as well as opportunities for students from all socioeconomic backgrounds to travel nationally and abroad for service learning ventures.