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Partnership Team Meeting:  Wed., April 19, 5:30pm-7:30pm at Mesh Campus, 242 Linden Street, Fort Collins.

Next meeting of CCC Prototype/YSci Summer Program: Saturday, April 22, 1:30p-4p. Meet at Mesh (242 Linden Street)and be prepared for outdoor fun!

Next Board Meeting: Mesh Campus conference room, 6-8 pm, Wed. May 24, 2017

Parent Information Meeting: CSU Morgan Library Event Hall, 4:30p-5:30p, Tues., May 2, 2017

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We are charting a new course at Compass High School. Leaving behind the well worn paths of schools designed to study individual academic disciplines at levels determined by age group, we are creating a school that is student-centered and community-based. We are not just in the business of information and curriculum delivery, we are nurturing the development of intellectual intelligence, emotional intelligence, creativity, and curiosity in our students and their families.


Humans are born to learn and science tells us that adolescence is a critical time in brain development. This is why we believe that learning with purpose and learning in the context of meaningful work with a supportive learning community is so important. Adolescents are seeking their place in the world; at Compass High School, we are opening the world to them, and helping them find their strengths and passions to grow into the adults that they want to be.


Community-based learning is project-based learning in service to the community.  Students, staff, families, business and agency partners throughout the city collaborate to design learning projects that are driven by student interests.  We work together in multi-age teams, on interdisciplinary projects to learn academic, social emotional, and 21st-Century Skills.


Compass High School is a new charter school opening in 2018 for students ages 12-18.  Our grades 6-12+ model honors adolescents as creative, energetic, and capable young people who have a great deal to give.  We don’t separate younger teens from older teens because we believe that they learn best from each other, and they shouldn’t be held back or forced ahead academically just because of their age. The “plus” on the grade 12 symbolizes our on-going support of our graduates. Compass High not only prepares students for life after high school, we provide mentoring, college, and career support until our young adults are engaged in meaningful work and/or confidently managing their college or university experience.

What do you think of when you think of a school building?

Classrooms, cafeterias, and hallways lined with lockers?

Just like Compass High will not “act” like any school in Fort Collins, it won’t look like any school in town either. Open, flexible spaces, and a kitchen for cooking healthy food will support our students, staff, and community partners.

We are grateful to Davis & Davis Architects for creating these drawings so that you can see what we can see in our near future!

In the past, education was mainly about teaching people something. Now it is about making sure individuals develop a reliable compass, and the navigation skills to find their own way in an increasingly uncertain, volatile and ambiguous world.

Andreas SchleicherDirector for the Directorate of Education and Skills, and Special Advisor on Education Policy to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) in Paris
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Compass at the Farmers Market

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Compass HS was present at this weekend’s Winter Farmer’s Market in the Opera Galleria space in Downtown Fort Collins.  Talking to families, sharing our vision and doing a bit of…


Evaluating Projects (and our own work)

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One of the most refreshing aspects of working on building Compass HS from the ground up is the need for constructive criticism and thoughtful reflection.  All teaching and schools need…

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