Compass Academy is an alternative elementary/middle/high school for student with underlying mental health or emotional struggles. The goal is to provide educational supports to enable the student to return to a more traditional school environment. We utilize a positive behavior model that focuses on students making correct choices. Compass Academy is a comprehensive learning environment with intensive mental health supports. Classroom sizes are small. Students at Compass Academy learn the skills necessary to thrive in the public school environment. The program description is as follows:
- Promote positive socialization
- Develop pro-social coping skills
- Facilitate behavior management
- Foster growth and success in academic skills
Compass Academy utilizes a systematic approach that incorporates a point and level system. Each period, students earn points. At the end of the day, these points are totaled to give the student their level for the next day. Depending on the level of the student, students earn various privileges. Please see the point system and level system for more information.
Compass Academy serves students from Marin County in grades K-12. Students are referred to Compass Academy through their home school districts.
Students complete their core academic subjects through both teacher-instructed and self-paced curriculum. Individualized computer-aided instruction allows students to research, learn, and enhance their academic ability. Compass Academy staff provides individual, group, and behavioral counseling. Students also participate in therapeutic social skills/life skills curriculum.
Compass Academy students will receive academic and other services based on need. Compass Academy offers a comprehensive educational program in addition to therapeutic services that includes individual counseling, group counseling, and family counseling. In addition, speech language and occupational therapy may be provided. This is dependent on the IEP services.