Today Compass Charter Schools joins the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools to kick off National Charter Schools Week (NSCW), recognizing more than 200,000 teachers, 3.3 million students, and 7,500 public charter schools across the nation. We honor and celebrate our 135 teachers and 3,130 scholars. This year’s celebration marks the 30th anniversary of the first charter school law, which changed the future of public education and scholar success forever. We celebrate the birth of Compass Charter Schools in 2012 as we honor the charter schools movement, history, and future; this year’s theme is National Charter Schools Week 2021: 30 Years Strong. All week long, our blogs will highlight our longest-serving Compass staff, teachers, scholars, and families and how far we have come in the world of charter education.
The History of Compass Charter Schools:
In 2012, Compass Charter Schools (CCS) began with a small team of devoted educators in southern California looking for a family-centered alternative to the traditional brick and mortar school. From that, our innovative online program was born. While Compass has evolved over the years, the desire to provide excellent educational options has remained strong in our online and options programs.
Compass, a WASC and NCAA accredited charter school, provides exceptional programs in Special Education, Assessments, AVID, Counseling, English Learning Support, Scholar Engagement, Scholar Success & Support, and more.
Over the past nine years, we have educated the highly gifted, the bullied, the academically challenged, the chronically ill, the athlete, the actor, and many other scholars who sought a personalized educational experience outside traditional classroom walls. We nurture those who have been wounded in some way by the traditional school setting, those not able to find flexible academic programs to fit their needs, and those in need of guidance as they tread on unfamiliar ground as at-home learners. Compass truly cares about our scholars and is dedicated not only to their academic success but to their social and emotional development.
Whatever the reason behind our scholars’ enrollment in Compass, we provide an environment where our scholars can feel safe and inspired to develop into confident, innovative, creative, self-directed scholars. Today we work diligently to grow our learning community with families, scholars, and staff who stay true to our core values of achievement, communication, integrity, respect, and teamwork. We believe in running a school built on integrity and ethical decision-making.
Our scholars find success here at Compass because of the support of dedicated staff and their loving families. It is a privilege that we get to help our scholars charter their educational futures each and every day. We are loud and proud about making a difference in the lives of our scholars!
About National Charter Schools Week:
This year is an exciting one as it is the 30th anniversary of the first charter school law, which changed the future of public education and scholar success forever. In recognition of our movement’s history and future, this year’s theme is National Charter Schools Week 2021: 30 Years Strong.
Student-centered, tuition-free, and always public, charter schools have changed the American public education landscape for the better. NCSW is a time for everyone to highlight and celebrate the schools, scholars, education leaders, and advocates that have demonstrated the strength and promise of the charter school movement over the last 30 years.
How you can participate:
Make sure to use #CompassLove, @CompassCs, #CharterSchoolsWeek, & #CharterLove in all your social media posts!
Celebrate each day with the NCSW’s inspiring themes:
Check out the NCSW 2021 toolkit on their website for all events and ways to celebrate this week.
About Charter Schools:
All charter schools are tuition-free public schools—open to all students, regardless of their zip code. The charter school model empowers teachers to provide innovative, high-quality instruction and gives them the autonomy to design a classroom that fits their students’ needs. Charter schools are led by dynamic principals who have the flexibility to create a school culture that fosters student performance and parent satisfaction. Charter schools are held accountable to the performance standards they agree to in their charter and by their communities.