Is Compass Charter Schools (CCS) a private school?
No. CCS is a public charter school. We are a tuition-free school so there are no fees required for scholars to attend, and there are no entrance exams or other requirements often associated with private schools. The quality and personalized care our staff provides does remind people of private schools. Imagine, CCS provides the benefits of a private school without the tuition costs.
Can my child enroll part time or for summer school?
As a public, tuition-free charter school, scholars may only be enrolled as full-time scholars with us. Compass Charter Schools (CCS) currently do not offer summer school; however, we will be launching a summer school program for the summer of 2018. So do check back with us about summer school.
How long does the enrollment and registration process take?
Not long! There are a few steps in the process, depending on the program you select and grade level. Our staff is committed to working with you to support you throughout the process. Our friendly Enrollment Advisors are here to help you throughout both the enrollment and registration process. If you need someone to walk you through the process, give an Enrollment Advisor a call ((877) 506-8631 or use the chat feature on the bottom right of our website. Our team is happy to help.
When can my child begin their courses?
You may enroll with CCS at any time. The first day of school is September 5, 2017 and as soon as you complete the enrollment process and then class registration process, your scholar(s) can begin their classes.
Do you provide computers to your scholars?
If you are in our Online Program and are in need of a laptop, we have a Computer Loan Program to support you. Request the form when you speak to our Enrollment team. Our IT Department will be in touch with you during the registration process to get you set up!
Can you access my scholar’s past school records for me?
Yes! However, please note there could be a delay in receiving those records due to the possible volume of requests by your previous school. If you have access to those records, we encourage you to send them to us during the enrollment and registration process to avoid those delays.
Are immunization records required?
Under the new SB277 Immunization Bill, our school is deemed an independent study program without classroom instruction and, therefore, you are NOT subject to immunization requirements to enroll. Because the state requires us to have immunization records on file, we do ask that a copy of any immunization records you have for your scholar be submitted. However, you will still be able to enroll without them.
Can I submit picture copies of documents?
Unfortunately, we are unable to accept photo submissions (jpg format, for example). We are, however, able to accept PDF formatted files. If you have a smartphone, you may use one of several apps that allow you to take a photo with your phone and convert them to a PDF document (i.e. TinyScan, JotNot, CamScanner).
Is Compass Charter Schools WASC accredited?
Yes! We are proud to be a WASC accredited school.
What will my child study?
- Our Online scholars in grades K-5 will study English, math, social studies, science, and physical education using either our Lanes Curriculum or K12.
- Online scholars in grade 6-8 will study English, math, social studies, science, and physical education, along with the choice of one (1) elective course per semester using the award-winning Strongmind curriculum.
- Online scholars in grades 9-12 will follow our high school course requirements for graduation. The counselors and teachers will work with the Learning Coach and scholar to make high school course choices. Our scholars use the the award-winning Strongmind curriculum.
- Our Homeschool scholars and their Compass Educational Facilitator will select from a variety of curriculum options to determine the best fit for their situation.
What is a Learning Coach? What are the responsibilities?
Families will designate a Learning Coach (LC) to guide their scholars through their coursework. Online scholars in K-5 and TK-12 Homeschool scholars, will need a dedicated LC (about 20-30 hours a week) to help them every step of the way, checking lesson plans, organizing schedules, collecting samples and maintaining contact with teachers. Online scholars in grades 6-8 are slightly more independent, and LC’s can expect to dedicate about 5-10 hours to checking in with their scholar to be sure they’re progressing as necessary. Online scholars in grades 9-12 are mostly independent. LC’s can expect to dedicate about 5-10 hours a week monitoring their scholar’s progress.
Do you offer extra-curricular activities, clubs or field trips?
Yes! CCS believes in providing plenty of enrichment activities and trips to support scholar educational progress. Please check out our Calendar of Events, which lists all of our upcoming events. We also currently offer a variety of scholar clubs, which are all conducted virtually!
Does my scholar have to participate in state testing?
Yes, all scholars are required to participate in state testing. It is a requirement for all public schools. Tests are held at a location near you. Dates and times will vary and is usually announced in the spring. We realize that testing takes up valuable learning time and therefore we attempt to plan ways to minimize the disruption it can cause.
In an independent study program like this, how would the school know if a scholar is successful?
Our teachers maintain regular communications with scholars and/or families to maintain open dialogue so that if a scholar is in need of help, it can be addressed in a timely manner. In addition, scholars are monitored regularly throughout the school year to be sure that they are making progress in their courses. We firmly believe in our partnership between scholar, LC and staff and will work together to support the scholar.
How is attendance taken in this type of program?
Attendance in an independent study program is done through time value of the demonstrated work products and not by time in a classroom as in brick and mortar school. This is why logs, required samples, and meetings are an important part of scholar attendance.
Are there a lot of students who are not able to succeed in this environment?
Honestly, there are a few. Some think that success in our program has much to do with age and maturity but really, it is less about age than about dedication and discipline. Being an independent study scholar is not difficult, but it does require a scholar to be responsible and dedicated to learning. We have found that the majority of the scholars who join us are able to do very well in this environment. The main reasons that scholars struggle in an independent study program like ours is:
1) they do not study or read the material as they should, nor do they prepare for the work required, or
2) they do not have a desire to further their education, so they are not committed to pushing themselves, or
3) they cannot work independently or they do not have support at home to hold them accountable.
What happens if a scholar is not successful in this type of program?
According to Ed Code law, we are obligated to set standards for success and academic growth which scholars need to meet in order to continue with us. Our dedicated teachers and facilitators will work with scholars and LCs to give the guidance, encouragement, and support needed so scholars may continue successfully with our program; however, if a scholar is not benefiting in this unique educational model with all the provided support and guidance, they may need to be referred back to their school of residence.
Can you give me an overview of the Online Program?
The Online Program provides an education close to what you would find in a traditional school with the added benefit that our scholars can adjust their school schedule to better meet their needs! The online lessons are accessible 24/7 so you can break up your lessons throughout the day however you see fit. Our credentialed teachers support the online lessons with live/interactive lessons online and then the Learning Coach (parent) supports the scholar at home. All lessons for grades 6-12 are online, although some scholars prefer to print out worksheets and complete schoolwork in notebooks first. In K-5 there are additional materials that are sent to your home to supplement the online experience. This all speaks to the flexible nature of Compass Charter Schools and the ability to tailor school to fit your scholar’s personality and educational needs!
What curriculum will my scholar use in the Online Program?
After much research and study, we have elected to use StrongMind curriculum for our middle and high school scholars. Our elementary scholars will have some options for their curriculum: Lanes and K12. (Illustration of Online Curriculum options)
Can you give me an overview of the Homeschool Program?
The homeschool program her at Compass Charter Schools (CCS) is called the Options program. Scholars and parents work with their assigned credentialed Educational Facilitator (EF) to develop an educational plan based on the family’s educational philosophy and scholar’s learning style. Families meet with their assigned EF on a regular basis to discuss assigned work, review progress and exchange samples in various subjects. In addition, Instructional Funds are allotted to each scholar to use towards approved non-sectarian educational materials, curriculum, and services. (Illustration of Options Curriculum Methods choices)
I have never homeschooled my child, can I really do this?
Yes! We provide plenty of support here at CCS. Our Educational Facilitators are excellent resources and can help you along the way. We also conduct workshops for the parents / learning coaches to share resources that help you work with your scholars.
What is an Educational Facilitator (EF)?
Our caring, credentialed Educational Facilitators provide support in the form of academic guidance, parental support, and assurance of state compliance.
Can I use funds for extra-curricular activities?
Yes. As long as you have all of your core curriculum in place, you will be able to use funds for enrichment classes and curriculum. You will work closely with your EF to determine the use of instructional funds.
Do I receive this money directly?
Funds are allocated for your scholar but those funds are “banked” with the school. Families, along with their Educational Facilitator decide how and where those funds will be used. Most families purchase lessons, classes, curriculum and/or science kits from our extensive list of approved vendors.
Do my scholars receive the same amount of funds no matter how old they are or when we enroll?
Instructional fund amounts will vary depending on your scholar’s grade level. Scholars in grades K-8 will receive $2,800 in funds. Scholars in grades 9-12 will receive $3,000 in funds. The amount of funding received depends on your scholar’s first official day at CCS. The full amount of funding is available to scholars who start at the beginning of the school year.
When, where and how are materials shipped?
The materials that are ordered for you scholars will be shipped directly to your home. The delivery time varies because each vendor has different packaging and delivery timelines. Once you receive materials, you must quickly scan and email the signed packing slip to your EF.
What happens at learning period meetings with my scholar’s Educational Facilitator (EF)?
Learning Period meetings must include the EF, the scholar and/or the parent. Because we are a virtual school, CCS does not require in-person meetings. Meetings are held by phone or other online communication. At meetings, the learning coach (parent) and scholar share all recent progress, lessons, and work samples with the EF.
Can you give me an overview of the Special Education Program at CCS?
As Compass Charter Schools is a virtual school, we provide support services in an online environment for scholars with IEPs. Specialized Academic Instruction (SAI) is provided by CCS Special Education Instructors in a virtual online format. We create an environment that is similar to a traditional, in-person one except that instead of being in the same room, the scholar and provider meet in a live virtual classroom using tools such as Adobe Connect, or some other online classroom application and using best practices in Special Education. IEP services for Speech, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Psychological Services are provided by specialized contractors sent by CCS to provide assessment and therapy services and are often provided virtually as well. More and more schools are using online learning systems and technologies to support their scholars. By implementing these programs, our scholars have the added benefit of advancing their computer literacy skills.
Am I able to have my child evaluated for SPED services?
Yes. Parents of enrolled scholars may state in writing that they would like to have their child evaluated and submit it to their scholar’s CCS teacher.
What are some benefits of virtual special education services?
Some benefits that we have found here at CCS are:
a. Because we are a virtual school, it is a part of our school’s thinking to take advantages of excellent online tools when providing and supporting our scholars in their educational journeys.
b. Online services provide the benefit of time. Without the need for travel time for both the scholar and the provider, more time can be spent preparing for each session or studying. Time for the special education scholar is an absolutely vital component in the success of a struggling scholar.
c. It is natural for children to work well in familiar settings. Learning is no different. A comfortable environment increases learning for scholars. What is more comfortable than home? As educators, maximizing opportunities and situations for learning is essential.
d. It is also quite natural for children to take time to reach a certain comfort level with new people; It takes time to build a relationship with strangers, especially adults you do not see often. On the other hand, meeting with someone online is less intimidating and much easier for a child. The stress associated with a “stranger” entering their home is alleviated and the length of time for them to become comfortable is significantly reduced. All this means more learning can be accomplished in a shorter amount of time.
What college have your graduates been accepted to?
• Adrian College • Augsburg College
• Boise State • Cal Baptist University
• Castleton University • Drew University
• Cal Lutheran University • Cal State, Channel Islands
• Cal State, San Francisco • Cal State, Stanislaus
• Johnson & Wales University • Julliard School
• Kent State University • New England College
• SUNY Oswego • Thomas College
• University of Arizona • UC, Berkley
• UC, Davis • UC, Santa Barbara
• UC, Irvine • UC, Merced
• UC Riverside • UC, San Diego
• UC, San Francisco • Utica College
Can my high school scholar graduate early?
Yes. Our program allows scholars to accelerate academically to meet the graduation requirements a semester to a year early. Your school counselor can offer insight and is a great resource to assist you in the planning process.
Will my scholar be able to take community college courses?
Community college courses can be a great way for high school scholars to take more challenging courses and prepare for college. Because college courses tend to be more challenging, we want to help assure scholar success when transitioning to college courses. Therefore, scholars will need to meet the requirements of the Concurrent/Dual Credit Enrollment Policy before being approved.
Do you require community service hours?
High school scholars are not required to engage in community service projects/hours to be eligible to graduate and/or earn a high school diploma.