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Brenda’s letter

Brenda’s letter

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 Our Compass story isn't dramatic, but it's important to us.We've been lucky enough to learn at home since our eldest daughter Ana (now almost sixteen) turned ten. We watched her becoming a ghost in school as she was bullied and struggled to make positive, nurturing alliances. As a home learner ...
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Brittney’s Letter

Brittney’s Letter

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 Hello everyone,My name is Brittany and today I am writing to you as a member of Compass, as a Compass teen to ask for your help. I was fourteen when I left school for good in 2014.  I had little to no self-esteem, I was overwhelmed by homework, and I was afraid of raising my hand to speak in ...
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Is Your Child Having a Rough Start to the Year? 5 Reasons Your Family Might Consider A Semester Away From School

Is Your Child Having a Rough Start to the Year? 5 Reasons Your Family Might Consider A Semester Away From School

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Unless you’re a homeschooling family, your child or teen has been in school for many years. Consider this a sabbatical. Everyone can use a sabbatical. Wouldn’t you love one? If Sunday nights are anxiety-provoking and homework is a constant battle, a change might be the best thing for the entire ...
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In Progress

In Progress

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For this month's blog, we invited mother/daughter duo Tamara McIntyre and Zea Jones to each reflect on the reason's behind the family's decision to send Zea to Compass and the resulting changes in Zea's approach to learning. Zea is a bedrock member of our community and her enthusiasm for life and l ...
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Reflections

Reflections

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The blog post below was written by one of our teachers new to Compass this fall, Amanda Lara. In it, she reflects on how teaching at Compass feels different than any other teaching environment in which she has taught. If you are wondering what distinguishes Compass. I have a two-word response: Non-c ...
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The Happy Thanksgiving Blog Post

The Happy Thanksgiving Blog Post

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“I got sick of it all. Why was I making myself so unhappy from being in school when there’s so much out there to see and experience? Then I found out that you didn’t even need to finish school to have a fulfilled life. You can work or go to university without a high school degree. I di ...
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The Teens Are Doing Whaaat?

The Teens Are Doing Whaaat?

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The teens are back and it’s fantastic. For the first time since we opened our door nearly four years ago, we’re open five days a week. We are spending our Fridays working on a collective project we’re not yet ready to reveal. But I can let you in on some of the ways that young people at Compas ...
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Learning is something you do.

Learning is something you do.

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Just as we were winding down the last ‘school’ year in June, I published an article in Rabble, called “Many teens find school stifling, stressful and depressing. So why don’t we reinvent it?” (actually, the Rabble editor had changed it to “So why don’t we fix it?” and I had to reques ...
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True Confessions of an Alternative Educator & The Deal with Classes

True Confessions of an Alternative Educator & The Deal with Classes

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“This course offers an opportunity to participate in a hands-on, experiential laboratory of creative innovation. We will study basic applied physics and structural engineering through the construction of simple and complex machines, examining the principles of buoyancy, flight, propulsion, gravity ...
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Satirical “Back to School” Guide

Satirical “Back to School” Guide

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A note to those who may take offence and feel that we are being overly cheeky with our satirical guide "Back to School" guide: A reminder that while school may have worked out okay for you (even though you would have still been cheering on a snow day), too many young people end up feeling dulled, d ...
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