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Compass Academy is a new District 303 program that will open in the fall of 2021 at the Haines Center. Key features of the Academy include flexible scheduling, project-based learning, interdisciplinary courses, and competency-based education. The competency-based model removes the constraints of "seat time" and empowers student-driven learning inside and outside the classroom. This approach allows students to earn credit toward graduation requirements in ways other than traditional coursework, incorporates real-world knowledge and challenges, and allows students to attain career-related competencies.
Any District 303 student entering grades 9-12 is eligible to enroll at the Academy. There are no entrance criteria and all students are invited to apply. This program is designed to support all students, including those interested in early college courses and/or career pathway experiences.
Fall registration for Compass Academy is now closed.
To see more detailed information about Compass Academy, including course offerings for 2021-22, you may view the Compass Academy Information Guide.
Support services available to students at the district’s comprehensive high schools will also be available to students at Compass Academy, including:
Students who attend Compass Academy will continue to have opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities at their home high school.
∎ Flexible Schedule - Students have the opportunity to build a schedule around their needs and preferences, so they may have:
Impact on students:
The schedule at Compass Academy was intentionally designed to complement the schedules at the comprehensive high schools and Fox Valley Career Center. (Because classes are offered throughout the day and evening at Elgin Community College, that schedule is not shown.)
At Compass Academy, students will advance in coursework by demonstrating mastery of competencies. The curriculum will address all of the Illinois Learning Standards just as it does at the comprehensive high schools, but the way in which instruction occurs and the learning activities in which students engage will be different. The coursework students complete at Compass Academy will enable them to meet all graduation requirements, and students who complete those requirements will receive a diploma from either St. Charles East or St. Charles North High School upon graduation.
∎ Competency-Based Education - Students advance upon demonstrated mastery of competencies. Students receive timely, differentiated support based on their individual learning needs.
Impact on students:
Compass Academy students will receive a Mastery Transcript in addition to the traditional transcript they will receive from their home high school. The Mastery Transcript Consortium offers colleges an alternative to the traditional transcript, one that offers more nuance and depth than grades and GPAs, while still providing consistency and validity for admission purposes. Follow this link to see an updated list of colleges that have accepted the Mastery Transcript in the last two years.
Director of Compass Academy