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Compass High School to focus on students with learning differences
June 06, 2013, 05:00 AM By Heather Murtagh Daily Journal Staff
Compass High School, a new school for students with learning differences, will open this fall in Redwood Shores — a temporary home while the search for a permanent facility begins.

Compass High School aims to provide a multifaceted educational program for students with learning differences. Compass Executive Direct Rachel Wylde said the goal is to offer a supportive environment to students with a variety of challenges from traditional learning disabilities to those who have high-functioning autism. As a result, the curriculum offered includes a college preparatory program and also integrated services and support for students as well as their families.

“We will be on the leading edge of education programs for this demographic,” said Wylde. “In addition to our college preparatory and vocational curriculums, we will include an essential skills program, such as social skills, organization skills and time management skills. We will also use technology whenever possible to provide a more robust and adaptable learning environment.”

The school, which will open as a private school with plans to transition to having a nonpublic status, hopes to fill the gap in education choices for high school students with mild-to-moderate learning differences, she explained. Nonpublic schools are privately operated, publicly funded schools that specialize in providing educational services for students with needs that aren’t being met in a public school setting.

The plan is to grow to an 80-student school with about 20 students per grade. For the fall, the hope is to start with at least eight students in both the freshman and sophomore classes, which the school already has. There’s room to serve a few more, said Wylde. Applications are available for those interested.

Currently, the school will be in leased space on Twin Dolphin Drive in Redwood Shores. The hope is to find a permanent home within the MidPeninsula, she said. In addition, the school has been reaching out for funding and grant opportunities. One way donations and grants will help, she said, is by allowing the school to offer scholarship opportunities for more students.

“The goal at Compass is to guide, strengthen and inspire our students,” Kim Garlinghouse-Jones, co-founder and board chair of Compass High School, said in a press release. “We are excited about the upcoming school year and the support we have received from the community.”

An information night about Compass High School will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 11 at the school, 1060 Twin Dolphin Drive in Redwood City. For more information contact Rachel Wylde at (510) 517-0289. More information can also be found at www.compasshigh.org.

heather@smdailyjournal.com

(650) 344-5200 ext. 105


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