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Compass is tuition-free charter school located in Fort Collins, Colorado. Students learn through active and engaging real-world projects — and graduate with a plan, a portfolio, and the tools to make a positive impact.

Become a Compass Student for the 2020-2021 School Year, Now Accepting Applications for Grades 6-10.





Learning During the Time of Corona Virus

Families and Friends, we miss seeing your smiling faces and hearing your laughter, your thoughtful questions, and your bright ideas! While our approach to continuous learning, even in the time of Corona Virus, is as engaging and as "Compass-y" as possible, it is just not the same as learning together! It is hard to stay focused, disciplined, and motivated without our human connections, but this is a challenge that we can all rise to and that will serve us well in the long run (and it gives our brains healthy things to think about in the short run)! Please see the resources we have for you linked here to make the last six weeks of school be productive and happy and healthy!

Learning from Home.

News and Updates

Take care of yourselves and each other during this pandemic, we miss you and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Emergency Board meeting to discuss messaging and statements regarding current civil issues will take place on Zoom on Thursday, June 4 at 6:30p. Email Board president if you would like to attend ([email protected]).

Compass Board Meetings take place the third Monday of every month and will be held via Zoom. If you would like the link to the meeting, please email the Board president, Gina Curler: [email protected]

News and Updates

Venture Project:



Purpose:  This first semester venture project was inspired by student interest in this complicated social issue. Critical thinking, communication, book studies, community trips, and social justice action made this a great Compass learning experience! 

Community Partners: FoCo Cafe, Murphy Center, The Rescue Mission

Venture Forth

Our School is Designed by Teachers, Students, and Community Partners

Compass’ Mission, Vision, Intended Impact, and Theory of Change

Mission: Our mission is to help students discover learning with purpose; to be authors of the best possible story of their lives and of our collective future.  

Vision: Our local and global community will be made economically and environmentally regenerative through the passion and energy of Compass Community Collaborative School students as positive change makers demanding social justice.

Intended Impact: Our diverse population of students will positively impact the world with a lifelong love of learning, expressive clarity, quantitative ability, conceptual flexibility, emotional intelligence, creative imagination, and social agency.  Students’ families will be inspired by inclusion in their children’s growth and development.  

Theory of Action: Interdependence is the key. When we compartmentalize and separate components of our interdependent world, ecosystems and social systems break down. Compass will support collaborative relationships and value interdependence by using a community-engaged and transdisciplinary curriculum. We are supporting creative, inclusive, and connected families in developing a sustainable and vibrant world.

Join the Compass Community

Join our growing list of community partners and start seeing the benefit of working with our students. Your organization — business, nonprofit, artistic, college, university, and government entities — can partner with our students to engage in hands-on career exploration. Contact us for information on community engagement opportunities.

Become A Partner

Connect with Compass

Following PSD's lead and Larimer County Health Department recommendations, Compass will determine the learning plan for the 20-21 school year later this summer. Please check email regularly and follow health department guidelines to keep your family well during the outbreak of Corona Virus (COVID-19).