High School Program Approach

Commencing with Fall 2015, Compass will now offer classes for high school students. The expectations and approach for Compass high school classes are explained below:

1.0     Philosophy: Compass believes it is the homeschool parent’s responsibility to plan a course of study, craft the student’s transcript, and award grades. It is the parent’s responsibility to determine how each Compass class fits into his/her child’s overall portfolio. A Compass class that one parent identifies as a core requirement may be considered an elective element by another parent, or simply an enrichment activity by another. It is the parent’s responsibility to determine how a Compass class will be “packaged” with other opportunities such as small group classes, online courses, independent study, dual enrollment, work-study, personal projects, internships, travel, reading lists, volunteer work, etc., to achieve completion of a high school credit.

2.0     Award of Credit Hours: It is the parent’s responsibility to track the number of hours spent on a topic of study and award the corresponding Carnegie credit hours. Compass makes no representation about the hours spent in class as compared to typical Carnegie credit hour unit. Alternately, the homeschool parent may take the approach of awarding high school credits for work accomplished in a subject. In this approach, the homeschool parent determines the amount of work expected and how much each Compass class contributes to that goal. See the referenced article by the HEAV organization discussing the credit hour approach versus the work accomplished approach of homeschool high school work.

3.0     Grades: Grades will not be awarded in Compass classes. Instructors of high school level classes will provide qualitative feedback in the form of a personalized e-mail on each student’s performance, understanding of the subject, class participation, portfolio progress, areas for improvement, etc., so the homeschool parent can award a corresponding grade.

4.0     Transcripts/Portfolios: Since Compass does not provide a complete high school solution, student transcripts are not maintained by Compass. Parents are encouraged to keep their own portfolio such as a record of the class description, instructor name and qualifications, weekly instructor e-mails, schedule/hours, class syllabus, table of contents for any textbooks, papers written, projects produced, and any other relevant work for purposes of developing their own transcript.

5.0     Scope/Sequence: Compass high school classes are not designed to mimic courses offered at a typical public high school. A Compass high school class with a similar name as a typical public high school class may cover different scope and sequence in a different number of classroom hours.

6.0     Prerequisites/Expectations: Some Compass high school classes will have prerequisite knowledge or minimum skills needed. Other classes also have expectations about a student’s anticipated workload outside of class, projects, homework, etc. Please read class descriptions carefully for this information.

7.0     Priority Registration: For Compass high school classes that are part of year-long series (four quarters or two semesters), continuing students will have an opportunity for priority registration one week in advance of early registration before the class spaces are available to the public.

8.0     Year Long Courses/Payment: For year-long high school classes, parents may opt to pay the tuition in two installments. The first half would be due at the time of early registration, and the second half of the tuition would be due by September 1. There is a $25.00 administrative fee added for the two-part payment. Registration and first half payment is an implied contractual agreement to pay for the balance of the class. Payment for quarter-long and semester long classes are due at the time of registration.

9.0     High School Instructors: Compass makes no representation that its courses are accredited or that instructors hold any teaching licenses or professional certifications, although some do. Parents are responsible for reviewing the online profiles of each instructor to evaluate his/her qualifications to provide instruction and meet the family’s educational needs.

10.0   Younger Students in High School Classes: For classes noted as 9th-12th grade or for high school students, accelerated 8th grade students (grade if enrolled in traditional school by birthdate  and age 13 by September 30) may register for the class subject to the Age/Grade Level placement guideline in section 2.0 of the Compass policies. 8th grade students (13 years old) must be socially and emotionally mature enough to participate in high school level discussions and complete high school level readings and workload.

11.0   AP Exams: AP exams that correspond to AP approved courses at Compass will not be administered at Compass. Per section 22.1-254.1, part F, of the Code of Virginia, AP exams are made available to homeschool student through their local school division. High school students should contact the school’s guidance counselor to register and pay for AP testing if needed.