News & Announcements: Week of March 6-10

(1) Spring Registration is open and ongoing. Spring classes begin the week of March 20. Check the schedule because classes are filling, and more than 40 are on waitlist.

(2) Last Week of Classes/Make-Up Week: This is the last week of classes for most 3rd quarter classes. See the list below for make-up classes that will be held the week of March 13-16. Year-long and semester-long classes that do not have make-ups will not meet next week.

(3) Easter Candy Kitchen: Learn to make Buttercream Easter Eggs with an array of spring fillings (peanut butter, cherry, vanilla, chocolate, and coconut) with Chef Mimi in this 3-hour workshop. Two sessions on March 26: Kids (2nd-6th grade) and Tweens/Teens (7th-12th grade).

(4) First Aid/CPR: A spring session of 6-hour (2 afternoons) First Aid/CPR training for teens ages 14+ will be offered on April 24 and May 1. Earn 4 American Heart Association certifications and get ready and get ready for summer work as a life guard, camp counselor, or babysitter. Register HERE.

(5) Year End Evaluations: It is the time of year that many families begin to think about the Virginia-required “Evidence of Progress” (EOP) for their homeschooled students. This can be accomplished through a meeting with an evaluator or a standardized test administered at home. Compass writing teacher Shannon McClain performs year-end homeschool evaluations including some meet-ups at Compass. Contact her at her business, Educational Advocacy & Support, or stop by the Compass office to schedule an evaluation time slot.

(6) PenPoint Submissions Needed: The annual Compass literary and arts anthology, PenPoint, is now accepting submissions for its 2023 publication. Students in grades 7-12 can submit fiction, poetry, essays, and 2-D art/photographs. Read submission guidelines online or contact

(7) New: Future Leaders Club: Interested students will meet 4 times in 4th quarter as a pilot for next year. Future Leader club is for teens in 9th-12th grade. Students will learn networking, principles of leadership, conflict resolution, public speaking, starting a business, creative and critical thinking, team-building, collaborative work, interview practice, etiquette for a business lunch/dinner, etc. Members will take turns preparing topics. Parents or community members may be invited as speakers. This spring, the group will decide student leadership structure and plan for topics in 2023-24. No dues for spring 2023. Meeting dates: Mondays from 3:00 pm-4:00 pm, March 27, April 10, April 24, May 8. RSVP to Karissa Sweeny (

(8) Make-Up Classes: Make-ups are scheduled for the week of March 13-17 for 3rd quarter classes that were missed because of instructor illness/absence. The following classes will meet at their regular time, regular day, and regular room.

Monday, March 13:

  • Compass Kindergarten: Monday, March 13 (special bonus session)
  • Crafting for Cosplay: Leather Work
  • Learn to Sew: Beginner and Intermediate

Tuesday, March 14

  • Acting- Kids’ Theater: Fractured Fairy Tales (11:00 am)
  • Tweens Acting Out: No Exit Escape Room (12:00 pm, 2:00 pm)
  • Puppet Craft Workshop: Stick and Shadow Puppets (1:00 pm)

Wednesday, March 15

  • Starting with Strings: Beg. Violin II (10:00 am)
  • String Ensemble (11:00 am)
  • Creative Storytelling: Once Upon a …A Time Machine (12:00 pm)
  • Beginner Bots: Perfect Pets (WED section)- 1:00 pm
  • Sew Fun: Wearable Accessories (1:00pm)
  • Robot Fab Lab: Mars Rover (WED section)- 2:00 pm
  • Sew Simple: Silly Sea Stuffies (2:00 pm)

Thursday, March 16:

  • Stage Combat: Swashbuckling, Single- Handed Sword (10:00 am)
  • Number Ninjas: Super Shapes (10:00 am) *meet in room 8
  • Harry Potter Handicrafts: Flitwick’s Favorites (10:00 am)
  • Cracking Codes, Cryptology for Kids: Sleuths (11:00 am) *meet in room 8
  • FUNctional Fitness Homeschool PE (THU section)- 11:00 am
  • Acting- Kids’ Theater: Detective Drama (12:00 pm)
  • All About Astronomy: Stars, Galaxies, and the Cosmos (12:00 pm) *meet in room 8
  • Ukulele for Beginners II (11:00 am)
  • Acting- Young Actor’s Playhouse: Suddenly Small (1:00 pm)
  • Acting- Tween Stage: 13 Signs You Should Stop Being a Pirate (2:00 pm)
  • All private Thursday music lessons with Mrs. Fredrick

Friday, March 17:

  • Planetary Science: please see class communications for make-up schedule
  • Century of American Music: 1970s-2020s (11:00 am)
  • Worldbuilding: SciFi (12:00 pm)
  • Guitar for Teen Beginners II (12:00 pm)
  • Songwriting Studio (1:00 pm)
  • Mystery Matinee: Til Death Do We Part (1:00 pm)
  • Spanish I (1:00 pm)
  • ASL III (2:00 pm)
  • Acting- Teen Scene: It’s Not What it Seems (2:00 pm)
  • ASL IV (3:00 pm)
  • All private Friday music lessons with Mrs. Fredrick

(9) Save the Dates:   

  • Teen Game Night: will NOT be held on Friday, March 10, but will resume on Friday March 24.
  • Spring Quarter: begins Monday, March 20. Browse and register HERE
  • Easter Candy Kitchen: March 26 (two levels, see registration page)
  • Food Truck Week: March 28-30
  • Spring Break: April 3-7- No Classes
  • Compass Family Used Curriculum Sale: April 19 (rain date April 26)- watch for sign-up in early April
  • Food Truck Week: April 18-20
  • Spring Marketplace: May 3 (rain date May 10)- watch for sign-up in early April
  • 2023 Spring Prom: May 6- watch for details/registration
  • Mother’s Day Chocolate Bouquet Workshop: May 13 (two levels, see registration page)
  • Early Registration for Fall 2023: May 16
  • Food Truck Week: May 16-18
  • Annual Quads Chess Tournament: May 24. Register HERE
  • Picnic & Park Day: May 25- watch for sign-up in early May
  • Graduation: June 3- make sure you are on the Compass list of graduates