OUR ACADEMIC PROGRAM
As residents of San Antonio, we have had the pleasure of watching the San Antonio Spurs win NBA championships based largely on their ability to execute the fundamentals really, really well. The Compass Rose academic program will take this same approach, building a strong fundamental foundation of reading, writing, and mathematics skill and content knowledge for each of our students. We believe that students must have a strong fundamental base in these areas in order to be successful in any class, so we spend double the amount of time in literacy and math classes as more traditional schools. We also believe critical thinking is essential to student success. The Compass Rose academic program is developed to teach this skill early in the curriculum and to help students develop effective critical thinking habits and apply them in a wide array of contexts to demonstrate deep mastery of each subject. Once students have a solid foundation of reading, writing, math, and critical thinking skills, they are prepared to accelerate ahead in all of their classes.
A well-rounded liberal arts education includes a social studies class every day – including a full year of Texas history in seventh grade – and a science class every day. The science courses at Compass Rose are lab-based and include at least 40% lab time. The curriculum also includes arts classes and physical education (P.E.) to ensure our students are exposed to those essential learning strands.
OUR TECHNOLOGY AND ENGINEERING PROGRAM
Compass Rose Academy will also provide students with a unique STEM program that leverages the power of spiraled learning. Students will begin with a Design Thinking course in 6th grade, where they learn how to understand a big problem, observe and develop empathy for those embroiled in the problem, develop a point of view and generate ideas for solving the problem, design prototypes for solutions to the problem, and test the prototypes until an optimal solution emerges. In short, we teach them how to convert need into demand. In 7th grade, they will take a Computer Programming course, so that every student is able to translate design into code. They will start out by using Scratch, a visual programming tool. As they improve, they will progress into Python and Java Script, currently two of the most sought after programming languages, using a platform called Raspberry Pi. In 8th grade, they will put that coding knowledge to work in a Robotics and Engineering course, which will require them to design, plan, and execute long-term STEM projects. And when they reach high school, students will be able to self-select focus areas that support their design and development of Entrepreneurial projects. Ultimately, the goal of the high school program is for each student to build business plan and grow a small business over the course of four years. This unique seven-year STEM thread will provide our students with valuable experience to help them build highly sought after skills, knowledge, and mindsets.