Mission and Vision
At Compass Rose Academy, academic achievement coupled with personal growth is our “True North.” Everything we do is oriented in that direction. We are resolute that every student will experience success in school, at every grade level and in every subject, so they can be academically prepared for college. At the same time, we support our students as they learn the character traits necessary to be good citizens in the classroom and in their community.
Far too often, the socioeconomic circumstances into which a child is born determine his or her destiny. Currently, about 1 in 10 low-income students communities graduate from college.
Theoretically, free public education is provided to help overcome or circumvent this reality. Our country was founded on the idea that, with enough hard work and determination, anyone could become successful. Yet, students in urban areas, far too often lack the kind of high-quality educational options their peers in more affluent neighborhoods enjoy. The result is an opportunity gap that widens dramatically generation by generation.
Regardless of ZIP code, all children have the right to dream, and they all have the right to pursue their dreams and ambition using the same intellectual tools as their peers. Our elementary and middle schools must provide educational opportunities that honor their students’ ambition in scope and impact.
At its best, in the words of Nelson Mandela, education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world; yet, at its worst, when schools are not able to push their students towards paradigm-shifting achievement, education can also serve to oppress those who need the most support. When opportunity is based largely on intellectual capital, and when your ability to build and grow that capital is limited by means outside of your own control, your access to opportunity is being suppressed.
At Compass Rose, we fight hard against this inequality by setting ambitious standards for all of our students, pushing our students to reach those lofty goals, and supporting each and every one of them as they struggle to achieve their dreams.