Compass High School | A Unique Tucson High School
Compass High School is a different and unique approach to high school education in Arizona. In conventional public Tucson high schools, learning happens solely in the classroom and at a defined pace. Textbook content is chosen by the Arizona school district, and high school student progress is assessed primarily with quizzes & tests.
This type of “one size fits all” system often results in students learning memorization and test-taking skills. Our focus is on the acquiring of knowledge and life skills. Many students get left behind, becoming disconnected and uninterested in their education. Our aim is to rectify this unfortunate trend with high school students.
Compass High School is an innovative charter school. We provide teenagers with a choice from the conventional public education system. We cater to all different learning styles. Compass encourages high school students to self-advocate and express their identity through their learning. Our goal as educators is to give students the resources they need to challenge themselves. To become passionate about life-long learning and finally become active, capable citizens.
Quick Facts About Compass High School
- Free tuition, enrollment, supplies, & transportation
- A Tucson established “true” alternative high school since 2001
- Arizona department of education official diploma
- 52 unique in-person course offerings
- 25 self-paced electronic course offerings
- 16:1 student to teacher ratio
- 550 average student enrollment
- 1:1 student to computer ratio
- Hybrid block scheduling
- Dual enrollment offerings with Pima Community College
- Our credits transfer to all other high schools
Tucson’s High School Of Choice
Flexible High School Schedules
With our hybrid block scheduling, students are able to fully apply themselves to their learning without getting burnt out. These flexible schedules also allow students to get a job or tend to other responsibilities outside of school.
8:00 AM – 12:20 PM
12:30 PM – 4:50 PM
4:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Monday • Wednesday • Friday
1st Period • 8:00am-9:00am
2nd Period • 9:02am-10:02am
Break • 10:02am-10:18am
3rd Period • 10:18am-11:18am
4th Period • 11:20am-12:20pm
Tuesday • Thursday
5th Period • 8:00am-9:35am
6th Period • 9:37am-10:27am
Break • 10:27am-10:45am
7th Period • 10:45am-12:20pm
Monday • Wednesday • Friday
1st Period • 12:30pm-1:30pm
2nd Period • 1:32pm-2:32pm
Break • 2:32pm-2:48pm
3rd Period • 2:48pm-3:48pm
4th Period • 3:50pm-4:50pm
Tuesday • Thursday
5th Period • 12:30pm-2:05pm
6th Period • 2:07pm-2:57pm
Break • 2:57pm-3:15pm
7th Period • 3:15pm-4:50pm
Compass High School Beliefs
Compass High School was founded on the belief that learning can take place anywhere, not just in a formal Tucson classroom setting. High school credit can be earned in many unconventional ways. Some of these include independent studies, travels, and internships. We emphasize an understanding of the learning process as well as the personal, real-life application of knowledge. We strive to prepare high school students for their lives as adults. Academic and intellectual development is balanced with building strong life and communication skills.
The primary goal of Compass High School is to exceed the Arizona Standards with quality high school education. It is our mission to encourage our Tucson students to develop life skills through their education process. We are dedicated to providing each student with equal opportunities by offering individualized, self-paced programs.
Our supportive learning environment promotes each student’s individuality. At Compass High School, our curriculum is adapted from Art Comb’s Six Principles of Learning. Below you can read an outline of the six principles of learning or you can view and read the full list here.
- When people have a need to know, they learn best.
- Learning is a deeply personal, affective experience.
- All behavior, including learning, involves self-concept.
- Learning is governed by the experience of challenge or threat.
- Feelings of being cared for and belonging have vital effects upon learning.
- Effective learning requires feedback.
Life After Graduation
Compass High School is an innovative charter high school that provides teenagers with a choice. Compass is different from the conventional public education system. Our learning community is composed of high school students who are unique learners. Our staff reflects diversity in high school teaching styles and methods. The culture at Compass High School encourages interactions between students and teachers. This initiates a learning dialog that will encourage our students to become active, self-directed, life long learners.
Compass High School’s alternative education system is based on building relationships and hands-on learning. Ultimately we are a unique, alternative charter high school offering individualized, self-paced high school programs. This is in addition to promoting quality education and opportunity for success for all students.
A Compass High School diploma is accepted at places like community colleges, the military, and vocational colleges. You can transfer to a state university after enrolling in a community college.