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We are COMPASS. We have impacted the lives of over 20,000 students, parents and families.

We are a community-based, non-profit, social service agency and special needs school that provides comprehensive educational, counseling and support services to high-risk youth and families. Our 4 school- and home-based programs serve over 1000 clients per year. Our mission is to equip those we serve with the skills to become self-sufficient productive members of their communities and society.

ISP Overview

An intensive support program to help high-risk adolescents remain and succeed in high school and beyond.


Adam exemplifies a person's ability to overcome challenges and has thrived in his growth as a student at COMPASS. As one of our few STEP 5 students (the highest honor at COMPASS), Adam has become a student leader, mastered the Culinary Arts Classroom, and participated in a job placement, as well as being an active member within his community through basketball, community service, and youth groups. Adam's experiences have taken him to Washington DC, Philadelphia, and New York, not to mention South Africa with his Youth Group. Adam graduated from the COMPASS School in 2009, and strives to go to college to continue his growth as a student.

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State Street Grant Enables Vocational Training

Some of our students most significant achievements this year involve the work COMPASS has been able to do (and provide) thanks to the State Street Grant we received last year.

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ASAP Overview

A remediation and academic enrichment program for students at the Middle School Academy in South Boston and Orchard Gardens K-8 in Roxbury.

Summer School Joins with Habitat for Humanity

4 COMPASS high school students worked with the Boston Area Habitat for Humanity Program this summer, helping to construct a garage door and ceiling in low income housing in Dorchester. Habitat for Humanity Greater Boston, Inc. is a Massachusetts charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to building simple low-cost homes by forming partnerships with low-income families in need of decent and affordable housing. The organization believes that homeownership is a vital step to help families break the cycle of poverty and contributes to pride in families and communities.

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AmeriCorps Progress Report

COMPASS School's Transitional Services Coordinator and teacher, Wallace Hurd, and Kerri-Ann Foley, our Massachusetts Promise Fellow / AmeriCorps Fellow, have been working throughout this academic year on the following services with students:

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2014 Violence Prevention Slogans Announced

Each year as part of a "classroom challenge" students are asked to submit slogans that convey violence prevention messages they believe are important. Winning slogan(s) often become part of COMPASS' annual Violence Prevention t-shirt design, which are worn during the Violence Prevention & Recognition Event, being held this year on Wednesday, June 11th.

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COMPASS Students Volunteer at Local Businesses

The Transition Team at COMPASS is pleased to announce the placement of several of our Vocational students in volunteer positions throughout the greater Boston area. These placements range all the way from the zoo to the kitchen!! We are so proud of these students and we appreciate the tremendous amount of support from these local businesses. Thank You!

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COMPASS Students Learning Through Urban Gardening

SLUG - Students Learning Through Urban Gardening - a program generously funded by Boston Natural Areas Network, is now up and running at COMPASS! High school students in the 9th - 12th grade and the vocational program have been busy planting, watering, and caring for seeds, sprouts, and beanstalks! There is much excitement for SLUG, and students often can be seen misting baby plants with water and getting their hands dirty. Worms are also a part of our curriculum, and students have maintained a worm bin for several weeks now! We hope to expand the worm program by feeding the worms vegetable refuse from the culinary arts program soon! The Boston Natural Areas Network (BNAN), an urban open space preservation and stewardship organization, has started this new program in urban school-based vegetable gardening. The program provides participants with training and support, a SLUG Handbook relating curriculum

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COMPASS: Year at a Glance Report

COMPASS recently mailed its 2011 At a Glance update, an end of fiscal year report for our stakeholders. We present the same information here...

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Comprehensive Support and Stabilization: for families in crisis referred by DCF.
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COMPASS School: a special education day school for youth with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities.
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Intensive Support Program: helps high-risk adolescents succeed in school and beyond.
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After School Action Program: remediation and academic enrichment.
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Alternative Education Program: for Boston residents 16-20 who are returning to earn a high school diploma.