The COMPASS School


A special education day school for youth with emotional, behavioral and learning disabilities

For over 40 years, COMPASS has provided services to students in the Greater Boston area. Public school districts refer students for the specialized services and resources students need to succeed. We specialize in providing services to students with complex social, emotional and behavioral needs.

Academic and Vocational Programs

Violence Prevention Hands

Violence Prevention

Teaches children how to handle potentially violent situations without harming themselves or others.

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Life Skills Class

Develops skills that foster personal independence, job readiness, and emotional and physical well-being.

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Computer Skills

Prepares students for the 21st century work environment through skill development in the use of technology.


Transition Services

Delivers real-world work experiences and develops the skills necessary to become a successful employee.


Culinary Arts Program

Integrated curriculum that teaches food safety, food preparation, time management, customer servie and related skills.


Building Maintenance and Repair

Plan and carry out a building upkeep schedule; make simple repairs; plan and implement projects from start to finish.



School students may participate in woodworking classes at the Eliot School in Jamaica Plain.

Our Educational Approach

  • To develop outstanding educational, vocational, and support services
  • To collaborate with other organizations to increase the resources available to each individual and his/her family.
  • To attract and retain diverse staff whose competence,compassion, and commitment are evident in our client-centered approach through interdisciplinary teamwork.
  • To employ a range of teaching methods centered on students' distinctive learning styles.
  • To provide challenging, individualized curriculum and instruction that addresses the academic, behavioral and emotional needs of our students.

Comprehensive School Support Services

The COMPASS School includes a range of support services that include wrap-around mental health, social, medical, legal, and vocational services. With our history of achievement as educational providers, COMPASS has the resources to ensure the appropriate educational, pre-vocational, clinical, and advocacy services for students in need of our services.

Special Programs

COMPASS School programs include: Life Skills Class, Transition Services, computer literacy programming, vocational training including Culinary Arts, Building Maintenance & Repair, Woodworking, and Computer Maintenance & Repair.

Violence Prevention is integrated into the School curriculum year round, culminating in Violence Prevention Day every June.

Staff Contacts

School Fax: 857-220-2346
CSS/Admin Fax: 857-220-2345

© 2015 Community Providers of Adolescent Services
290-294 Bowdoin St. Dorchester, MA 02122