Outcomes & Impacts: COMPASS School

The students served by COMPASS have experienced difficulties in varying degrees. Most have low self-esteem, learning disabilities, emotional problems, behavioral disorders, mental health challenges, limited impulse control, and may also be experiencing medical problems. Additionally, they often live in a world of violence, substance abuse, and poverty. These difficulties can manifest in a wide range of behaviors: they may have a hard time making and keeping friends; they may distrust adults; they attend school haphazardly; or they drink alcohol and/or take drugs. Factors contributing to these behaviors are relatively easy to identify. The absence of strong, positive authority figures at home, a history of neglect or abuse, and poor health care are recurring themes, resistant to easy solutions. Indeed, this complexity of factors makes educational and employment opportunities difficult for our students.

There is usually no basis for study habits or encouragement of academic work, and vocational opportunities are rarely appreciated or explored. Students often work below grade level, have difficulty attending to a task, and often have undiagnosed special education needs. There is no single “solution” to this complex set of problems our students face. COMPASS recognizes that each individual student needs and deserves unique treatment.

Through each of the School’s programs, there are individualized short and long-term outcomes that are worked towards for each student. Below is a sample of those outcomes:

Short-Term Outcomes
  • Students establish patterns of daily attendance and participation in classes.
  • Students meet goals stated in IEPs as measured quarterly and at annual IEP review meetings.
  • Students can earn passing grades on report cards and are promoted to higher grades.
  • Students earn higher Step levels on the school’s system of behavior management, BEAMS.
Long-Term Outcomes
  • Students are prepared to return to and succeed in mainstream education settings.
  • Alternatively, students earn high school diplomas and gain the education, life skills, and vocational/transitional preparation needed for success in the workplace or in post-secondary education.
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