Compass graduates are independent thinkers and life-long learners. They are committed leaders working across the globe, from the plains of Africa to the labs of Dartmouth Medical School. Compass prepares its students to succeed — academically and out in the world.

Our growing list of college acceptances

Earlham College

Eckerd College

Fordham University

Grinnell College

Goucher College

Hampshire College

Johns Hopkins University

Bard College

Bates College

Bennington College

Brown University

Carleton College

Champlain College

College of the Atlantic

Over 80% of Compass graduates have gone on to college since the school’s first graduating class in 2003. 

Kalamazoo College

Keene State College

Landmark College

Lyndon State College

Macalester College

Marlboro College

Middlebury College

New York University

Northeastern University

Oberlin College



Simmons College

Smith College

Compass graduates have received millions of dollars in scholarship and leadership awards

Southern Vermont College

Union College

University of Chicago

University of Rochester

University of Vermont


Wheaton College


Each year, the entire school visits two college campuses to explore the opportunities available in college settings. From technical colleges to the Ivy League, these campus tours help our students envision themselves in college and identify the different elements of college environments that best fit their needs.

Compass School Vermont

How do we support the college selection and application process?

Students are actively engaged in post-graduation planning through junior and senior seminar classes led by our college counselor. Along with advisory time and in-depth portfolio development, students create a resume, write essays, and are personally supported to explore college and career options.

Compass School Vermont
As my year at Compass has come to an end, I can feel my toes curl around the edge of a great cliff and it’s daunting. I am approaching a pivotal point in my life, in my growth as a student and in my growth as a person—although I’ve realized the two are not all that unalike. But I am as prepared as I can be. I am proud of who I am and what I’ve done to get here. I am confident in who I am becoming and what I will need to do to get there.
— Compass Graduate
Compass School Vermont
“Wow, I am graduating from high school. I didn’t think I would ever see this day….I have been given the education and the opportunities that I thought were only in the movies. I am very excited for my future and I will never forget the place that changed my life.
— Compass Graduate
Compass School Vermont
As my high school career comes to a close, I leave with not only book learning and technical knowledge, but a much better understanding of what it’s like to be a member of a community, how to be a good friend, how to be a member of student government, how to value my own time, how to plan for the future, and how to be compassionate.

Compass teaches more than just the math or science, it teaches how to be a functioning adult in real-life.
— Compass Graduate