Compass School Vermont

The primary considerations for enrollment in Compass are a commitment to learning, a desire to be part of an innovative school community, and a great respect for others and the learning process.

Compass School Vermont

Compass School is a place where students thrive with the support of a dedicated faculty and a strong, vibrant school culture.

Compass School Vermont

Our enrollment process is a conversation between families, students, teachers, and staff and we work thoughtfully with all parties to ensure that Compass is the right fit.

Our generous financial aid programs are designed to make Compass accessible to as many students as possible.

Compass School Vermont
Compass School Vermont

Step One — initial Inquiry

Send us an email or give us a call and we’ll get the process started with a conversation.  A good dialog is the first step to building a strong and successful relationship.  In the initial conversation, we’ll review the student’s recent educational experiences and discuss the unique Compass approach to education.  

Scroll down to the bottom of the page to fill out the form and get started!

Step Two — Visit for a day

The best way to get a sense of all we do here is to spend a day with us. This is an important experience for interested students and provides a good sense of school life.  Interested students attend classes, lunch, and interact in the community to get a feel for the school. Compass School has a distinctive character and approach to learning that is best understood through this personal experience, and we strongly encourage a full-day visit if possible.  

Visits are typically scheduled for Monday through Thursday, but other times can be arranged.

Parents are welcome to meet with the Admissions Director on the day of the visit or at a separate time.  You are also welcome to join us for an Open House or one of the many fun community events hosted at Compass School, like our student film festival, living history museum, or Global Connections Fiesta.

Compass School Vermont

Compass School Vermont

Step Three — Enrollment forms

Once the student has visited the school and made the decision that it’s a good fit, we’ll complete the process with the Enrollment Forms.

Parent Forms:   The Parent Enrollment Forms are an opportunity to share important information with the school to deepen our understanding of the student so we can serve them best right from the start.  

Student Forms:  We ask students to think about how they learn, what challenges they might face as a student, and in what type of environment they feel they would flourish.  Students are encouraged to have fun with the enrollment submissions and consider writing, works of art, or other projects they feel represent them best.

Step Four — Enrollment Review

Once all materials have been received and a school visit completed, we’ll review everything and ask for any additional information needed to ensure Compass is the best fit.  In the case of existing IEP plans, additional meetings with our Student Services Director may be needed for review and planning.  Typically, you can expect an enrollment confirmation within three weeks.

We enroll students from a wide geographical area, including over 20 towns in Vermont, New Hampshire, and Massachusetts. Compass is part of the Current Bus route serving towns from Brattleboro to Springfield, and many families carpool from Marlboro and Keene.

Compass School does not discriminate against any applicant on the basis of race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, disability or national origin.


Our mission is to be a publicly accessible option. To this end, Compass sets its tuition at the Vermont public school average.  We provide both a Scholarship program and Financial Aid to help ensure that all families with a desire to attend Compass have the opportunity.

Vermont Town Pay Tuition: Towns without age-appropriate educational facilities (“tuitioning” towns) pay a set tuition for their students to attend local public and private schools. This means that if you live in a tuitioning town, your Compass tuition is paid in full by your town (Enrollment and Required Fees remain the responsibility of the family).  

Scholarships and Financial Aid : We want our program to be accessible to students from a variety of cultural and economic backgrounds, and we are committed to working with families to make affording Compass a realistic possibility.  

Generous financial aid is available for Compass families based on demonstrated need as determined by information provided by the family to TADS (Tuition Aid Data Service).  Families seeking financial aid need to submit an online application to TADS in order to be considered. We encourage families seeking aid to apply early, and more information about submitting materials is provided during the enrollment process.

Payment Plans: We offer a range of payment processing plans and are dedicated to working with each family to find a payment schedule that works.

Tuition and fees

Tuition and Application
Application Fee: $50
Tuition: $15,933 (2019-2020)
Support Services: Dependent upon student need and arrangement with family 

Enrollment Fees (payable at time of enrollment)
Tuition Insurance: 2% of tuition ($369 for 2019-2020)
Technology Fee: $50

Required Fees**
Student Activities Fee: $300 
**  Payable about 90 days after the date of enrollment.  

The link below leads to TADS, where you can begin by creating an account and reviewing the worksheet and application process.


Let’s begin the conversation about enrollment at Compass

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Compass School Vermont

General Inquiries:

(802) 463-2525

7892 U.S. Rte. 5

Westminster, Vermont 05159

Compass School Vermont
My son has grown and flourished because of the caring and supportive nature that is found at this organization - I can’t say enough about the school and the staff. I would recommend this school to anyone who is searching for an education that promotes a love of learning and individuality.
— Compass Parent