FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1. Does Compass have bus transportation?
2. Do you provide busing for kindergarten students?
3. How do I get my student into Compass?
4. What are my chances of getting in?
5. Do you provide sports?
6. Are you part of the Meridian School District?
7. What are your class sizes?
8. How much homework will my student have?
9. Does Compass charge tuition?
10. What is the difference between a “traditional” school and a charter school?

1. Does Compass provide bus transportation?
Answer: Yes, however, our boundaries are much larger than traditional school boundaries, therefore, we have fewer group stops which may require you to drive to the closest stop.

2. Do you provide busing for kindergarten students?
Answer: Yes, with kindergarten being full day, kindergarten students may utilize bus transportation to and from school. In the afternoon, Brown Bus policy is to not allow kindergartners to be let off the bus without a parent picking them up at the bus door.

3. How do I get my student into Compass? 
Answer : As a charter school, Compass must follow the state law of holding a lottery for student enrollment. If you are interested in enrolling then you must complete an application to enter the lottery or to go on the waiting list if the lottery has already been held

4. What are my chances of getting in?
Answer: 
You always improve your chances when you submit an application. Chances are all based on the number of openings available in that class, the number of siblings, the number of applicants for the grade level, etc. There are many things that play into what your “chances” are for enrollment. All those things are out of your control and vary year to year and grade to grade. The only thing you can control is the actual submission of an application. Don’t let the idea that you won’t have a chance deter you from applying! 

5. Do you have any sports programs?
Answer: 
Yes. We do provide sports opportunities for our middle school and high school students. Due to the limitations of the facility, we are only able to provide:

  • Middle School = girls volleyball, boys & girls basketball, golf, cross-country, track, and cheer.
  • High School = girls volleyball, boys & girls basketball, golf, cross-country, and cheer.

We play in the Western Idaho Conference and are members of the Idaho High School Athletic Association as a 1A school.  We encourage our students who are interested in other sports to contact their “assigned” public school to ask about their sports program. Several Compass families have been successful with this approach.

6. Are you part of the Meridian School District?
Answer:
 No. Compass Public Charter School’s charter was authorized by the Idaho State Public Charter School Commission. They have oversight of our program and we function as a LEA. This means we are our own school district and are recognized as such by the State Department of Education.

7. What are your class sizes?
Answer:
K – 8th grade has 4 classes each
Kindergarten averages 26 students in each class
1st – 4th grade averages 28 students in each class
5th grade averages 30 students in each class
6th – 9th grade averages 32 students in each class
9th grade has 3 classes each
10th – 12th grade has 2 classes each
10th – 12th grade averages 30 students in each class

8. How much homework will my student have?
Answer: Beginning in kindergarten your students will have homework assignments each evening of the week. The amount is consistent in grades K-5. Each night your student will have reading and math homework. Of course the amount of time it takes for your student to complete the homework varies with the student, however we estimate 10 min. per grade. For example a 3rd grade student would have approximately 30 minutes of homework. Beginning in 6th grade the homework level will increase with added projects, assignments, etc. Homework is considered an extension of the classroom learning. Compass uses a direct teaching method in the classroom, which means learning takes place in a group setting. Homework gives each student an opportunity to “practice” what they have learned in the classroom. 

9. Does Compass charge tuition? 
AnswerNo, Compass is a public charter school with no fee to attend.

10. What is the difference between a “traditional” school and a charter school?
Answer: A charter school is founded by parents (in most cases) who are looking for something different than the traditional public schools have to offer. Charter schools usually have a specific focus for their educational program. The focus at Compass is kindness and high academic and behavior expectations.