Compass Charter School in Fort Greene is an intentionally diverse charter school where all classrooms are integrated classrooms with one special education teacher and one general education teacher. The school was founded in 2014, currently runs 2 sections with 26 kids per classroom in each grade serving Kindergarten to 3rd Grade. The school is growing one grade per year and will have around 300 students at full capacity.
The inquiry-based curriculum has a strong focus on sustainability and the arts, following the Common Core Standards. The school combines narrative student reports with grades. Optional homework starts in 2nd Grade.
The school provides extensive services for children with a range of learning needs including speech therapy, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, social workers and more.
Classrooms feature wooden toys, beanbags and wooden furniture. The school has sustainability, arts, music and dance cluster rooms, a library, a learning support room and will add a theater room next school year. The school is co-located at 300 Adelphi Street in Fort Greene in the building with two public schools and shares cafeteria, school garden and outdoor spaces with those schools.
School hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 am to 4 pm and Wednesdays from 8 am to 1 pm. An onsite after school program by Kids Orbitz is available until 6 pm daily. Early drop-off starts at 7.20 am. Kids have recess twice daily. The school has three bus routes currently, one of them via Brooklyn Heights and Vinegar Hill.
Families with children born in 2012 who live in District 13 can apply for the lottery online by April 1st, 2017. Siblings and children who qualify for free and reduced lunch (40% of the seats) have priority. All accepted families will receive a tour.
All Charter School lottery applications close April 1st, 2017. For more information about local Charter School options, download our Charter School Guide here.