Compass has forged several community partnerships since our opening in the fall of 2014. We are continually working to strengthen our community partnerships and to build new bonds with organizations in Fort Greene and beyond.
We are members of the Diverse Charter School Coalition. The Coalition provides resources and advocacy for charter schools with racially, culturally, and socio-economically diverse student populations. The Coalition provides an avenue for us to connect with schools around the country with a similar mission to create schools with diverse student populations.
Jaimie Cloud, founder of The Cloud Institute for Sustainability Education, has been working with the co-founders since before our school was open. We send a group of our staff to Cloud’s Summer Design Studio each year and Jaimie works with us several times throughout each school year to support us as we design and implement our integrated curriculum. We also use the Cloud Institute’s Education for Sustainability Standards to help guide our curriculum development process.
Beginning in the 2015-2016 school year, we launched a partnership with Mark Morris Dance Group. Each week, a dance specialist and drummer come to Compass to teach creative movement classes. Classroom teachers participate in the dance sessions and our children visit the Mark Morris Dance Studio at the end of each dance cycle.
We partner with Slow Food NYC’s Urban Harvest Program to support our kid-run farm stand in the fall and spring of each school year. This partnership provided seed money for us to start our farm stand and resources to bring farmers to our school to share their experiences with our children and strengthen our integrated curriculum.
Our partnership with the New Victory Theater allows our children to see at least one show at the theater each school year. Children see a variety of theatrical productions from various cultures around the world.
All of our children participate in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) throughout their time at Compass. This approach comes out of museum education and provides children time and space to have open-ended conversations about pieces of art. Each year, our coach visits us several times to provide guidance and our teachers receive training to strengthen their skills in this approach.