Direct Giving

We hold our Annual Direct Give Campaign each fall and reach out to each family in our community to ask for a one time or recurring donation. These gifts, no matter how small, add up when the whole of our community participates at some level.

Your gift will be used to help the operations of the school in addition to funding grants such as teacher training scholarships and special projects.


Embrace the Eccentricity that is Compass Montessori!

Let’s face it, you could send your child to a school with desks and textbooks and daily homework and
designated times to learn specific subjects. Instead, you chose a school with rugs and beads and alpacas
and AWOLs. For students from ages three through 18, Compass takes a different approach to shaping
aware, engaged citizens of the world.

Yes, Compass is a little weird, and that’s the way we like it. But this uniqueness comes at a cost. Two
teachers in every classroom. A variety of high-quality, age-appropriate materials to guide hands-on
learning. Specialized training for teachers. Trips to get students out in the world.

CMEF is launching our end-of- year giving campaign by inviting you to Keep Compass Weird. We want
every family to get involved by giving something—anything. We will reward participation with special
treats for donors that are unlocked when we hit key milestones—at 50, 100, 200 donors.

Help us Keep Compass Weird by making a recurring donation today!

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  • Compass Montessori is the only public school in the United States that provides a seamless Montessori education for children Pre-K through 12th grade.
  • Compass teachers are paid less than the average for our county, and most are not being paid for their years of experience.
  • Approximately 25 percent of Compass students qualify for free or reduced lunch.
  • Compass receives the same funding per pupil from the state and county, but, unlike traditional public schools, it is responsible for operating its own facilities.
    And yet…
  • Compass high schoolers score above average on the SAT.
  • The Compass class of 2013—comprising just 25 students—was awarded more than $1,000,000 in merit-based scholarships for their four years of college study.
  • The average student-to-teacher ratio is 16-to-1.
  • Compass does not “teach to the test.” But our children continue to stay on par with other public schools in the district and state.
  • Compass families commute from nearly 60 zip codes to participate in our dynamic educational community. Several families have moved across the country to be here.