There are 16 weeks of classes in the fall semester and 16 weeks in the spring semester. Tuition is divided into 4 equal payments each semester and is to be paid on the first meeting day of each month.
On Wednesday Elective Day, teachers are considered independent tutors and are paid directly by the parents. Payment envelopes marked for each teacher are located next to the sign-in table. Please make sure your tuition payments are placed in the teachers' envelopes and you have included your child's name on the memo line of the check. If paying in cash, please put the cash in a small envelope (available at the table), and label with the student's name so you are properly credited.
Teachers may charge a supply fee to cover the cost of materials used for the class. These fees should be paid before the first day of class, or with the first month's tuition at the latest. Supply fees are usually a one-time fee, although some teachers may break the year's supply fee up into two payments, to be paid in the fall and again in the spring. Supply fees are listed on the class descriptions.
Tuition for Monday Academic Program is a monthly* fee paid to Compass. Parents are responsible for providing all required textbooks and materials. You may pay by check or online though the website’s Payment Center.
*All classes on Mondays are also available a la carte for families who ar just looking for one or two courses.
Upon arrival, please come to the Fellowship Hall Building and stop by the sign-in table where you will sign in your children and receive name tags for them. The tags have the students’ schedules printed on the backside, complete with room numbers. This helps us know exactly who is on campus at all times and make sure everyone is in the right place at the right time.
Your children can be picked up in the same location where you sign them in - the foyer of the Fellowship Hall. When you pick them up, you will sign them out and return their tag. We will not allow children to be dismissed outside until their parents have picked them up.
High school students are allowed to sign themselves
in and out.
When you drop off your child at Compass, we take that responsibility very seriously. We check attendance during every class to make sure that all students are accounted for. Any student on campus must either be in a class, in study hall, with a parent, or in the lunchroom (during lunchtime). Study Hall is available for $10/month.
Students who are waiting for their parents to pick them up must wait inside the front area. We do not dismiss children outside until the parent has come for them.
High school students are allowed to sign themselves in and out. If a high school student has a gap in their schedule, we have provided a High School Lounge where these students can stay to read, study, or do other quiet activities in between their classes. High school students on campus must be either in their assigned class, with a parent, in the high school lounge, or in the lunch room (during lunch time).
Teachers plan their classes and purchase supplies based on the number of students who sign up for the class. For that reason, we ask that you carefully consider which classes you sign up for and be willing to commit to those classes for the semester. However, we also realize that sometimes a class doesn't "fit" a child, and you may not know until classes start. For that reason, we give a 4-week grace period but ask that you use it very cautiously.
If you wish to change classes within the first four weeks of class, you will owe the teacher the supply fee (because he or she purchased the supplies for the class with the assumption that your student would be there for the whole term) and the first month's tuition.
If you wish to change or drop a class AFTER the first four weeks, you are responsible for paying the remainder of the tuition for the semester.*
*Exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis for situations such as loss of job, death in the family, out-of-area move, etc.
Parent volunteers are essential to help Compass provide a safe environment for your children. A link to the volunteer sign up sheet will be emailed to all the parents as well as posted on our Facebook page. We have multiple volunteer opportunities including daytime and evening events, so parents can select the times that best fit their schedule. When you volunteer, you may be asked to help at the sign in table, monitor hallways or lunch, assist in a classroom, help clean up, or supervise events. All volunteer time slots are approximately 3 hours long, and we ask each family to sign up for at least 2-3 times per semester.
In the event that you cannot (or choose not to) meet your volunteer obligations, you can pay $40/semester.
Yes! Lunch is a great time for students to develop friendships. Students who will stay on campus for lunch must provide their own lunch. Please indicate that your child will stay on campus for lunch when registering so we can plan accordingly. We have two dining rooms available. Students in grades K4-6 will eat in Room 301; students in grades 6-12 will eat in Room 301. Students are expected to stay in the lunchroom during lunchtime and clean up their trash when they are done.
Compass may cancel classes due to severe weather. We monitor the Clarke County and Jackson County School systems, and we will typically cancel classes when their schools are closed.
We have a make-up day scheduled during the Spring semester. In the event that classes are cancelled earlier in the year, we will use the make-up day. If needed, we will add extra Monday or Wednesday class days to the end of the Compass calendar in order to make up for missed classes.
In the event that an individual teacher cannot make it to class, we typically arrange for a substitute to provide a relevant lesson for the class. If an emergency situation arises and no sub is available, the class may go to study hall for the one period.
In order for all students to enjoy their classes and activities at Compass, it is imperative that students conduct themselves appropriately at all times. If a student’s behavior causes consistent disruptions or conflicts, then the teachers or directors may contact the parents directly to arrange a suitable plan to improve the child’s behavior.
If the child’s behavior does not improve, Compass and its teachers reserve the right to remove the child from any and all classes and activities. Parents will be refunded the prorated balance of monthly tuition.
As far as allergies go, we ask parents to provide Compass with a list of any known allergies, and we will pass this information along to the teachers within the first month of classes, so they can make accommodations for any lessons that involve food or other materials. If you have any concerns, please speak with the teachers or directors. As we share a space with a church and another homeschool group (who uses it on different days), we cannot guarantee that our facility is a peanut-free/nut-free zone.
We are excited that so many of our students participate in terrific extra-curricular activities such as sports, scouts, etc. If your child is involved in a fundraiser for their group, we ask that they not sell their products at/during Compass. Selling during Compass can distract from classtime, and it can also put the teachers in an awkward position, especially when they have multiple students involved in the same troop/program (how many tins of gourmet popcorn can one teacher buy?) If you would like to privately email your children's teachers to let them know about the fundraiser, you are welcome to do so, but please keep sales discreet.