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Compass School

3989 North Hampton Dr
Powell, OH 43065-8751

(614) 764-8844


Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Reggio-Emilia

Quality of Teaching

Individualized Teaching: From the Director

Teachers create lesson plans based on interests of each child that incorporate emergent literacy, music, art, dramatic play, sensory, motor development, science, nature, and math experiences into the classroom on a weekly basis.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

We offer a project-based approach, inspired by the Reggio method of educating the very young. Developed in Italy, this method respects the innate ability of children to explore and learn from the world around them. Rather than give them answers, we guide them as they question, discover, test and exhibit ideas in their own individual ways. Our curriculum is child-centered, in that students' interests and curiosity play a critical role in our lesson planning. Teachers collaborate, and design lesson plans that focus on what children are interested in while making sure to cover all disciplines in the course of their exploration, from math to science to music, art, drama and language. We feel this approach teaches children to explore topics in great detail and better equips them to become life-long learners who enjoy the educational process.

Home-School Connection

Home-School Connection: From the Director

Teachers communicate with parents in many ways. A curriculum journal in each classroom outlines what objectives were covered in areas such as language, math concepts, reading, music, drama, art, science and motor development. Parents can call each teacher's voice mail and hear a description of the day, learn of the progress made on projects and hear ideas that the parent may want to discuss with their child about the day's classroom activities. Each child also has a portfolio that stays with them throughout their Compass experience which is updated with digital photos, artwork, and other documentation to illustrate their learning, and is a record of their developmental milestones achieved each week. Parents can also view videotapes of projects and activities in the classroom each day for an additional connection with each child's experiences.


Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Extra staff dedicated to handle separation
  • Parents in classroom early on