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Enrollment

2023-24 SCHOOL YEAR

Round 2 for the 2023-2024 is currently in session for KG-12th Grade. Round 2 started January 19, 2023- and ends August 31, 2023. 

 
2024-25 SCHOOL YEAR

(All enrollment details are subject to change per Jeffco)

Compass Montessori participates in the Jeffco Public Schools Enrollment Process for Preschool - High School. 

  • December 5, 2023 Round 1 opens for Pre-K through 12th grade for the 2024-25 school year
  • January 12, 2024 Round 1 closes for Pre-K through 12th grade for the 2024-25 school year
  • January 18, 2024 Round 2 opens for Pre-K through 12th grade for the 2024-25 school year
  • January 23, 2024 Results/offers sent out to families for Pre-K through 12th grade via email
 
For EnrollJeffco 2023-2024 submissions and questions, please visit www.enrolljeffco.org 
 
Families should complete the application through EnrollJeffco
 
Pre-K Enrollment Interest Form - If you are looking for the interest form for our preschool program's enrollment details regarding the 2024-25 school year, we no longer need to keep you informed separately! All three and four year old prospective students will complete the EnrollJeffco application along with all other grades. This is inclusive of PreK 4-year olds (UPK) for state funding. If you have a four-year old and are applying for the state funding through UPK, you only need to complete the EnrollJeffco application. 
 
TOURS - All levels & Staff-Led
Tours for the 2024 - 2025 enrollment season will be as follows: 
 
  • November 15th - Golden
  • November 29th - Wheat Ridge
  • January 10, 2024 from 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM PM & 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM at the Wheat Ridge & Golden campus 
 
TOURS - Secondary Levels & Student-Led
(These tours are designed for students to have the opportunity to see the classrooms in action.)
Tours for the 2024 - 2025 enrollment season will be as follows: 
  • November 7, 2023 from 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - RSVP HERE
  • November 30, 2023 from 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - RSVP HERE
  • January 9, 2024 from 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM - RSVP HERE
 
You can also watch the video at the bottom of this page to get a glimpse of our campuses. 
 
VIDEOS ABOUT COMPASS
 
Virtual Information Session for Prospective Families for 2024-25 - If you are looking for more information about our school while planning for the 2024-25 school year, please watch this Virtual Information Session, presented by our Leadership Team Kymm Garcia (Principal, Golden Campus), Amy Fleig (Principal, Wheat Ridge Campus) and Dr. Cameron Gehlen (Executive Director). 
 
Town Hall - State of the School Presentation - If you'd like to review the outcomes from the 2022-23 State of the School Town Hall presentation, click HERE. This presentation offers an overview of outcomes, celebrations, athletics, and highlights for each level during the 2022-23 school year. Many prospective families find this information helpful. 
 
What is Compass High School? - Compass High School student, Camdan Mead created THIS VIDEO for you to learn more about how our Montessori high school operates. 
 
ENROLLMENT FAQs
 

Can I apply to a specific campus or put in a request for a certain campus at Compass Montessori? 

We do not take requests and spots are offered based on availability. When students are offered a spot at Compass Montessori School - you may be offered a spot at our Golden campus or our Wheat Ridge campus, based on where we have availability for you (not based on applicant’s preference).  

What if I get offered a spot at one campus, but was hoping for the other campus and I decline the offer? 

You forfeit your spot. 

Can I request a part time program for my student (instead of full day)? 

We only offer a full time five-day-per week program for all students. The consistency and repetition is an important part of acclimating students to their learning environments and is consistent with an authentic Montessori experience. If you are a parent/guardian of a preschooler and you're feeling nervous about this, we'll help you through the transition and have systems in place to make it easy on you and the children. We ask for your partnership on this. They'll be high fiving you and proudly walking through the front doors on their own before you know it! 

If I have more than one child, and we are offered two different campuses, is there ever a chance they will be reunited? 

Families of PK-6 grade students enrolled at both campuses may apply for reunification the following school year, and approval is based on availability (which can be rare). 

What should I know about Compass and a Montessori education before applying? 

It’s really important that parents and guardians educate themselves on whether Montessori is right for them. We have some helpful information on our website (Why Montessori and About Compass) to help guide you. But, we encourage all families to do a deep dive into how a Montessori learning environment is different from most traditional schools. We offer a couple of Parent Education opportunities each year, but these workshops are only meant to compliment what you are already learning on your own. 

We want it to be a good fit in both directions. We believe wholeheartedly in this method of teaching, and we watch it work for countless students. To be successful, parents and guardians must learn to let their child lead, consider their child’s developmental stage and be ready to let go of doing everything for their child. Many parents struggle with this, and that can be an obstacle for some new parents in a Montessori learning environment. 

Is Compass Montessori a public or private school? 

Compass Montessori is a Jeffco Public School charter school. We are not a private institution. 

How many students attend Compass Montessori? 

We have about 700 students on our Golden and Wheat Ridge campuses from Children's House (Pre-K) through High School. 

What is the typical class size for students at Compass Montessori? 

On average our Children's House and Elementary classrooms have about 30 children in them, and two teachers (plus aides who float in during other parts of the day). Our Farm School offers three occupations with about 50 students in each, and three guides (teachers). Our high school operates like a small liberal arts college, and students rotate through their work in small groups guided by their own intrinsic motivation in partnership with their guides and advisors. 

 
TUITION & FEES
 

Compass Montessori School 2023-24 Tuition Fees

 

Children's House Full-Day Primary (3-year-olds)

  • $1,015.00 monthly, paid August-May*

  • $10,150.00 annually

Children's House Full-Day Primary (4-year-olds)

  • $1,015.00 monthly, paid August-May*

  • $10,150.00 annually 

  • Partial tuition for some paid through UPK, tuition rates vary per family 

Children's House Full-Day Kindergarten (5-year-olds)  Must be 5 by October 1st to be KG eligible

  • No tuition

 

Compass Montessori School 2024-25 Tuition Fees

(Our Children's House program is full-time only.)

 

Three-year-old (all)

$12,000/year ($1,200/month - Aug through May)

Four-year-old with UPK

$6,200/year ($620/month - Aug through May)

Four-year-old without UPK

$12,000/year ($1,200/month - Aug through May)

Kindergarten

No tuition

 

 
OTHER FEES
 
Other fees to consider for all levels are:
  • Material fees (in lieu of traditional school supplies) $200- $400 depending on level
  • Trip fees (3rd -12 grade students go on one or two overnight trips each school year at Compass. Trip costs vary from $50 - $400, depending on the level and destination. High School trips may be higher.)
  • Field/day trips (field trips are an important part of our Montessori curriculum, so expect several a year)
  • Hot lunch fees ($4.00 - $5 each day. We do not participate in School Cafe, but instead serve a healthy, fresh food menu monthly. You may participate in our hot lunch program or pack your child's own lunch.)
  • Extracurricular (Optional after school enrichment classes, athletics programs, clubs such as Destination Imagination, etc)
 
TWO CAMPUSES
When students are offered a spot at Compass Montessori School - you may be offered a spot at our Golden campus OR our Wheat Ridge campus, based on where we have availability for you (not preference). You must be ready to attend either campus, depending on what we have available. 
 
Compass educates students from Children's House to High School on two campuses - see below. 
 
Wheat Ridge Campus
Children's House Pre-K (3 & 4 year olds) & Kindergarten
Lower Elementary 1st - 3rd grade
Upper Elementary 4th - 6th grade
 
Golden Campus 
Children's House Pre-K (3 & 4 year olds) & Kindergarten
Lower Elementary 1st - 3rd grade
Upper Elementary 4th - 6th grade
Farm School (7th - 9th grade)
High School (10th - 12th grade)
 
Children's House (Preschool) students must be three years old by October 1st, to enroll for the Fall. Students must be fully independently potty trained due to state licensing requirements. All Children's House (preschool) programs are full day, five days per week. We do not offer a part time Children's House program. 
 
Golden Campus
Golden Campus 
 
Wheat Ridge Campus
Wheat Ridge Campus

ENROLLMENT WITH STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

As a part of the enrollment process, after a student has been offered a space, parents or guardians will be asked to notify the school if their child is on a 504 or an IEP. Jeffco Schools will request further information to ensure that the school can service the student’s needs. These considerations will be reviewed on a case by case basis by Jefferson County Schools.

Please read more in the document attached below.