Compass Montessori School is a Preschool through 12th grade Colorado charter school that was approved by the Jefferson County School Board on December 11, 1997 and opened in the fall of 1998. 

The parents who created Compass Montessori are committed to the Montessori philosophy because of the positive learning experience their children have had in Montessori schools. In keeping with this teaching philosophy, the school's campus (the Wheat Ridge Pre-K through 6th Grade campus is located at 10399 West 44th Avenue in Wheat Ridge and the
Golden PreK through 12th Grade campus is located at 4441 Salvia Street in Golden) has ample space for indoor and outdoor education and play. 

Multi-age classrooms, with children acting as both students and teachers, foster a close-knit community where children learn to respect themselves, others and the environment. Children progress at their own pace, mastering a set progression of skills and learning objectives. This self-paced curriculum with traditional Montessori materials encourages independence, problem-solving, and a lifelong love of learning. Historically, Montessori elementary students do well compared to their elementary peers. Montessori schools are academically high-rated schools, and Compass Montessori plans to continue this tradition.

Mission Statement 
Utilizing authentic Montessori methods, the Compass community aims to nurture the whole child and enrich the lives of each student from Preschool to 12th grade. 
Compass will provide appropriate challenges and support to enable each student to prepare for the intellectual, spiritual, emotional, social, physical, and societal transitions appropriate to each student's inner vocation. Our goal is to foster competent, responsible, and independent citizens who love learning and respect themselves, other people, and their environment.

Children's House - Elementary

Children's House
The Montessori primary program is designed to be a three year program composed of children ages three to six years. In this setting the children naturally respect each other’s work and personal space. They take an active role in maintaining their environment, which is divided into four main areas: practical life, sensorial, language and mathematics. The basic academic curriculum is enriched by science, art, music, geography, and movement experiences.

Farm School - High School
Compass Montessori Farm School
Adolescence is the period of life during which young people make the transition from being children taken care of to being contributing members of their community. Importantly, this is the stage in which they must learn to experience themselves as different from, and able to function independently of, their parents. It’s not always comfortable, but adolescents need to make their own mistakes. 

Even in 1918, Dr. Montessori saw that adolescence was characterized by lethargy; as parents continued their loving care of their children by force of habit, and perfectly capable young adults allowed themselves to be waited upon in the absence of expectations to the contrary. For this reason, she envisioned the ideal school for young adolescents as a boarding program. Compass doesn’t have a boarding program, but we do have a commitment to helping our adolescents learn to care for themselves as much as possible in the social context in which they live and work. We ask that parents regard and respect the Farm School as the nurturing place for “baby adults,” most of whom, for a time, simply can’t perceive themselves as independent and responsible decision makers in the presence of their parents.

Compass Montessori High School
The abiding outgrowth of the success in Montessori elementary and junior high schools continues at the senior high level. The Montessori high school learning environment continues to create intellectually curious, engaged, philosophical and enquiring minds.

The well-rounded and complete liberal arts, college preparatory curriculum is designed and implemented by Montessori trained teachers. Our students work is designed to meet college freshman level standards. Along with rich and rigorous academic studies, students at Compass Montessori are required to complete the following work over the course of their three years of enrollment:

  • Weekly service projects
  • International travel to extend humanities or science studies
  • Career/internship
  • Design and implement a senior practicum which includes college classes and/or extended service work
  • Montessori Outcomes-Based Portfolio