Catapult Team a semi-finalist for $10m XQ Super School Project

April 27, 2016

Congratulations to Jan and her team!  

Jan Harrison's team was recently selected to move to the next round of competition in XQ: The Super School Project. Thousands of teams across the country responded to the XQ call to "re-think high school". These teams represent teams 59 different occupations -- educators, artists, engineers, service workers, parents and students. Five teams will be selected to develop promising new high school designs and turn their ideas into real Super Schools.



School Design Summary:

The question that students are asking in classes all over the country is: “Why do I need to learn this?”  Compass High School will provide them with the skills and opportunities to answer this question themselves.  Our 21st Century school is being designed by a diverse team of educators, students, artists, and community leaders in an entrepreneurial business incubator where we are embedding secondary education into real world problem solving and meaningful work.  Our mission is to help students discover learning with purpose; purpose driven by their passions and the needs of our increasingly complex world.  With the help and expertise of a “learning pit crew” (teachers, peers, and community mentors) our students, ages 11-19, will work in multi-age teams on interdisciplinary, contextually relevant projects that inspire deep learning of academic, social emotional, and 21st Century skills.


We are creating a small learning community where every student and family is known and valued, and equity and wellness are foundational to our high expectations of one another. Our schedule will support this goal by having flexible start and end times, and daily advisories with a cohort of peers and a staff learning coach.  Our school building will also support these goals; environmentally regenerative and as forward thinking in its approach to space and technology as it is responsive to adolescent needs. Of equal importance, the campus we are creating is porous and infinitely large; students will work in the local and global community as much as they will work in the building.  Collaborative, creative, and international in scope, Fort Collins’ business, nonprofit, artistic, and university partners are uniquely positioned to engage our students in meaningful project-based learning and internships. Compass High School is doing more than answering the relevancy question; it is preparing students and families to be adaptable, skilled, lifelong learners in our rapidly changing world.


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