The Compass School, Ashburn Virginia

We are a Reggio Emilia inspired early childhood school located in Ashburn, Virginia serving children aged 6 weeks through 12 years old.

Through the Reggio Emilia-inspired approach, children are given the tools and support to steer through their own distinct paths of discovery. Our project-based curriculum encourages children to be active participants in the learning process and to develop the skills needed to explore their ideas, interests, and questions in a meaningful way.

There was a Lizard Naming Ceremony in our plaza this morning. Compass community, please allow us to formally introduce Rosie the Anole Lizard and Griffin the Leopard Gecko!
. #thevotesarein #itsofficial #schoolpets #compasscreatures

The Week of the Young Child™ is an annual celebration hosted by The National Association for the Education of Young Children, celebrating early learning, young children, their teachers, and families. This year's event is April 16–20, 2018 and we have fun things planned in EVERY classroom, EVERY day. If you'd like to participate, volunteer, or just get the scoop on what your child's class is up to, don't hesitate to reach out to your teacher!

[04/14/18]   It’s PLAYGROUND DAY!
See you all between 9am and Noon- & don’t forget to bring your kite flying skills. ☀️🌈

[04/13/18]   Reminder: Tomorrow (Saturday, April 14th) is our first annual Playground Day, from 9am until noon. We hope to see you there; the weather is supposed to be gorgeous!

Our Art Studio Pre-K class celebrated a big victory this week. Their teachers, Miss Monica and Miss Fayzah, told them they could have their choice of “classroom party-“ and they chose canvas painting!

Druuuuuuuumroll, please...

Here they are, our new Plaza residents (And the subject of our recent #GuessOurPets trivia!)- the Anole Lizard and Leopard Gecko!

Stay tuned for names; each of our classrooms will be submitting their favorite for voting soon.

Thanks to your generous donations, The Compass School was able to drop off SIX BOXES of shoes to the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office / Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) GotSneakers shoe drive this morning. Thanks so much to everyone who helped this great cause! #CompassCares #GotSneakers

[03/27/18]   Great #GuessOurPets guesses so far, Compass families!
Here's a habitat clue for Pet #2:

"______________ are found from southern Georgia and Florida to the southern tip of Mexico and the Caribbean. They are native to Cuba, the Bahamas (and surrounding islands), and throughout the Caribbean."

[03/27/18]   Let's play #GuessOurPets, The Compass School edition!

New pet #1 is "a native of the rocky, dry grassland and desert regions of south-Asian Afghanistan, Pakistan, northwest India, and some parts of Iran."

Do you think you might know who he is??

The curious Arists of our Art Studio Pre-Kindergarten classroom were some of the first students to meet our new...


The Compass School welcomed not one but TWO new school pets today. Stay tuned to find out more about who they are- Or come sneak a peek at their new homes in the plaza during pick up or drop off this week!

Happy Spring Break, Loudoun County!

We are still accepting school age students (Kindergarten through age 12) for Drop-in Care this week. Mr. Matt and Miss Erin have some exciting plans ready; Come join in the fun!

The Compass School of Ashburn will be closed on Wednesday March 21, 2018 as a result of the winter storm. We apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause. We look forward to opening on time on Thursday. Thank you, and stay safe tomorrow! ❄️☃️

Meteorologists are predicting a possible 10 inches of SNOW in Loudoun County from tomorrow through Thursday. The Compass School will remain open as long as it is safe to do so- don't forget that older siblings and school age children can "Drop In" and spend any Snow Days here with us!

(Please just let a member of the Administrative Team know to expect them.)

Leave it to our Trailblazers Twos class to brighten up this grey and snowy morning! Ms. Zorana and Ms. Elizabeth helped them to throw an impromptu parade around campus today, waving rainbows and wishing everyone a "colorful day!"

This week I’ve had the amazing opportunity to visit our sister schools in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio, and today’s (last) stop is the Cyert Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. I am extremely excited to bring back the information and images from our trip to Ashburn, I’ll see you all on Monday! 💜

(Pictured: myself, Ashley V.—Director at Manassas, Carla Freund—Cyert Center Director, Bailey B.—Assistant Director at Manassas)

It's almost time for summer camp! We are now taking registrations for Compass Quest 2018- Ten weeks of cool themes, fun activities, and amazing field trips.

Camp activities are open to students from Kindergarten through age 12, whether they are currently enrolled or not yet part of the Compass family- so feel free to invite your friends along!

Don't forget: Family and Employee March Madness Brackets are due by noon tomorrow, March 15th, 2018. Please see a member of the Administrative Team if you have any questions- & good luck to everyone participating!

Tomorrow, March 14th, is Pi Day, Compass Families! We hope you'll join us for "Pi(e) in the Plaza" and grab a slice.

Don't forget about Spring Pictures this week! Our Pathfinders toddler class- with help from some older siblings- got the "picture party" started bright and early this morning in the school plaza...

We are so glad last week's weather is behind us! High winds prompted us to cancel a field trip to participate in a Dr. Seuss Read Across America event with our neighbors, Waltonwood Ashburn. Just when we thought our fun was done, the kind staff and residents of Waltonwood brought the party to us- braving the weather to come read with several of our classrooms and small groups.

Waltonwood, We would like you in a house; We would like you with a mouse. We would like you here or there; We would like you anywhere!

Dreary February weather aside, it's almost time for summer camp! We are now taking registrations for Compass Quest 2018- Ten weeks of cool themes, fun activities, and amazing field trips.

Camp activities are open to students from Kindergarten through age 12, whether they are currently enrolled or not yet part of the Compass family- so feel free to invite your friends along!

Today is the day!

[02/23/18]   🚨Don’t forget!🚨

Tomorrow (Saturday, February 24th) is Winter Open House at The Compass School. We will be there from 10:30am until 1:00pm with refreshments and activities for the whole family. Come have your face painted, jump in the moon bounce, or enjoy the fabulous “Meet and Greet” show with Reptiles Alive!

This is a free community event. All are welcome- so please bring your friends!

Our Think Tank Preschool classroom got their hands dirty answering questions about Earthworms with Ms. Selina last week!

"Where do Earthworms live? What do Earthworms eat? Do Earthworms have Valentine's Day parties underground?"

💘Happy Valentine's Day, Compass families!💘

The fun is already underway with our Love Mail station and Compass Cupids photo booth. (Both located in the plaza.)
We hope to celebrate with each of you during our class parties this afternoon!

Our Love Mail station is up in full force in the plaza! We have everything you need to make a Valentine's Day masterpiece (plus cute mailboxes to drop them in 😍) and will hand deliver them during our class parties on Wednesday afternoon.

Don't forget to drop by and craft a card for your favorite student, teacher, or friends!

Light and Shadow Play | The Compass School

How much do you know about our Light and Shadow Lab?

Read on to find out more about how our students use this exciting space to learn about the world around them- plus some ideas for Light and Shadow play at home! A Reggio-inspired classroom is one that has adopted the core values and beliefs of the Reggio Emilia approach. These values include the image of the child, emergent curriculum, project work, the role of the teacher, the role of the environment, parental involvement, and documentation. Each child is....

Our school age and PreK friends worked with a pastry chef to create their own gingerbread houses. Thank you for visiting Chef Cruz, we had so much fun!

The light and shadow room is the perfect place to go when you're exploring colors!

Our Sound Stage friends practiced number recognition by rolling dice and adding that number of spots to their cow while exploring farm animals. 🐮

Our toddlers explored corn today, and after taking off the husks they were able to roll them in paint. This was a fantastic sensory experience, where they could smell and feel the corn, then see the patterns of the kernels in the paint! 🌽🎨

“It’s TOO funny!” 🤣 Thank you Ms. Ruthie for the laughs!

Sound Stage friends were so creative with their building materials.

Fall explorations in our infant room are always fun!

🍁🍂Happy Fall! 🍂🍁 On Friday, we celebrated Fall with classroom parties, shadow puppets in the Light & Shadow Room, and clay pumpkin creations! 🎃

Today, we treated our teachers to Halloween-themed makeovers so they could be ready to pass out goodies, too!

Be SAFE, and have FUN! 👻

Sound Stage enjoyed reading Secret of the Apple Tree in our light and shadow room. They read using a flashlight to uncover hidden secrets throughout the book. While reading they practiced counting the different objects they discovered, then worked together identifying some of those numbers. And of course everyone had time to explore with different building materials!

We loved showing off our classrooms and working together to paint flower pots with our grandparents. Happy Grandparents Day!

Thanks for visiting Mr. B, we had so much fun making music with you!

After learning about emotions our twos classes were so surprised when their parents showed up to throw them a party!

Fairy Dust Teaching

“Play isn’t something we do to take a break."

Art studio friends were super creative in the light and shadow room today!

Fairy Dust Teaching

"Behind the Reggio Approach are strong educational theories, practices and methods. Here are the main principles and how teachers put them into action."

Our Inventor's Workshop friends explored roads, bridges, tunnels and ramps in our light and shadow room today! 🚧🏗⚠️

We have a winner! Last week, our Preschool/ Pre-K summer campers participated in our 2017 Compass School Bake off. Our Compass Foodies (members of our school age summer camp) judged the entries and awarded our Think Tank classroom with the Best Presentation and Sound Stage classroom with the Best Taste Award. Thank you, Compass Foodies and Summer Camp Bakers!

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44128 Navajo Dr
Ashburn, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 06:30 - 18:30
Tuesday 06:30 - 18:30
Wednesday 06:30 - 18:30
Thursday 06:30 - 18:30
Friday 06:30 - 18:30
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