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Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 03/24/2024

Compass students got to meet Ocean Invertebrates last week in the Animal Kingdom Alive program! Kids met crabs, conchs, mussels, sponges, sea stars, and more. The critters that couldn't be petted were in a tank at the front of the room and projected on a giant screen for everyone to see.

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 03/24/2024

Congratulations to the 25 students who took the national Math Kangaroo competition tests at Compass last Thursday!

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 03/19/2024

There is still time! Spring Compass Classes begin this week. Last minute, same-day, walk-in, and late registrations welcome for innovative, interactive classes for homeschooled kids in grades K-12. Come see us in Herndon!

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 03/09/2024


Spice up your summer schedule and sneak in some creative, hands-on learning with Compass Summer Workshops. Registration opens on Tuesday morning, March 12 at 6:00 am, and an early registration discount is offered through April 26.

Compass is offering more than 60 short, specialty programs. These are 1, 2, 3, and 4 half-day workshops for grades K-12 that you can fit in between travel, swimming, and other summer plans. Kids will enjoy the 2- and 3- hour formats exploring creative topics not offered during the regular Compass year. Summer workshops will take place during the weeks of June 10, June 17, August 5, and August 12. Flier in comments.

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 03/09/2024

Congratulations to Sabrina, the Compass Senior Spelling Bee Champion for 2024. Sabrina will represent Compass at the Fairfax County Spelling Bee on March 17. The official bee pronouncer was Charlotte Walsh, a Compass freshman who participated in 8 consecutive bees and went on to place 2nd in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in 2023. Congratulations also go to Caroline and Rachel who were the co-champions of Compass's Junior Spelling Bee the prior week. As co-champions, the two were invited to compete in the Senior Bee. These were Compass's 10th junior bee and 10th senior bee!


Kindergartners Piper and Amari were this week's helpers to assist the director in feeding and caring for Compass's lab animals- a hamster, a toad, and two lizards.

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 03/09/2024

Ponies came to Compass this week to wrap up Mrs. Shumway's "Vet 'Ventures: Horse (Equine) Doctor" classes. Students got to review care, feeding, saddles/gear, and everyone's favorite- grooming- with real life horses. Miniature horse "Olaf" and Shetland pony "Party" left looking very spiffy after being brushed and petted by adoring future vets.

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 03/09/2024

Teens in Culinary Foundations had a Chilli Cook-Off this week! 3 judges tasted the students' unique, self-created recipes ranging from a vegetable chilli, turkey chilli, and beef recipes. Chilli #1 by Lousia and Scarlett was selected as the favorite. Their creation included the secret ingredients of cornmeal and cocoa powder. Judges agreed to adopt group #2's tip for topping chilli with chopped crispy bacon. Yum!


Children in the "Globetrotters Kids Geography" wrapped up the study of England with tea and scones!

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 02/25/2024

Teens are having a lot of fun at this evening’s Winter Waltz. The chocolate fountain and photo booth were favorites

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 02/21/2024

There was a lot of interest and excitement about band at today’s instrument test drive!


REMINDER: Band Instrument Test Drive Event This Afternoon (Feb. 21)
Remember that today, Wednesday, February 21, is your child’s chance to touch a trombone, hold a horn, click a clarinet, and strike a snare! Try these instruments and others at today’s Instrument Test Drive at Compass. Representatives from the Music & Arts store will have test instruments set up in Suite D near the main desk from 1:00 pm- 3:00 pm. Location is 520 Herndon Parkway, Suite D. This is a drop-in event open to all homeschoolers, whether or not they take classes at Compass yet.

Students will have an opportunity to handle and try different instruments. The new Compass band director, Jessica Eastridge, will be on hand to answer questions about the spring band clinics, summer band camp, and Compass’s plans for a 2024-25 homeschool concert band. While the fall band is projected for students in 4th-8th grades, we will be keeping a list of interested older or younger students so Compass can consider other level bands or smaller ensembles.

This Test Drive event introduces students to the choices of band instruments. Band is often cited as a school experience that parents worry that their homeschooled kids will miss out on. For those considering the 2024-25 homeschool band, Compass is offering three, 8-week spring clinics to introduce students in 4th-8th grades to their new instruments. Register online for:

- Band-Ready Spring Clinic: Percussion (Mondays, 10am starting March 18)
- Band-Ready Spring Clinic: Woodwinds (Mondays, 11am starting March 18)
- Band-Ready Spring Clinic: Brass (Mondays, 12pm starting March 18)

Compass is also host to the Dulles Area Summer Band Camp, scheduled from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm the week of July 29 – August 2. Registration begins March 5.

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 02/17/2024

A strange coincidence that heart dissection was scheduled during Valentines week! Students in Anatomy & Physiology dissected and compared sheep hearts and cow hearts.

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 02/16/2024

Members of the Compass Alpha Rho chapter of the homeschool honor society made 4 batches of cookies this afternoon. The cookies are bing delivered to the Embry Rucker homeless shelter in Reston.


Compass will open on time today, Tuesday, February 13. Classes begin at 10:00 am, so we have a built-in delayed start. There is a light snow fall, but the day's temperatures will remain above freezing, so we do not anticipate any problems. Our families commute from all around the region so, as always, they are advised to make their own determinations based on the conditions in their neighborhoods.

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 02/12/2024

The Commons area has been transformed in our annual Valentines post office. Let the card exchange begin!

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 02/09/2024

Coming Soon...The 2024 Junior and Senior Homeschool Spelling Bees will be held this month at Compass in Herndon. This year, Compass welcomes a special guest to the bees! Spelling super star, Charlotte Walsh, was the 2nd place winner in the 2023 National Scripps Spelling Bee. Charlotte is a Compass high school student who participated in the Compass bee for eight consecutive years and went to the national competition three times! She will serve as the bee pronouncer.

The bees are open to all homeschooled students in northern Virginia. The top two finalists from the Junior Bee will be invited to participate in the Senior Bee, and the winner of the Senior Bee will go on to compete at the Fairfax County bee. The Junior Spelling Bee is for students under age 9. The Senior Spelling is for students ages 9-14.
• Junior Spelling Bee: Wednesday, February 21, 4:00 pm – 4:45 pm
• Senior Spelling Bee: Wednesday, February 28, 4:00 pm- 6:00 pm

Register online on the Community ->Activities Tab.

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 02/08/2024

At today's Middle School Meet-Up, tweens stayed after class to paint canvases and socialize. Middle schoolers could chose from watercolor or acrylic paints, and there were as many designs as tweens!

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 02/08/2024

On Monday, Advanced Baking & Pastry teens brought in their twist on Tea Cakes. In class they learned a basic recipes and were all challenged to alter and test original creations. Diana's Blueberry-Lemon Tea Cake won the showdown! If that wasn't enough sweets or tantalizing aromas from the teaching kitchen, the group then baked in-class mini Upside Down Pineapple Cakes and Upside Down Pear Cakes!


The young chefs in Global Gourmet made scrumptious fried rice this afternoon!

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 02/08/2024

Tuesday was demonstration day in Beginner 'Bots. Students tested and raced their robotic drag race cars!

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 02/08/2024

Congratulations to 6th grader George G. who won the 11th annual Compass Homeschool Geography Bee on January 31.

Photos from Compass Homeschool Program's post 01/29/2024

Compass families: check your email for a link to sign up for the annual Compass Valentines Exchange!


Coming Soon: 2024 Homeschool Geography Bee

Do you know all the states and seas? Do you enjoy learning countries and capitals? Do you know the difference between Budapest and Bucharest? Do you like to study borders and boundaries; topography and tributaries; weather patterns, waterways, and wonders of the world? If so, then you would enjoy the 12th annual Homeschool Geography Bee!

Homeschooled geography enthusiasts are invited to register for the 2024 Greater Fairfax Homeschool Geography Bee. This is a fun, low-pressure local bee that welcomes homeschooled kids from Virginia, Maryland, DC, and West Virginia.

Date: Wednesday, January 31

Time: 4:00 pm- 5:30 pm

Location: 510 Herndon Parkway, Suite C

Registration: Students must be pre-registered to participate. There is a fee of $10.00 for Compass students and $20.00 for non-Compass students to cover the cost of hosting the bee.


- Questions will be taken from past year’s official National Geographic Bee contests. The format will be oral Q & A. There will be a few practice, warm-up rounds before competition questions are asked.
- The Bee will consist of practice, final, and championship rounds, to obtain a single, bee winner.
- Homeschooled students in 4th- 8th grades may participate.
- This is a local bee only. The winner will not advance to further tiers of competition.
- All participants will receive a certificate and small gift. The bee winner will receive an additional gift and trophy.


Compass Closed Today, Jan. 19, 2024

All in-person Compass classes and activities scheduled for today, Friday, January 19, will be cancelled because of this morning's ongoing snowfall and additional accumulation throughout the area.

We look forward to returning next week, and welcome families to still register and join us for 3rd quarter. The missed Friday clases will be made up on Friday, March 15, at the same times and same rooms as scheduled.


Compass Closed Today, Jan. 16, 2024
All in-person Compass classes and activities scheduled for today, Tuesday, January 16, will be cancelled because of last night's snow accumulation and unplowed neighborhood streets throughout the region.

We look forward to starting 3rd quarter classes tomorrow, Wednesday, January 17. The missed Tuesday clases will be made up on


Compass Closed Today, Jan. 15, 2024

All in-person Compass classes and activities scheduled for today, Monday, January 15, will be cancelled. This morning’s light snowfall and below freezing temperatures have left slushy and icy patches on the roadways. In addition, the property managers at Compass’s Herndon facility will not be plowing the parking lots or treating the sidewalks today because of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Enjoy the stay-home day and watch announcements for a possible additional cancellation of Tuesday classes and events because of the next predicted wave of wintery weather.

The Monday missed classes will be made up on Monday, March 11 at the same time, same rooms as scheduled.


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Compass Homeschool Program offers homeschool families in the metro DC area a menu of more than 100 high quality, experiential classes. All classes are taught by qualified, professional instructors who are subject matter experts and teaching artists who offer engaging, interactive small group classes in core, elective, and enrichment topics such as: science, technology, math, English, foreign languages, history, art, music, chess, dance, fitness, cooking, and more.

Classes are taught in Oakton in a 4-quarter, 30 week academic year which meet on Monday (career exploration); Wednesday (K-12th grade); and Friday (8th-12th). All classes are offered a la carte so homeschool families can mix and match. Compass classes give students a taste of group learning in a classroom on a campus setting with like-minded homeschooled peers. Compass families also enjoy a warm, welcoming community that enjoys special programs, activities, events, and academic clubs/contests. Compass classes are organized by homeschool parents for other homeschool families. Compass Homeschool Enrichment program is a secular, inclusive program.

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520 Herndon Parkway
Herndon, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 9am - 5pm
Tuesday 9am - 5pm
Wednesday 9am - 5pm
Thursday 9am - 5pm
Friday 9am - 5pm
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