• Compass Program

    The Compass Program at Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES is an alternative education program for middle and high school students who have experienced difficulty in attaining school success within a traditional learning environment. The program offers small class sizes and individualized support to help prepare students for a Regent’s diploma.

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    Instructional Information

    The Compass Program offers:

    • Small group instruction, at grade level, within a supportive setting
    • Increased student engagement created from a project-based learning model
    • Exposure to the community through public resources and academic field trips
    • Strong development of communication between home and school
    • Involvement in a full-day block schedule
    • A structured program environment with clear expectations
    • Accountability for individual actions

    Who Should Participate?

    Compass Program students who experience the most success typically meet one or more of the following characteristics:

    • Can be successful with grade-level academic work yet have failed to demonstrate the ability
    • May have a number of risk factors operating within their life setting yet are able to develop some positive relationships with peers and adults
    • Appear to not benefit from the traditional school environment
    • Can successfully interact with adults and peers in the community
    • Are actively seeking a high school diploma


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    P: (315) 255-7630

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    Senior Clerk
    P: (315) 253-0361 ext. 5100

    Beyond the Classroom

    • Career and college readiness
    • Positive incentive programs
    • Community outreach programs
    • Online learning for credit recovery and accrual
    • An opportunity for a variety of career explorations
    • Development of individual importance, self-esteem, and self-worth


    • Connection to CTE student leaders
    • Connection to CTE teachers
    • Connection to local industry and non-profit organizations
    • Connection to Higher Education
    • Connection to component schools, home, and community agencies


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