The opening of Compass Academy, the new magnet high school in Idaho Falls put District 91 in the spotlight last year.
As the school year starts to wind-down Compass Academy is opening their doors once again to let more freshman enroll for the 2013-2014 school year.
Well they’re opening their doors for about 150 new freshmen; and within the first two days of enrollment; more than 50% of the slots are already taken.
The students at Compass Academy are young, the entire student body is made up of freshmen and sophomores; but that’s not the only thing that sets this school apart.
“We use project based learning is our main means of instruction, so students work together in groups to solve real issues, real problems and create solutions to those problems through presentations, videos, products, whatever to solve issues in our community, in our school, wherever” said school director Matt Bertasso.
The school tries to mimic the real world as much as possible; each student has their own laptop given to them by the school where they can do homework, research and turn in assignments.
“We have AP classes, we’re working with some of the universities for dual enrollment classes, the high school is accredited, students can participate in athletics and social events at the other high schools so they’re not really missing out on anything by coming here” continued Bertasso.
During this week compass academy is accepting applications for next year for up to 150 new freshmen.
“We have a first come first serve of the first 60 applicants and then if we have over 150 total applications we’ll do a lottery for the other 90 spots” said Bertasso.
Compass Academy is holding an open house tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. for anyone who is interested and would like to learn more about the school.
The magnet high school is located at 955 Garfield in Idaho Falls.The deadline for applications is Friday, February 1st. You can take those applications to school district 91’s office on John Adams Parkway.