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The Compass School!

Admission by Lottery

The Compass School is a public K-8th grade charter school and in accordance with our charter, enrollment is through a lottery which is open to all RI residents. Any applicant not chosen is retained on the waiting list, which will not roll over from year to year. Applications are available for electronic submission.

The 2024-25 Charter School Common Application was available from November 14, 2023 through March 14, 2024 and the lottery was run on Monday, April 1, 2024. Families were notified of the results shortly thereafter. 

POST LOTTERY WAITING LIST IS NOW LIVE! If you are interested in placing your child on our post lottery waiting list, please find the application at EnrollRI.org.

The Compass School participates in EnrollRI, a Common Application for all charter schools.

EnrollRI was launched to ensure that access to Rhode Island Department of Education schools and programs remains easy, safe, and accessible for all families.

Learn more about EnrollRI participating programs for the 2023-2024 school year, and access program family information tools and resources at EnrollRI.org.

Enrollment in a charter public school is nonselective and conducted by random lottery. Participating charter schools will share a common application for the 2024-2025 school application process.

Application Timeline

Application Launch: November 14, 2023
Application Deadline: Thursday, March 14, 2024 @ 5PM
Charter School Lotteries: April 1, 2024
Please visit https://enrollri.org/charter for more information!
Use the Family Information Tool (FIT) to find the school(s) that meets the performance, accessibility, and programmatic targets you are seeking. Next, use the EnrollRI Common Application to apply to any participating charter schools you are interested in and for which your child is eligible to attend. Participating charter schools will hold their 2024-2025 admissions lotteries on April 1st and will communicate your student’s enrollment status soon after that.

Open House 

The Compass School hosted an Open House on Saturday, March 2, 2024.  Our next Open House will be held in early 2025.
This is a great opportunity for prospective parents to tour The Compass School, meet our Director, and learn more about the lottery process.
Last year our Saturday sessions were held as follows: 
  • 1:00 – 2:00 pm: Prospective Families with students entering K-4th grade 
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm: Prospective Families with students entering 5th – 8th grade 
  • If a family has prospective students in both age ranges, please attend the 2:30 – 3:30 session.
    Please dress and wear footwear that is suitable for the weather; the program will include a tour of the campus. 
    We encourage prospective students entering 4th – 8th grade to attend the Open House along with their families.  
    • For students entering K-2nd grade, we find that families can focus on the details best if the parents attend without their K-2nd grade children as the presentation is not geared toward early childhood. 
    • Note that ALL accepted students (K-8) and their families will be invited to Compass for an Accepted Families program in the Spring.
    Please RSVP by using this RSVP Link so that we can staff the event accordingly and we can communicate any weather-related cancellations to you.  We look forward to seeing you!

    Take a look at our Compass School Virtual Open House and PBS Documentary

    Virtual Open House

    Virtual Open House

    Rhode Island Classroom 302 Compass School

    Uploaded by Kathleen Alvarez on 2023-02-06.