Bringing an Online Community Together: Compass Charter Schools

By: NSCW

Virtual school and homeschool groups approach National School Choice Week planning a little differently than traditional brick-and-mortar campuses. Though all students and staff are not usually in the same place, NSCW provides an opportunity for everyone to come together – physically or virtually – to celebrate their educational strengths.

“Enjoy the celebration with your scholars, families, staff, and community. Take advantage of the many resources available to really make the most of National School Choice Week at your school.”

Compass Charter Schools is a virtual charter school option that serves 1,100 students throughout the state of California. Even though students span much of the West Coast, National School Choice Week is a great reason for them all to unite.

“Compass Charter Schools participates in National School Choice Week to highlight the many choices that scholars and their families have in who they partner with, and to thank them for partnering with us.  This week is a celebration of their ability to choose and one of many ways for us to thank them,” said J.J. Lewis, president and CEO of Compass Charter Schools.

During the 2017 celebration, Lewis and staff looked for ways to tout the school’s successes and give students a chance to have some fun. The Western Association of Schools and Colleges Visiting Committee stopped by the central office for Compass Charter Schools in Fresno where Lewis and staff were able to show what makes the school a good fit for so many families in the state.

The staff members got in on the fun and performed a version of the NSCW 2017 song “Can’t Stop the Feelin’” by Justin Timberlake, complete with bright yellow scarves and smiles.

At the end of the week, families were invited on a large field trip outing to Legoland California in Carlsbad.

“Enjoy the celebration with your scholars, families, staff, and community. Take advantage of the many resources available to really make the most of National School Choice Week at your school,” Lewis said.

Celebrating NSCW as a Virtual or Homeschool Group

When it comes to celebrating National School Choice Week, there is strength in numbers – even if those students, parents and staff are not in the same physical space. Make sure your student body or members of your homeschool circles know about National School Choice Week and then coordinate ways to connect. Try a “Tweet Up” where everyone posts on a specific day about their choice in school on Twitter, or another platform like Facebook or Instagram. Plan an optional field trip, like Compass Charter did, so those who want to get together in person can (then make sure to take and post plenty of photos!). Any way to bring attention to the type of education your school offers is smart way to celebrate National School Choice Week.