COMPASS (The Community of Musicians, Performers, Artists, and Social Scientists) is a small learning community focused on preparing students for life after high school by integrating core curriculum with the social sciences and the arts. The program places an emphasis on standards-based instruction while helping students to connect learning with real world situations. The arts are a vehicle for helping students to develop a sociological perspective that will allow them to gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.
All students enrolled in the COMPASS program are expected to meet the A-G requirements for UC admission. They are also expected to commit to developing their capacity for creative expression. As part of this commitment, COMPASS students are expected to follow a self-selected pathway in the visual or performing arts that will lead to at least intermediate skills in a specific artistic discipline. These pathways include: Visual Arts (fine arts or graphic arts focus); and Performing Arts (Drama, Dance, Instrumental Music, or Vocal Music focus).
COMPASS students are also expected to use their talents and skills in working with other artists to help improve the greater Long Beach community through arts-based community service.
Spotlight on COMPASS Student Shereen Moustafa
I’m Shereen Moustafa. I’m a sophomore in COMPASS. I’m currently in AP Studio Art at Millikan, and my favorite medium to work with is acrylic paint. I often combine realistic ideas with imaginative ...more
COMPASS Alumni Working in the Arts
Many of our COMPASS Alumni have gone on to be successful artists. Check them out.
Taylor Ann: Started her own face painting business.
Dylan Brownfield: Is working as a live sound engineer for the Young Americans
Dylan Wood: Recently started playing drums for the band Soko
Sheridan Riley: Is a drummer for Avi Buffalo and other projects.
Avi Zahner-Isenberg: Started the band Avi Buffalo, whom have recently released their second album.