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The COMPASS program is designed to help college-bound students find direction in their lives as scholars, creative individuals, and compassionate members of society.

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Community of Musicians, Performers, Artists, and Social Scientists

The COMPASS Mission

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. 

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2018 Norman Gottlieb Youth Art Show

We had a fantastic showing at the 2018 Norman Gottlieb Youth Art Show!
Of approximately 55 entries from our LBUSD high schools, our COMPASS artists took the following awards:
Rebecca Stevens- 2nd Place
Sarah Baldwin- 3rd Place
Shereen Moustafa- Honorable Mention
Asher Bequette- Alpert Jewish Community Center Board of Directors Award

2018 Norman Gottlieb Art Show

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Seven Local Students (Including Our Own Vanndearlyn Vong) Named CSULB President's Scholars

CSULB President s Scholars

Twenty-eight of the 32 California high school students selected for the President's Scholars program at CSULB for the 2017-18 academic year pose in front of the Walter Pyramid. Photo by Lalig Tarbinian.


California State University Long Beach continues to award full four-year scholarships to a select few highly accomplished California high school students under its President’s Scholars Program.


Of the coveted 32 selected for the 2017-2018 academic year, seven of the high school graduates are Long Beach and Lakewood residents: Kaylee Yap, Vanndearlyn Vong, Hannah Smith and Emily LaSalle from Millikan High School, Alexander Honeycutt from St. Anthony High School, Jao San Agustin from Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School, and Saira Monay from Jordan High School.


The President’s Scholars Program originated in 1995, in efforts to bring California’s scholastically outstanding individuals to the Long Beach campus. The recipients of the scholarship receive financial support in the form of individual award packages that may comprise a combination of one or more of the following: tuition waivers, campus housing allowances and subsidies for textbooks (or other essential course materials).


These students were chosen based on their qualifications as valedictorians or national scholars, and provided an exceptional financial aid package and academic experience.


Vanndearlyn Vong, daughter of Chilynna Lo, is from Long Beach, a member of the Visions Club, French Club, FOCUS, ASB and received highest honors all four years. Her volunteer work included working with COMPASS Capstone, the Khmer Parent Association, the Cambodian Advocacy Leadership Institute and interning for the office of Assemblymember Patrick O’Donnell. Vong has received an award for putting in more than 1,000 service hours, and plans to major in political science

COMPASS Boosters News and Events

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Hello COMPASS Students,

Check out the exciting upcoming COMPASS Events.  Come and support all the awesome things COMPASS is doing.


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Spotlight on COMPASS Student Shereen Moustafa

Shereen Moustafa - Artist

I’m Shereen Moustafa. I’m a junior 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 concepts to express my thoughts on certain issues or my feelings. I also compete in roller figure skating--a sport similar to ice figure skating and ballroom dance, but on quad roller skates and a wood floor. I placed first in my event at Nationals last Summer. I’m currently in my fifth year of competing. I really enjoy singing and I love musical theatre as well! I was in Millikan’s Thoroughly Modern Millie last year and I am a member of the Musical Theatre West Youth Ambassador Council. Last year, I pulled a group of Millikan students together to help me create a modern adaptation of the Les Misérables song One Day More, which can be found on YouTube. I enjoy photography and film, and I am fascinated by anything space-related, especially Mars and the extra solar planet missions. My favorite TV show is Sherlock and I love reading The Little Prince. Anything that has sugar or fluffy kittens are my weaknesses. I find that COMPASS brings a strong sense of community among different artists, and helps give opportunities for students to make friends and excel in their interests. Last year, and still now, I’ve learned a lot about time management and staying positive. Never sell yourself short, or you won’t be able to progress in your abilities. Be constructive.


Take a look at Shereen's amazing artwork!

Shereen Moustafa art 1

Shereen Moustafa art 2

Shereen Moustafa art 3

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Shereen Moustafa art 5

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For specific inquiries, please contact our lead teacher,          Mr. Genovese
Phone: (562) 425-7441 Ex: 4424