Message from the principal

Welcome To Compass High School! We have developed the programs and offerings to be one of the best alternative high schools, not only in the county, but in all of southwest Michigan. Alternative programs must do something different than traditional schools! 


Enrollment for a full-time student is 4 classes per day (on campus) five days per week.  Students will also be able to work off-campus through an on-line program called OdysseyWare or Edgenuity.  Our school day is scheduled from 7:40-12:53 with lunch being served after the school day is over.  We offer tutoring and mentoring from 1:30-2:00 for students who missed instruction or need individual help from teachers/staff.  The academic year consists of four nine-week quarters, and our graduation requirement is 19 credits.  For those seeking a GED, we are a GED testing site, and we offer preparation classes as well. Our school also offers a CNA class for those interested in the health field.

As you can see, we have many different offerings to fit your educational goals. It's never too late to better yourself! 

Jay Birchmeier


Application Process

It is strongly recommended that each applicant:

  1. Inform his/her home school regarding intent to apply for enrollment at Compass High School.

  2. Obtain one “letter of recommendation” that describe the strengths of the enrolling individual.

  3. Write a letter of interest to Compass HS describing why you should be enrolled.

** Individuals who wish to apply should contact the Compass office (250-8930) and schedule an appointment for a screening interview.

Bring to the screening interview:

  1. Parent or guardian if under 18 years of age

  2. Completed application form

  3. Copy of high school transcripts

  4. Copy of birth certificate

  5. Proof of residency – rent receipt, mortgage payment receipt, utility bill or property tax bill.

    We cannot use a drivers license or voter’s registration card.

  1. Copy of immunization records – your shots must be up-to-date!

  2. Letter of interest


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School Info

Compass High School
Jay Birchmeier, Principal

3010 Gull Road  [Map]
Kalamazoo, MI 49048

Phone: (269) 250-8930
Fax: (269) 250-8931

Hours of Operation:
Full Day: 7:40am - 12:53pm
Half Day: 8:40am - 11:40am

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