SUHSD Compass Program 2016

The Sequoia Union High School District Compass Program is a 19-day transition-to-success program for incoming ninth-grade students. The main emphasis of Compass is to provide incoming 9th grade students with the opportunity to acclimate to their new high school environment through both academic and social interaction activities.

Compass students are pre-selected based on middle school recommendation, reading and math test scores. Students who qualify will be notified by their assigned high school.

Eligibility is determined by the district and pre-selected students who are eligible will be notified by the appropriate school site. This program is not open to all incoming 9th grade students.

Students will receive up to five elective credits toward high school graduation.

Compass will be held at each of the following sites: Menlo-Atherton, Sequoia, Woodside, and Carlmont.


June 14 - July 12, 2016 (no school on July 1 or July 4)

Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

2016 SUHSD Summer Compass Application

Please note: Students are selected to participate in the Compass program using the following criteria:

1. Recommendation by their middle school administration

2. Reading scores below a 7.0 grade level as tested on the GMRT reading test.

3. Math scores below a 14 on the MDPT math test.

In filling the programs spots with students, those who qualify for #1 will be the first to gain entry. Those students who qualify for #2 will be second and #3 will be third until the program is full.
Please complete the Compass application. All applications should be mailed to:

District Summer Compass Coordinator
480 James Avenue
Redwood City, CA 94062

Compass Staff

Click the name to send an email message:
Kruse-Silva, Gigi
Charles, Tara
Menlo-Atherton High School

Talesnick, Alissa
Sequoia High School
Ext. 22310 

Ken, Anne

Compass Parent Workshops

The Sequoia Union High School District Parent Coordinator, Carmina Chavez, conducts parent workshops geared toward providing information on meeting success in high school while Compass is in session. Topics include:

  • Graduation requirements
  • Transcript forms
  • Progress reports
  • How to find money for college
  • Attendance and discipline policies
  • College information
  • Campus tours
  • What students will learn in Compass
For more information on parent workshops, please contact Carmina Chavez at 650.369.1411 ext. 22293 or through email.

Compass Transportation to/from EPA

  • Summer School Bus Transportation
    This link will take you to the summer school transportation schedules to Carlmont, Menlo-Atherton, Redwood, and Woodside High Schools.
Summer transportation via bus is also available to take students directly to the Club House after-school sponsored activitie by the Boys' and Girls' Club in EPA.

Additional Summer School Programs

Some school sites offer additional programs for incoming 9th graders in addition to the Compass program. Below is a link to the SUHSD Summer School Programs. Please see the section titled SUMMER PROGRAMS FOR INCOMING 9th GRADERS for additional information on what is available.

Please note: The programs listed for each school site are for students who will be attending that high school in the fall.

Boys' & Girls' Club

Below are links to videos that provide an idea of what types of activites are included during the summer program at the Boys' & Girls' Club.

There are a wide-range of activities that are condcted by a group of professional staff who enjoy working with young people. Some of these include:
  • Classes in cooking, music, media, sports, bikes, arts and more
  • Engaging career exposure opportunities
  • Safe, positive space for teenagers only
  • Field trips, college visits and camping trips
  • Free lunch and dinner
  • Free transportation provided to/from the clubhouse from SUHSD summer school