COMPASS (College of Marin Promoting and Supporting Success) is a comprehensive dual-enrollment partnership among students, parents, high schools, and College of Marin. COMPASS is the focal point of COM’s agenda to eliminate educational inequity in Marin County. It is the outcome of two years of planning in collaboration with the Marin County Office of Education, every high school in the county, and several community-based partners. It is based on a contract between students, families, high schools, and College of Marin, in which participants, beginning in the 9th grade, agree to fulfill certain responsibilities:
- Enrollment in COUN 115/125 in 9th Grade
- Participation in supplemental activities
- Enrollment in specific high school courses based on assessments and the creation of tailored high school and college educational plans
- Financial planning and college application process
- Enrollment in additional COM courses throughout the high school career
As a result, students will graduate closer to college-ready, have a deep understanding of and practice with the expectations of a successful college student, earn additional units of transferrable college credit, and be awarded free attendance for the first year should they matriculate to COM.