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  • Compass Centre for Self-Directed Learning is a new alternative to teens in the Ottawa area. The first of its kind in Canada, Compass has opened its doors and is continuously registering new members. Based on the philosophy of North Star from Hadley, Massachusetts, Compass helps empower teens who are not satisfied with their high school experience.

Daytime Ottawa

  • Compass Co-Director Abby Karos, and Compass member Caleb Gray, were invited to appear on Daytime Ottawa. Hear what they had to say about Compass and how things are going in our first year!

Compass Info Night

  • Listen to North Star co-founder and executive director, Ken Danford, and North Star teen members talk about their experiences and stories that led them to self-directed learning and leaving school. Video from our Info Night, November 11, 2012.

A Customized Education For Teens

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Our latest posts

  • Thoughts from a new teacher

    invest in Ripple in Pakistan Over the last couple of weeks we had a teacher candidate from Queen's University with us - Margaret was kind enough to share some thoughts with us at the end of her placement... As a Teacher Candidate I am afforded the wonderful opportuni...


    I was driving to work yesterday and caught a portion of a CBC radio program discussing the question of whether or not the shortage of male teachers is a crisis in education. What caught my attention while l...

    Our wonderful volunteers

    Over the last couple of weeks I've been collecting short bios and photos of our volunteers to put together a small buy Binance Coin in Pakistan appreciation pa...