General FAQ

What is the Compass Academy Network?

The Compass Academy Network, or CAN, is a summer enrichment program for students in grades 6 through 8 from rural public school districts. Our unique and engaging summer program helps students avoid The Summer Slide and develop academic and social skills to help them grow into more successful and well-rounded individuals.

Who is Eligible?

Rural students who are enrolled in grades 6 through 8 who have achieved the level of “Proficient” or “Advanced” in their most recent reading and math state standardized tests (ex. MAP or KAP). Preference is given to students whose families qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced lunch program.

Where is CAN Held?

Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School is the Host Site for CAN’s Joplin Program. (Thomas Jefferson is the host location for the CAN Summer Program but is not otherwise affiliated with CAN.)


When is CAN Held?

CAN is held in the summer and quarterly during the academic year.

CAN’s next Joplin session will run from July 5-July 30, 2021. 9am-3:30pm, Monday – Friday.

Is transportation provided?

Transportation will be provided to and from Galena Middle school to Thomas Jefferson Independent Day School (the “Host Location”) in Joplin (pick up will be at 8:30 a.m. and drop off will be at 4:00 p.m.)

Are meals provided?

All students that attend CAN are given a free lunch each day. In addition to lunch, students are given a healthy snack in the morning and afternoon.

My child has a dietary restriction or allergy. Will food still be provided?

Yes. Please indicate any restrictions or allergies on the application and we will work with you to ensure your child’s needs are met.

What is the Rewards Program?

As part of the our Rewards Program, students who complete the Compass Summer Program student goals will receive a $45 Walmart gift card.

What is the CAN School District Grant?

Participating school districts who have 15 students or more complete the summer session will receive a CAN Partner Grant of $5,000 for middle school needs. Learn more about Partner Schools here.

Application FAQ

How can I apply to CAN?

We are currently accepting applications for our 2021 summer program. Space is limited, so we encourage you to apply early. Applications may be filled out online or mailed to PO Box 2427, Joplin, MO 64803.

How do I know if my child has been admitted to CAN?

Once all applications are finalized, our team will contact you via email with details regarding CAN’s admittance. Please note on the application if you would like to be contacted via phone instead of email.

My child requires academic accommodations. Can he/she still apply?

Yes. Please list any necessary accommodations in the “accommodations” section of our application or contact us via email to discuss these accommodations.

My child’s school is not a Partner School. Can he/she still apply?

Yes. While CAN works directly with Partner Schools to develop our programming, any student who meets our eligibility requirements can apply.

Peer Mentor FAQ

What do Peer Mentors do?

Peer Mentors help support CAN’s growing network of students in their day to day activities and throughout their time in middle school. Our team of Peer Mentors serve to bridge the gap between our educators and our students, providing support and guidance to each CAN scholar.

Who can apply to become a Peer Mentor?

Any student over the age of 18 who is currently enrolled in an accredited college or university (or having graduated within the past 2 years at time of application) can apply to the CAN Peer Mentor Program. More eligibility requirements can be found on our Peer Mentor page.

Are Peer Mentors Paid?

Yes. Compensation is determined by locations and is based on experience. Please contact ccarnahan@compassacademynetwork.org for information about CAN Summer Program in Joplin.

How can I apply to become a Peer Mentor?

Applications are open until May 1 of the program year. Applications may be filled out online or mailed to PO Box 2427, Joplin, MO 64803. More application details can be found on our Peer Mentor page.

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