Frequently Asked Questions

Compass Academy Network Summer Enrichment Program in Joplin, Neosho, and Columbus

Frequently asked

General Questions

The Compass Academy Network, or CAN, is an enrichment program for students entering grades 6 through 9. 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.

CAN is open to students entering grades 6-9. To qualify, students must have a grade point average equivalent to a “B” average (3.0) or better. CAN also prioritizes applications for students whose families qualify for the Federal Free and Reduced lunch program.

All students must submit an Application. A School Form must accompany all applications.

The CAN program is currently held at three locations: Joplin, MO, Neosho, MO, and Columbus, KS.  

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

CAN’s next program dates are July 8th-August 2nd, 2024.

CAN works with school districts to provide buses to and from host locations for students. Buses meet at a central location where students can be dropped off and picked up. To ensure the safety of each student, our staff wait with students at bus stops until their ride arrives.

Joplin Program Details

Columbus Program Details

Neosho Program Details

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.

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

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

Schools that send 15 or more eligible students who are accepted, enroll, and successfully complete the CAN program are eligible for a $5,000 partner grant for middle school needs. Learn more about Partner Schools here.

Frequently asked

Application Questions

Applications are open until May 15th. Applications may be filled out online or mailed to PO Box 2427, Joplin, MO 64803.

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.

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

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

Frequently asked

Peer Mentor Questions

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 serves to bridge the gap between our educators and our students, providing support and guidance to each CAN scholar.

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 the time of application) can apply to the CAN Peer Mentor Program. More eligibility requirements can be found on our Peer Mentor page.

Yes. Compensation is determined by location and is based on experience. Please contact for information about Peer Mentor Positions in Joplin, Columbus, and Neosho.

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.

Resume and cover letter submissions are optional. If you feel these items would strengthen your application, please email them in PDF form to

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