A comprehensive dual-enrollment partnership between students, parents, high schools, and College of Marin.

COMPASS (College of Marin Providing Access and Supporting Success) is COM’s primary tool in its efforts to end educational inequity in Marin County, and is the result of two years of planning with the Marin County Office of Education, every high school in the county, and several community-based partners. It is a partnership between students, families, high schools, and College of Marin, which begins in the 9th grade. The 2015-16 academic year saw the initial launch of the COMPASS project in both Terra Linda and San Marin high schools.

Participating students 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

Students will graduate from high school college-ready, with a deep understanding of the expectations of a successful college student, more than 20 units of transferrable college credit, and free attendance for the first year if they attend COM. They will also have formed connections with other college-motivated peers, an important driver of student success.

Families should be active participants and will be supported and guided through the college selection and financial aid processes. COMPASS engages families by providing an in-depth understanding of college expectations and opportunities, and a strong connection to college.



To increase the college readiness of participating students and contribute to their academic success in high school and beyond, predicated on the belief that college is an inevitability, not just a possibility.



  • Increase high school students’ preparation for college
  • Provide families with a real-time solution for managing college costs
  • Provide value-added academic and non-academic supports
  • Provide incentive for COMPASS completion with the promise of completed college credit before high school graduation, internships, scholarships, and some form of work study upon graduation tied to career goals
  • Provide incentives for completing matriculation steps prior to graduation for those who plan to continue/finish their general education requirements at College of Marin
  • Increase enrollment, retention, and success rates of high school students in College of Marin course offerings