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Pathway Description

COMPASS (Community of Musicians, Performers, Artists, and Social Scientists) is a small learning community focused on preparing students for life after high school by helping them to develop into community-minded artists and social scientists. The arts are a vehicle for helping students to develop a sociological perspective that will allow them to gain a better understanding of themselves and the world around them.

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Sample Schedule

This schedule is a sample of what COMPASS students will take based on pathway requirements and high school graduation/A-G requirements.

All students at Millikan take A-G courses and have the option to take any AP Classes offered.  We encourage COMPASS students to take AP Classes in subjects that they enjoy and are strong in, as we know these are probably the areas they will pursue further in college. 

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Sample Schedule

Grade 9

  • First Year Visual OR Performing Art
  • English 1-2 or English 1-2 Accelerated
  • Algebra 1 or Geometry Accelerated
  • Biology: The Living Earth
  • World Language 1-2
  • PE/Marching Band/Dance/Sports
  • Academic Elective

Grade 10

  • Second Year Visual OR Performing Art
  • English 3-4 or English 3-4 Accelerated
  • Geometry or Algebra 2 Accelerated
  • Chemistry in Earth's Systems
  • Modern World History or AP World History
  • World Language 3-4
  • PE/Marching Band/Dance/Sports
  • Academic Elective


Grade 11

  • Third Year Visual OR Performing Art
  • English 5-6 or AP English Language
  • Algebra 2 or Introduction to Data Science or AP Pre-Calculus
  • United States History or AP US History
  • Academic Elective


Grade 12

  • COMPASS Capstone
  • AP English Literature or English Reading Writing & Composition or Diverse Voices and Media Literacy
  • Pre-Calculus or Finite Statistics Trigonometry or AP Calculus AB
  • Government and Economics or AP Government and AP Economics
  • Academic Elective


Work-Based Learning/
Integrated Projects

  • 9th Grade-- Single Subject Integration, English and Art Project: What does it mean to be an American? Interview/Essay and Arts Based Project
  • 10th Grade-- Integrated Project, Virtue and Vengeance:
    Art, History, and English Collaborative Project
  • Culminating Senior Projects: Holiday Show, Music in the Air, Fashion and Dance Collaborative Show, MHS Orchestra collaboration with Musica Angelica, Musical

One of the things I love most about the Compass pathway is being able to connect art and education, and being able to creatively reflect knowledge in a different way beyond written essays and assignments. Another reason why I love being part of Compass is being surrounded by talented and inspiring students and teachers who share their love of art.

Maialen Teagle-Alarcon

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Industry Partners

We are very interested in creating industry partners that can help the students in our pathway to thrive.  We are developing key partnerships for field trips, internships, job shadows, and guest speakers. If your company would like to contribute to experiences such as these, please please access more information here and contact us! 

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For More Information

Contact Ms. Midori Sanchez, the Millikan Pathway Coordinator, at or (562) 425-7441 x 4106

Ms. Tiffaney Gardea, COMPASS Pathway Lead teacher, at

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