top of page

About Us

Edited Image 2016-03-03 15-20-54
Our Journey 

Compass Rose Academy was founded in March of 2008. The idea for the school was generated by a small group of parents who were looking to provide the highest level of education possible for their children. This group of parents wanted a school that would allow their children to learn in an environment where they would be challenged and encouraged, respected and acknowledged, motivated and loved. We started as a home school program for 12 children. Most of Sherry Hartley’s (co-founder of CRA) home was turned into a Montessori-style classroom. We spent the year working with students and developing our baseline curriculum. By the end of that year it was time to find a new home for CRA. We moved into two rooms at The Market Shops of Sandestin. The school remained at this location for three-and-half years. We spent this time growing our program, reinforcing our curriculum, and becoming an area leader in academics. In 2012, CRA moved again. We found a beautiful piece of property in Blue Mountain Beach and it is here that we have created our forever home for Compass Rose Academy.


Written By:

Christine Buscarello, Co-founder of CRA

School Enrollment

Our school year runs year round. This allows students to learn, grow, and inspire all year long.  Open enrollment for the 2023-24 school year has begun.  We will have limited availability for all grade levels PreK3 through 6th grade.


All of our grade levels have limited availability due to our strict 8 to 1 student teacher ratio and they will fill quickly. Spaces are filled on a first come first serve basis.

Call today to schedule a classroom observation.

We open the classrooms to one family per day at 7:45am or 3pm.

Tours are by appointment only. 

bottom of page