About Us

 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.


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 2021-2022 school year starts in March 2020.  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.


Enrollment Packet

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. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What grades/ ages does CRA serve?

At Compass Rose Academy, we serve children ages 3 through 11 or PreK3 through 6th grade.

How many classrooms do you have?

We currently have 3 classrooms. Each classroom serves different ages groups/grade levels.

  1. Sea Turtles
    1. PreK3 & PreK4
      1. Ages 3 to 5
  2. Flying Foxes
    1. Kindergarten & First Grade
      1. Ages 4 to 7
  3. White Tigers
    1. Second Through Sixth
      1. Ages 7 to 11

What is the differnece between part-time and full-time enrollment?

Full Time Enrollment

  1. Student attends CRA during the year-round, at least 9 out of 12-month, school year during typical school hours.

Part Time Enrollment

  1. Student attends anytime during the calendar year.
  2. Student attend as home school hybrid or during aftercare hours or partial school day hours or only during the summer months.