APS Schools Receive Funding for COMPASS After-School Program

Congratulations to Vaughn Elementary School and Global Village Academy for receiving a grant from the Colorado Department of Education that provides funding for an after-school program called the Community of Many Providing After School Success, or COMPASS.

COMPASS is a partnership between APS and the City of Aurora Office of Youth Development and has been offered for more than two decades. It ensures that every child is provided an opportunity to participate in out-of-school activities that support academic success and positive youth development.

This grant allows Vaughn to continue with their after-school program and enables Global Village to start the program this school year. Other COMPASS school sites include Fulton Academy of Excellence, Kenton Elementary, Peoria Elementary, Sable Elementary and Aurora Hills Middle School.

“Research shows that students enrolled in after-school programs improved their math or language arts grades, improved their homework completion and class participation, and overall improved their behavior in class,” said Vaughn Elementary School Principal Jen Dichter.

As outlined in the updated APS 2026: Faces of the Future strategic plan, one of our goals is that every student will have a community of support to bring their academic plans to life. Thank you to the Colorado Department of Education and the City of Aurora for making this worthwhile opportunity possible. We are excited to see our students flourish in the program over the next several years.