Ivy Compass: Preparing Girls to Navigate Life with Confidence
Crofton House’s signature program fosters personal growth, leadership and engaged citizenship through real-life experiences inside and outside the classroom
Our unique Ivy Compass Program, offered from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 12, goes beyond the BC curriculum by integrating enriched learning opportunities that broaden girls’ horizons and deepen their understanding of the world and their role within it. Ivy Compass fosters curiosity and encourages girls to ask big questions and take purposeful action.
All aspects of Ivy Compass are thoughtfully integrated into the curriculum across the whole school, putting girls at the centre of their learning by giving them the time, support and opportunities to discover their strengths and to become socially and environmentally responsible leaders. Through Ivy Compass, our girls get involved in the community outside of Crofton House School at an early age so when they graduate, they’re ready to make a difference.
Opening girls up to new perspectives of themselves and their world
Beginning in the early grades, we connect our curriculum to impactful life lessons for our youngest learners with hands-on, age-appropriate activities.
From learning in the garden in Junior Kindergarten to researching a global issue such as plastics in the ocean or homelessness for their Grade 7 Impact Project, Ivy Compass helps girls make connections between what they are learning in the classroom and activities that develop a sense of agency.
Outdoor education is a hallmark of the Ivy Compass experience and from Grade 3, girls participate in fun and formative overnight trips that are designed to progressively develop leadership, self-reliance, confidence and environmental stewardship.
Crofton House girls start to understand at an early age how they can have a positive impact – in their peer groups, in their classrooms, in the natural world and in their community.
“Through Ivy Compass, we learned about leadership skills – being inclusive and striving for a supportive environment. Now we are trying to implement what we learned at Crofton House.”
Gigi ’23 | CHS Student
Turning ideas into action
By Senior School, Crofton House girls apply their Ivy Compass learning to real-life experiences in the workplace, on global trips, in volunteer roles and in nature.
Through Ivy Compass girls have the opportunity to expand their leadership skills through activities such as organizing a blood drive with Canadian Blood Services or a citizenship ceremony for new Canadians.
As part of the Ivy Compass Program, girls in the Senior School take part in multi-day outdoor education trips designed to develop leadership, self-reliance, confidence and environmental stewardship.
All these experiences equip girls for post-secondary experiences and prepare them to lead with valuable skills such as the ability to critically analyze issues, reflect, make connections, collaborate and adapt.
With a deep understanding of who they are and what they stand for, girls in Senior School are ready to make their mark on the world – in whatever path they choose.
"Ivy Compass gives me opportunities to try new things in a safe environment that still pushes me to grow."
Lucy ’20 | CHS Student
“Ivy Compass teaches girls to be better citizens. Through volunteering and hands-on activities, like making food for people in need, it shows them that what you do to help has an impact.”
CHS Parent | Senior School