The Compass School of Powell, Ohio, a premier Reggio Emilia preschool, offers innovative child-centered early education programs serving families in Powell, Dublin, Lewis Center, Worthington and the Greater Columbus area. The Powell campus opened in 1999 and was an early adopter of the Reggio-Inspired philosophy of early childhood education in central Ohio.

In 2010, The Compass School of Powell became a NAEYC accredited program and has maintained accreditation since that time. NAEYC accreditation is arguably the most recognized and respected benchmark of quality in early childhood education programs.

The Compass School of Powell’s early childhood education center has twelve classrooms that support Infant, Toddler, Preschool, Prekindergarten, Private Kindergarten, Kindergarten Enrichment, After School and Summer Camp programs. For school-age programs, The Compass School of Powell currently offers transportation to/from select Olentangy and Dublin School District schools, including Indian Springs, Scioto Ridge, Wyandot Run, Tyler Run, Liberty Tree and Chapman Elementary Schools.
The Powell campus is conveniently located at 3989 North Hampton Drive just off Sawmill Parkway, and 2.5 miles north of I-270. The school is also just a five-minute drive from the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium! Click here for directions from your location. We look forward to showing you our beautiful school —  a leader in early childhood education in Ohio!


Thank you for your interest in The Compass School of Powell, Ohio. We are excited to share information with you regarding our Reggio-Inspired early childhood programs. We believe in the strength, power and potential of every child. We think that our child-centered philosophy, combined with excellent parent communication, a warm and welcoming school environment, and wonderful teachers will provide your family with an unparalleled early education and child care experience.

What does it mean to be “Reggio-inspired,” you might ask? Here is a brief excerpt from an article in Disney’s Wondertime magazine (February 2008), titled Shopping For A Preschool:

“The theory: Take the best of Montessori and play-based, blend well, and – ta-da! – you have this artsy, idealistic philosophy that’s so cutting edge and groovy, it’s the basis for Google’s on-site preschool for its Silicon Valley employees. And in Manhattan, former members of Blue Man Group have started their own Reggio Emilia-inspired preschool, the Blue Man Creativity Center… Reggio Emilia gets its name from the small Italian city in which parents, teachers, and public officials banded together to create schools that rose above the lockstep mindset from past decades, opening their first preschool in 1963. In 1991, Newsweek named Reggio Emilia’s school system one of the 10 best in the world. Reggio-inspired schools are still pretty rare (and admissions thus mega-competitive).”

“Cutting edge and groovy”… we think that sounds pretty great! And after you spend some time visiting our school, we’re convinced that you will think so too! Our goal is to facilitate meaningful and interesting real-world learning opportunities for your child, which encourage exploration and discovery and promote a life-long love of learning. Thank you for visiting our website. We hope to see you soon!


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Tara Aledia

Tara Aledia – Executive Director

Tara has ten years of work experience in the early childhood field, and began as an administrator at The Compass School in 2010. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from York University (Toronto) majoring in Psychology, as well as an Early Childhood Education diploma from Humber College (Ontario, Canada).

What Powell Parents Have to Say

Our first Toddler Waddle Class.

Toddler Waddle Program Underway!

We rang in February with our first Toddler Waddle Class run by our very own Ms. Eileen. Today’s class was all about the body. We started out with Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes. Then we moved to a variation of a song we often sing, Old MacDonald Had a Body. Instead of animal sounds we were working on saying and moving our different body parts. This really got us going and woke up all our muscles. Next we did Dendrite Dance. This dance was a lot of patterned movement. We ended with some calming yoga moves and some soft stuffed animals. Ms. Tara and Mr. Adam also came to join our class and help us move so a big thank you to them, as well as Ms. Eileen. We can’t wait until next week’s class!

Miss Donna reading to her class.

Teacher Feature – Miss Donna

Miss Donna joined us as a student teacher in the Adventurer toddler classroom for the Fall semester of 2016. She quickly formed relationships with the families, teachers, and children of the class. She became part of our staff in February of 2017 and has since been an asset to our program. Miss Donna works well in all of our age groups and arrives each day with a positive attitude, smile, and readiness to play! Miss Donna has recently been accepted into the Ohio State Early Childhood Education program on a full scholarship. We are proud and happy to have her as part of our Compass community.

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