9th Grader, Summit Tahoma

“I FEEL LIKE I AM ON TRACK FOR COLLEGE.
THIS IS BECAUSE BY THE TIME I GRADUATE,
SELF-DIRECTED LEARNING WILL BE SECOND
NATURE TO ME.”

OUR APPROACH

Summit prepares a diverse student population for success in college, career and life, and to be contributing members of society.

How do we do that? Summit flips the traditional adult-driven school model on its head by putting students at the center and creating an environment that enables students to drive their own learning.

Student Picture 1

Summit Schools are Small

• Every Summit student has at least one adult mentor and coach, who individually supports them to set goals, make a plan to achieve those goals and develop in their Habits of Success. A mentor also serves as college counselor, coach, family liaison and advocate.

• Every single student is known by every faculty member, and teachers continuously collaborate to ensure students have the feedback and practice they need to become empowered learners.

Student Picture 2

Summit Schools are Personalized

• Every Summit student has a dynamic Personalized Learning Plan and is able to access all of the learning tools and resources they need at any time.

• Summit students have the opportunity to explore individual passions, interests and careers for eight weeks each year.

Student Picture 3

Summit Schools are Empowering

• Summit students are self-directed learners. From the day they arrive, Summit students are encouraged and coached to develop in the elements of self-directed learning - Challenge Seeking, Persistence, Strategy-shifting, Response to Setbacks and Appropriate Help Seeking.

• Summit students receive consistent, relevant, and personalized support seamlessly integrated into their school day as they drive towards their academic and personal goals.

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Summit Schools are Rigorous

• All Summit students demonstrate competency in college preparatory course work in five core subjects and the visual arts.

• All Summit students meet or exceed four-year college entrance requirements.


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