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 • High-Impact Teaching

Each Summit teacher plays a three-pronged role - as teacher, leader and mentor. They support individual needs, facilitate deeper learning, and encourage students in their development of cognitive skills and Habits of Success. 

Teacher

Summit teachers know their students well and understand where and how they need to develop in order to become self-directed learners.  Teachers use data—quantitative and qualitative—to diagnose student needs and use their professional skills and shared knowledge of best practices to personalize learning for every student.  Through project-based learning, Summit teachers focus on developing cognitive skills with their students.

Mentor

At Summit, faculty members know each student personally. And through the mentor-mentee relationship, Summit takes its commitment to personalized learning one step further: each student is paired with a faculty member, who meets multiple times each week with the student in small-group settings and one-on-one.  Mentors know how each student is progressing toward their goals and coach students in their development of Habits of Success.  Mentors get to know their mentees’ families, and they understand what is happening with their students outside the classroom that could be affecting the student's learning. 

Leader

Summit teachers understand the value of collaboration.  They understand that common language and expectations are essential for student learning.  They share best practices across the network, observe one another in the classroom, and work as a team to provide their students with the high-quality education that will prepare them for success.  Teachers have the opportunity to take on a variety of leadership roles within these collaborative structures at Summit.

 

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