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College. Career. Life.

Equipping every student to lead a fulfilled life

We Believe

that every child is capable of college and career success. Summit Public Schools is a leading network of public schools that prepares a diverse student population for success in a four-year college and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society.

We founded our inaugural school, Summit Prep, in 2003. Today, we are proud to operate some of the best public schools in the country, serving diverse communities throughout California and Washington states.

Our Schools

Our Results

100%

Summit graduates are college-ready

98%

Summit graduates are accepted to four-year colleges

2X

Summit graduates complete college at twice the national average

A Summit teacher working with a student one-on-one

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Mentoring

Mentoring helps students develop the trust and confidence that allows them to take risks, ask for help, and persevere. Students meet one-on-one with a dedicated mentor who knows them deeply and supports them in setting — and achieving — their goals, all the way through college acceptance. Students also join a mentor group, which provides a safe and close-knit setting for building community and developing Habits of Success.

Summit students working in a science lab growing plant

Real-World Projects

Students apply their acquired knowledge, skills, and habits to exercises that broaden and deepen their passions and prepare them for what they’ll encounter after graduation. Students participate in hands-on projects in class and eight weeks of expeditionary learning each year. Experiential learning exposes students to new career and volunteer pathways, while nurturing their sense of purpose.

Two Summit students working on a poster board together

Self-direction

With teacher support, students are guided through a Self-Directed Learning Cycle to develop a skill set that will help them well beyond their years in school. Students learn how to set goals, make plans, demonstrate their skills and knowledge, and reflect on their progress.

Summit Blog

Voices of Summit Atlas: Founding Senior Ashly Lopez Escober

Ashly Lopez Escober moved to the United States from Honduras just six years ago. Becoming a founding student at a high school and creating a culture of collaboration for future students wasn’t part of her plan. As she prepares to study biochemistry at the University of Washington, that’s exactly what she’s accomplished. With a fierce…

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Pandemic Year Results in 95% of Summit Public Schools Seniors Accepted to Four-year Universities

Summit seniors accepted to 260 colleges nationwide amid a year marked by record-low acceptance rates REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — In its first Virtual School graduating class, 95% of Summit Public Schools (Summit) seniors were accepted to college—a 2 percentage point increase over last year—amid a year marked by record-low acceptance rates. Class of 2021 seniors…

West Seattle School Summit Atlas Celebrates First Graduation Class

91% of Summit Atlas Graduates Have Been Accepted to 40 Unique Four-year Colleges SEATTLE – This week, Summit Atlas, a public charter middle and high school in West Seattle, Washington that opened in 2017, is celebrating its first graduating class at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 10. Atlas is one of 14 schools nationally in the…

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Three Summit Public Schools Seniors Recognized for Extraordinary Level of Volunteerism in Redwood City

Summit Everest Senior Earns Additional Honor as a Sequoia Awards Outstanding Student Summit Public School seniors Itzel Ramos Valverde, Asher Becker, and Emilio Barajas-Navarrete were each honored with a Sequoia Award, a scholarship presented to high school seniors from the greater Redwood City area who demonstrate an extraordinary level of volunteerism and community engagement. The…

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Summit Learning Program

We are pleased to share that the Summit Learning Program has moved to a new home. A new nonprofit organization, called Gradient Learning, now independently leads and operates the Summit Learning Program.

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