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

96%

of all graduates are 4-year college ready

96%

of graduates are accepted to 4-year college

2X

Summit alumni complete college at nearly twice the national average

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

1:1
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

Forty Percent of Bay Area Recipients of the Prestigious Posse Foundation Scholarships Awarded to Summit Public Schools Students

Of the 10 Bay Area recipients of the Posse Foundation Scholarship award—a four-year, full-tuition, leadership scholarship—four came from Summit Public Schools’ Bay Area schools. The highly sought-after scholarship is awarded to high school seniors across the nation who show extraordinary leadership potential. This year, over 500 students from around the Bay Area were nominated for…

San Jose Senior Named Posse Scholar

  Summit Tahoma’s Michael Segura will attend Boston University with a full scholarship Michael Segura had his sights set on college since middle school. In fact, as an 8th grader, he researched high schools that would help him achieve his goal. Now, as a senior at Summit Tahoma, he has been named a Posse Scholar,…

Meet Summit’s Class of 2022: Karla Andrade

  Karla Andrade has dreamed of becoming a veterinarian for as long as she can remember. Having grown up with three dogs, a snake, and turtle, she knew the veterinary world was for her. As a Summit student, she was empowered to nurture her passion for animals and become a leader for women in science.…

College and Beyond: Summit Everest Celebrates Stanford Bound Francisco Cerda

Summit Everest is proud to celebrate senior Francisco Cerda, whose experience at Summit has launched him to continue his academic career at Stanford University next year with a full scholarship. At one of the world’s leading research and teaching institutions, Francisco intends to study engineering and pursue his dream of contributing to the aerospace industry–a…

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We put students in the driver’s seat, empowering students with the skills and habits they need to be successful in college and life. In order to achieve our mission, we need a diverse, driven, and dynamic group of teachers and leaders.

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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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