About Summit Public Schools

What is a charter school?

Charter schools are public schools. They are tuition-free and open to any student who wishes to attend. Charter schools allow parents, organizations, or community groups to restore, reinvent, and re-energize our public school system. Charter schools are designed, tailored, and governed by each local community, rather than by a central bureaucracy.

What does it mean to be tuition-free?

As public schools, Summit schools are free of charge to students who want to attend. There are no fees associated with enrolling in the schools. All students receive a rigorous, college-preparatory education at no cost to them or their families.

Who are Summit teachers?

Our teachers are highly motivated, academically accomplished, innovative, and creative. They come to us from the best teacher preparation programs across the country because they truly believe in giving every student the skills needed to succeed in college and career.

At Summit, teachers participate in 40 days of professional development each year, during which they work together to ensure students are always receiving the highest quality education.


About The Summit Student Experience

What extracurricular activities are available at your schools?

Participation in extracurricular activities is essential to developing a well-rounded student. It is also an extremely important component of the college application. Applicants are most attractive when they have a strong academic record and demonstrate a sustained commitment to select extra-curricular activities.

At Summit schools, there is a focus on developing happy, healthy students who have a well-balanced lifestyle that mixes academic classes with personal passions and enjoyable extracurriculars. The majority of these activities are driven by student interest and demand. The philosophy at Summit schools is to embrace student leadership and initiative.

Students can expect the full support of the faculty in their interests and endeavors. Many of the activities and extracurriculars take the form of Expeditions electives, clubs, committees, athletic teams, and organized social occasions.

How do Summit schools create safe environments?

Summit schools devote considerable time and attention to developing and maintaining safe school environments.

Key elements include:

  • A commitment to building and modeling character
  • A principled vs. rules-based approach
  • Consistent high standards and expectations
  • Involved parents


About Summit’s Enrollment Process

How can my child transfer into a Summit school now?

If you would like to transfer or enroll in one of our schools during the current school year, please submit an Intent to Enroll form either online or in person at one of our schools. If space is available, enrollment offers are made on a rolling basis. If there is no space available, we will add your student to a waitlist. When space becomes available, we will use a random selection process to determine which students on the list will receive enrollment offers. Dates for the random selection processes will be listed on our school websites at least two school days in advance.

What is the process to enroll my child for the next school year?

To start the enrollment process, please submit an Intent to Enroll form online. Visit our Enroll page for more information. There are no academic prerequisites or other requirements for enrolling in a Summit school.

Each Summit school will begin making enrollment offers for the next school year starting in January. The actual date when offers will be made varies by school and will be posted to our school pages. If there are more students expressing interest in enrolling than the number of available spots, we will use a random selection process to determine who will receive an enrollment offer.

Each school has a different set of preferences for its random selection process. You can contact our schools directly to learn more about their specific preferences. The random selection process is mandated by California and Washington states.

If you receive an enrollment offer, congratulations! You will have the option to enroll your student at that Summit school. If you are not yet selected, then you will be placed on a waitlist. As openings become available, students will be given enrollment offers in the order in which their name was selected in the random selection process.

When will enrollment offers start to be made?

Please check our school pages to find our enrollment offer dates!

Should I submit Intent to Enroll forms to multiple schools?

Yes, we encourage you to submit Intent to Enroll forms to multiple Summit schools to increase your chances of being selected in the random selection process.

How do I sign up for a school tour or shadow day?

Please contact your school of interest to find out whether they hold school tours and shadow days.

If I can’t submit an Intent to Enroll form online, what are my other options?

If you’re unable to submit an Intent to Enroll form through our online portal, please visit our schools in person to fill out a paper form.

I have more questions. Who can I ask?

Please contact our schools directly to find out more information!