At Summit, we know that every student has different passions, growth areas, learning needs, and goals for the future. The Summit Learning Teacher Residency prepares you to teach using a personalized approach to learning with the goal of equipping every student to live a fulfilled life of well-being.

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About Our Program

The Summit Learning Teacher Residency is a one-year teacher preparation program designed specifically for a personalized approach to teaching and learning. During the program, you student teach in a personalized middle or high school classroom while also completing credentialing coursework leading to a California Single Subject Preliminary Teaching Credential.

As a Resident, you spend four days a week with your Cooperating Teacher engaging students in deeper learning projects, empowering them as self-directed learners, helping students develop the habits and skills that lead to success, and nurturing them to build a strong sense of community.

You spend one day a week in learning experiences and coursework mirroring Summit’s personalized learning approach for students; you engage in a project-based curriculum that is competency-based, self-directed, and student-centered. Over the course of the year, you are an apprentice, gradually increasing your level of responsibility in the classroom from observation to independently teaching one class section for the second semester.

Throughout the year, you collaborate with a diverse cohort of future teachers and engage in critical conversations about diversity, equity, and inclusion. By the end of the program, you will be prepared to teach in a personalized learning classroom where you will impact students’ lives.

The Residency program is a one year commitment and an investment in your future career as an educator. You pay a tuition for the program, and receive a living stipend to support you during the Residency year.

You are a good fit for our program if:

We look for Residents who:

  • Believe that all students can be successful
  • Are dedicated to working with heterogeneous student populations
  • Are interested in teaching as a profession
  • Want to build meaningful relationships with students
  • Believe that every student deserves a personalized pathway towards the life they want to lead
  • Have a growth mindset

To be eligible for the teacher residency, you must:

  • Possess a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
  • Be eligible to work in the United States
  • Have passed your CBEST by June 21, 2020.
  • Have attempted all sub tests for your CSET by June 7, 2020.


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