About Summit Everest
Since opening in the fall of 2009 with a founding class of 9th graders, Summit Everest has served the diverse communities in Redwood City. We believe that every student is capable of college success, that it takes character and academics to achieve that success, and that serving others is part of the joy and responsibility of success. These three elements are evident in everything we do, from project time to basketball practice — for every student, every day.
Today, Everest is among the top public high schools in the country. Every year from 2015 to 2020, US News & World Report ranked Summit Everest as one of the nation’s Best High Schools.
Summit Everest is authorized by the Sequoia Union High School District as a tuition-free school that is open to all students. As a public high school, enrollment is open to students in grades 9 through 12.
Now Enrolling for 2021-22!
We are currently accepting applications for the 2021-22 school year! We will be holding an admissions lottery for 9th grade on March 5, 2021. All Intent to Enroll forms received by the application deadline of 3 PM on March 4, 2021 will be included in the lottery. Admissions offers will be made on a space available basis as a result of the lottery. Any applicant who does not receive an offer of admission will be placed on the waitlist.Enroll Today!
The Summit Difference
Our promise is that Summit students will be prepared for success in a 4 year college. But beyond this, Summit students grow as happy, kind, independent and curious young adults prepared with the habits and skills they need for success in life.
Summit students spend their days solving real-world problems and building the skills of self-direction, collaboration and reflection – critical for college and life success. Our curriculum is based in proven learning science and supports development of the whole child.
We founded our inaugural school, Summit Preparatory High School, 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.
Summit Everest | Executive Director
Jimmy’s passion for student empowerment, school design, and education policy began while he was a student at Summit Preparatory High School. Jimmy volunteered to assist Summit teachers during summer school and to work under then Executive Director Diane Tavenner on various projects; taken together, these experiences inspired Jimmy to pursue a career in education. With the generous support of the Gates Millennium Scholarship, he received a B.A. in Psychology and M.A in Educational Studies at Tufts University. Afterwards, Jimmy received an M.A. in Education and Single Subject Credential in the Teaching of English at the Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) where he concentrated his studies on teaching heterogenous student populations and Complex Instruction. Jimmy taught English at Everest Public High School for four years. He is now the Executive Director at Everest Public High School.