About Summit Olympus
Summit Olympus is a unique public high school, best known for providing a college-prep curriculum and supportive learning environment for a diverse group of young people. The school attracts students from across Tacoma, but is particularly focused on serving families living in the South End, Eastside, and Hilltop neighborhoods.
After much public demand for more school options, the school opened in 2015 in a historic building – the former Nalley’s pickle-packing plant near the Tacoma Dome. Lovingly renovated, the school features expansive windows overlooking downtown Tacoma, the Tideflats, and is walking distance to the Marina and museum district.
All Summit students benefit from a supportive learning environment, technology resources, outstanding faculty, small classes, and individualized attention from their teachers and mentor. Summit Olympus Public Charter School is authorized by the Washington Charter School Commission.
In 2019, Summit Olympus graduated our first class. We celebrated 100% being accepted to a college or university.
As a public school, enrollment at Summit Olympus is tuition-free and open to all students in grades 9 through 12.
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 Olympus | Executive Director
Summit Olympus High School’s new executive director, Anthony Clarke, is a Brooklyn native, born to two natives of Barbados West Indies. He earned his B.S in History from Lehman College and his master’s in Teaching Secondary Education from Queens College. Prior to taking on the new role, Mr. Clarke served as the school’s dean of instruction and culture. He spent the decade before he joined Summit, however, teaching social studies at public and independent charter schools in New York City. He has also coached several sports including cricket, basketball and track and field. He has experience working in a variety of educational settings, including working in alternative, public, charter and single-sex education.
Summit Olympus | Dean of Operations
Ms. Combs works with our families and staff to ensure our school upholds strong operational and logistical success. She has worked with and for Tacoma families for over ten years and has been passionately working with the Summit Olympus community for three years now! Along with her spouse and two children, Ms. Combs enjoys spending time with friends and extended family and adventuring in Lilliwaup on Hood Canal.
Summit Olympus | Dean of Culture & Instruction
Jordan Prohuska was a science teacher at Summit Olympus for 6 years, teaching Biology, Chemistry, and AP Environmental Science. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, he also taught science at the Milwaukee County and Kansas City Zoos. He earned his Bachelor’s of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Zoology, his teaching credentials from Avila University and his master’s degree at Walden University. In his free time, he likes to take hikes with his wife and his dog, play bass and drums, and work on his house.
Summit Olympus | Dean of Culture & Instruction
Jacob Leon was born and raised in Tacoma, WA. Jacob has strong ties to his Chamorro heritage. He graduated from Washington State University with a teaching degree in English. Jacob was a founding member of the Olympus teaching staff. The first five years of his teaching career were with Summit Olympus. He then continued his teaching career at his alma mater Washington High School in Parkland. Jacob values personal relationships with colleagues, peers, and community. During his free time he likes to play guitar, play video games, and spend time with his partner and two sons.
Summit Olympus | Director of Expeditions
Tiffany Reynolds has spent the last 15 years in education, in various roles and levels of the education system. Tiffany started her career in education by teaching Mathematics to 9th through 12th graders, coordinating the intervention (At-Risk youth) program, serving as a data team coach, and to ﬁnd her voice and passion for advocating meaningfully for all kids. As Integration Manager, she was tasked with providing professional development and mentorship to all new teachers, creating interrater systems for principals and teachers using the Danielson Framework, creating data-driven systems unique to all thirty of their schools, and supporting all secondary mathematics teachers. She spent a considerable amount of time working on policy implementation in Colorado. She left that position to support schools and districts more broadly as an educational leadership consultant. In this role she supported teachers and principals to tackle the CCSS (Mathematics and ELA) and new teacher evaluations, evaluations using the Danielson Framework, and data-based initiatives in four diverse school districts, serving over 150,000 students. Additionally, Tiffany worked in leadership and school development internationally as part of her partnership with Network Beyond. During that time, Tiffany was able to support numerous schools across India, the Middle East, and Africa. Over the last five years, Tiffany has been with Summit Public Schools as a teacher and a dean. She has continued to grow in her passionate belief that education is both transformative and foundational to our culture. Her pursuit of systematically interrupting systems of oppression has woven into her work around student-centered education. She feels immensely proud to do the work that she does— to strive to build schools that are worthy of our kids, schools that are places of honesty, innovation, creativity, critical thinking, joy, and tireless pursuit of excellence.