After spending time getting to know the fabric of our community, the Summit Sierra team opened our doors in the fall of 2015. As a public school, enrollment at Summit Sierra is tuition-free and open to all students in grades 9 through 12.
Enrollment Form Deadline
Thursday, March 14, 2019 at 5:00 pm
Initial Offer Date
Friday, March 15, 2019 at 11:00 am
We will continue accepting enrollment forms after the enrollment form deadline and make offers based on availability.Enroll Now!
Student Shadow Day + Parent School Tour
Your child can shadow a current student for a day to get a glimpse into the life of a Summit student, and parents are invited to join in on a school tour.
February 14, 2019
March 21, 2019
April 4, 2018
May 9, 2019
Shadow Days & Tours are from 9:00am to 11:00am
Summit Sierra | Executive Director
Malia was born on Kauai, graduated from Seattle University, and received her Master’s in Education Leadership from the Teacher’s College at Columbia University. She began her career in the South Bronx where she taught Global History and Geography at the Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice for three years, falling deeply in love with education. Malia then relocated to Chicago where she joined Muchin College Prep, a campus of the high performing Noble Street Charter School Network. She taught literature there for two years before joining the school’s leadership team. Malia is honored to continue leading a team of such amazing, passionate educators as at Summit Sierra.
Summit Sierra | Assistant Director
Born in Morgantown, WV but raised in Iowa and Western Maryland, Dan graduated from West Virginia University with a Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies in 2003. After moving to Chicago, Dan was blessed to work as a professional musician, performing 5-7 nights a week. After around 10 years of this work, he began realizing a new calling toward working in and being a part of making urban schools really work for the students they serve. Through Teach for America, Dan became certified as a Special Education Teacher and earned a Master’s degree in Special Education at Dominican University. He worked at EPIC Academy High School and Chicago Collegiate Middle School before relocating to the Seattle area with his family (wife and baby girl). Dan is ecstatic to be a part of an organization that is looking forward to what schools need to be for the 21st century and preparing their students to be leaders in this new and changing world.
Summit Sierra | Assistant Director
Ayanna L. Gore was born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with a minor in Psychology of Crime and Justice from Loyola University—Chicago. She entered education after joining Teach For America as a high school science instructor and continued her work in education for the last 10 years. Her passions lie within mindset coaching, classroom management, curriculum/instructional development and diversity, equity and inclusion within the school system. She is finishing her doctorate in Educational Leadership at DePaul University where she is studying the impacts of novice Black teachers within Urban Schools. She was a school leader in Chicago where she led turnaround efforts in 2016 which successfully moved the school from off of the Chicago Public Schools warning list. In her free time, she enjoys swimming with her 1 year old, teaching boot-camp fitness classes and coaching weight loss challenges.