About Summit Tahoma
In 2010, with so many of our children falling through the cracks, hundreds of San Jose parents rallied together to find a public school option that ensured our children would have the opportunity to go to college. These parents discovered Summit Public Schools, a network of high-performing public charter schools that serve Silicon Valley’s diverse communities. The parents committed hundreds of hours to doing whatever was needed to ensure Summit could open in San Jose. In the fall of 2011, Summit Tahoma opened its doors to 100 diverse San Jose students and now serves over 400 students in East and South San Jose. This educational option is changing the trajectory of their lives and preparing them to be contributing members of the 21st century workforce.
Summit Tahoma’s charter was authorized by the Santa Clara County Board of Education. Our accomplishments include:
- 99% of 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 Summit Tahoma graduates were accepted to 4-year colleges including CSUs, all of the UCs, and private schools such as USC and Yale.
- US News & World Report continuously ranks Summit Tahoma as one of the nation’s Best High Schools.
- A world-class teaching faculty from the nation’s top teacher preparation programs, including Stanford and UC Berkeley.
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 February 26, 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.
(Equal Access Statement)
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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 Tahoma | Executive Director
Jonathan has been a proud director at Summit Tahoma since 2015. Previously he worked for PUC Schools in Los Angeles as the Director of Teacher Development, leading a partnership grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. He was a teacher trainer in the Peace Corps in Namibia and has been an instructional coach in Oakland Unified and LAUSD. As a teacher, he received an award for Exemplary Work in the Education of Highly Able Students from Johns Hopkins University. Jonathan holds a B.A. in American Studies with a concentration in Education Policy and an M.A. in Education Leadership from U.C. Berkeley.
Summit Tahoma | Assistant Director
Megan Toyama is the Assistant Director at Summit Public School Tahoma. Megan was the founding history teacher at Tahoma and has taught 9th, 10th, and 11th-grade history prior to this role. Before helping to start Tahoma, Megan was a graduate student at Stanford University’s Teacher Education Program and a student teacher at Summit Preparatory in Redwood City, CA. Megan has taught in Boston, MA and Sacramento, CA. Megan was born and raised in Sacramento and completed her undergraduate studies at Scripps College in Claremont, CA.
- School Address:
- 285 Blossom Hill Road
- San Jose, CA 95123
(entrance at 5520 Eagles Lane)
Physical Location & Parking:
We are co-located on the Oak Grove High School Campus.
Enter the large parking lot with solar panels near 5520 Eagles Ln. Drive through the parking lot all the way toward the exit to Eagles Ln. Just before the exit, enter the smaller parking lot that also has solar panels next to the tennis court. Park in one of those spaces. (Spaces in the large parking lot are assigned to students and staff until 3:00 pm.)