The Summit Model

Our research-backed approach informs everything we do and helped us create an educational experience unlike any other — one that supports the whole student throughout the school day.

We prepare our students with the skills, knowledge, and habits they need to pursue a fulfilled life. The classroom experience centers around:

Mentoring

We know that strong relationships with teachers have a positive impact on students. Students meet one-on-one with a dedicated mentor who knows them deeply and supports them in setting and achieving their goals. Because each mentor stays with a student for all four years, parents have a single point of contact to help advocate for their child and provide guidance on achieving personal goals.

Below is the “Mentoring: Knowing Every Student with Summit Learning” YouTube Video

Projects

In class, students apply their acquired knowledge, skills, and habits to challenging, hands-on projects that prepare them for the things they’ll encounter after graduation, like how to collaborate on a team, interpret data, and present a persuasive argument. All projects end with a final product that students complete, ranging from simulating historic debates to presenting proposals for changes to school policies.

Below is the “Projects: Immersing Students in Real-World Scenarios” YouTube Video

Self-Direction

With teacher support, students are guided through a Self-Directed Learning Cycle to develop an invaluable skill set that takes them well beyond their years in school. They learn how to set goals, select strategies to achieve them, and reflect on their progress. Over time, students develop the confidence to set learning goals and make better decisions about studying, project-completion, and test-taking.

Below is the “Self-Direction: Putting Students in the Driver’s Seat” YouTube Video

Expeditions

Unparalleled and unique to the Summit experience, in addition to our rigorous academic curriculum, students participate in eight weeks of immersive electives. Students discover and deepen their passions (Opens new window to blog.summitlearning.org) through rigorous courses, independent studies, and practical work experience gained from internships.

Course Subject Areas

    • Arts
    • Science, Technology, Engineering & Medicine (STEM)
    • Future Planning
    • Wellbeing
    • Leadership & Society

Internships

    • High technology
    • Law
    • Biotechnology
    • Medicine
    • And other fields


Dig into the research underlying the Summit model in The Science of Summit (Opens new window and downloads a pdf file), where we translate the science of learning into the intentional design of our schools to achieve student success in three outcomes: Cognitive Skills, Content Knowledge, and Habits of Success.

See the Summit Learning Outcomes (Opens new window and downloads the pdf file) in action.