Reaching Beyond the Summit...
When Blackstone Valley Preparatory High School (BVPHS) in Rhode Island opened its doors in 2014, it did so with a primary goal in mind: to prepare all students for their path to college.
After learning that 100% of Summit Public School (SPS) seniors are four-year college ready and that SPS graduates complete college at twice the national average, the team decided to implement the Summit Learning Program. In addition to the Projects and Self-Directed Learning components, Mentoring was a particular draw from BVPHS.
BVPHS is a public charter school serving 300 students in grades 9-12, with 62% of students qualifying for free or reduced lunch. As one of the first schools in the nation to implement Summit Learning, BVPHS first opened the Summit Learning Program to all of its 9th-10th grade students in 2015-16.
In the 2016-17 school year, BVPHS 11th graders, now in their second year of Summit Learning, were 91% more likely than Rhode Island juniors of similar demographics to be college and career ready in both literacy and math on the SAT.
The embedded case study below highlights student growth and engagement in learning through projects and the Summit Learning Program.
Driven by the goal to help all students achieve college success, BVPHS expanded Summit Learning to all 330 of its students in 9-12 grades in the 2017-18 school year.
Drew Madden, director of innovation and accountability at BVPHS, credits part of students’ success to the the Mentoring component of the Summit Learning approach: “I don’t think we can emphasize enough that mentoring has been really important and highly relevant to our success.”
This post is part of series of case studies highlighting a variety of schools currently implementing the Summit Learning approach.
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Summit prepares a diverse student population for success in college, career and life, and to be contributing members of society.
How do we do that?
Summit flips the traditional adult-driven school model on its head by putting students at the center and creating an environment that enables students to drive their own learning.
Summit Schools are Small
• Every Summit student has at least one adult mentor and coach, who individually supports them to set goals, make a plan to achieve those goals and develop in their Habits of Success. A mentor also serves as college counselor, coach, family liaison and advocate.
• Every single student is known by every faculty member, and teachers continuously collaborate to ensure students have the feedback and practice they need to become empowered learners.
Summit Schools are Personalized
• Every Summit student has a dynamic Personalized Learning Plan and is able to access all of the learning tools and resources they need at any time.
• Summit students have the opportunity to explore individual passions, interests and careers for eight weeks each year.
Summit Schools are Empowering
• Summit students are self-directed learners. From the day they arrive, Summit students are encouraged and coached to develop in the elements of self-directed learning - Challenge Seeking, Persistence, Strategy-shifting, Response to Setbacks and Appropriate Help Seeking.
• Summit students receive consistent, relevant, and personalized support seamlessly integrated into their school day as they drive towards their academic and personal goals.
Summit Schools are Rigorous
• All Summit students demonstrate competency in college preparatory course work in five core subjects and the visual arts.
• All Summit students meet or exceed four-year college entrance requirements.
--All information is Taken from the Summit Site