Reaching Beyond the Summit...
“The best part of Summit Learning is…you’re teaching a child how to be independent, to evaluate themselves and what they need to work on, and it gives them confidence; I see it in my son.”
James Schumacher, parent at Towne Meadows Elementary
This video is one of a four-part series highlighting the experiences and perspectives of parents, students, and teachers at two Summit Learning schools in Gilbert, Arizona: Towne Meadows Elementary and Playa Del Rey Elementary.
Each film was created by Summit Learning Teacher, Beth Duncan, who teaches videography at Rancho Minerva, a middle school in California’s Vista Unified School District that has used the Summit Learning Program since 2016. Beth saw an opportunity to capture the parent perspective in two schools using Summit Learning for the first time in the 2017-18 school year.
The Towne Meadows parents featured in “Parents on Summit” share a common sentiment: they appreciate the Summit Learning approach because it offers supports and learning opportunities for their children.
“One time we were on a drive and [my daughter] talked about Egypt nonstop for almost 45 minutes, and it was awesome to see how excited she was to learn, what she was retaining, what she was interested in, and how she could focus on it all on her own.”
Kelli McDowell, parent at Towne Meadows Elementary
In the video, Towne Meadows Elementary Principal Chip Pettit gives voice the unique role of being both a Summit Learning school leader and parent:
“My oldest child is in third grade, and I’m already talking with my wife about how he can come here in sixth grade and be a part of [Summit Learning]…in the six years I’ve been here, it’s probably the best thing that I’ve brought to this school.”
Chip Pettit, principal at Towne Meadows Elementary
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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