Summit Prep opened in 2003 as the result of a group of Redwood City parents seeking a better high school option. Prep is flagship of Summit Public Schools, nine intentionally diverse schools (with two more approved).
1. Broader aims. Summit describes desired student outcomes in four quadrants: content, knowledge, cognitive skills, habits of success, and real-life experiences. These are mapped to learning experiences (as shown below) which are supported by structure, schedule, staffing, and systems.
3. Personalized Learning Plan. Every student has a Personalized Learning Plan. What started as a paper based system has gone through several iterations. With the help of Facebook engineers, the PLP is now a sophisticated learning platform that serves up playlists of open content, helps students manage projects, tracks progress, and keep students on schedule (see below). Parents can log into PLP and get the same view.
4. PBL. The goal at Summit is college and career readiness. For the last five years there has been a full court press on self directed learning including daily learning choices, the opportunity to fail, and customized projects. Students we talked to enjoyed self directed research projects and deep dives into bioethics.
5. OER Playlists. Summit students build content knowledge with the help of digital playlists of open education resources (OER). Playlists provide just-in-time preparation for challenging projects (see below).
6. Advisory. Most Summit days concludes with a quick an advisory period called a community meeting (see 15 elements of quality advisories). Students meet with their advisor (called a mentor) weekly for goal setting and progress monitoring.
7. Expeditions. Four times a year Summit students choose from a variety of electives and internships offers by the central office team and community partners.
8. Professional growth. Summit teachers connect weekly with job-alikes across the network. The expeditions and summer sessions provide about 50 days of professional learning every year (see feature).
9. Diverse schools. About half of Summit Peak students live in or near poverty. Locations and outreach efforts guarantee intentionally diverse student bodies at all Summit schools.
Summit is adding a cohort of partner schools nationwide. Applications are due December 18. Join them for a webinar Thursday, December 10 2:00-2:45 PST (click here to register).
For more see:
- Transform Middle Grade Education–Apply to Summit Basecamp
- Summit Public Schools’ Strong Culture and Personalization Has Arrived in Seattle
- Summit Public Schools Continue to Innovate and Expand Impact
- Update on Summit- Denali and Beyond
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