Even before opening its doors in 1997, Summit Charter School has had several key tenants in place. Chief among them are academic rigor, educating the whole child and a shared sense of community. From modular classrooms at the Village Green, to the building of their red schoolhouse on Mitten Lane, Summit has kept a keen eye on its core values and a vision for the future. Starting their 20th year, the Summit school community still engages students in learning experiences that stimulate discovery, inspire excellence, and nurture a positive influence in an ever-changing world.
Summit Charter School began this past school year with a record enrollment of 243 students. As enrollment and enthusiasm for Summit continues to grow, so does making the next set of blueprints into realty. On Friday morning, September 29th, Summit celebrated the groundbreaking of Summit High School surrounded by friends, donors, parents, students and several community leaders that helped kick off the construction of the Summit Center and grades 9-12 classrooms.
When the high school opens its doors for the 9th graders next August of 2018, they will have two classrooms on top of the Summit Center. These two classrooms along with the current PE classroom will be used for high school 9th grade classes the first year.
The Summit Center which houses these two classrooms, a gymnasium (which will be the home of their basketball and volleyball teams) and a stage area (for fine arts and musical productions) will be located next to the soccer field and built into the bank. Summit will have a walkway and entrance into the Summit Center from the top with stairs and an elevator to connect to the bottom level. The location and access point of the Summit Center will benefit every class and child at Summit, especially on rainy days.
In 2019, when the rest of the high school is opened, the two 9th grade classes will become an art and music room and the high school building itself will open behind the current k-8 classes.
Summit High School will continue to live the seven virtues they have always instilled in the students for two decades: Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Self-Discipline, Perseverance and Giving. The high school will also offer College Preparatory, AP and Dual Enrollment courses, College counseling, Extracurricular Programs, Fine Arts and Music Programs, Community Service, Outdoor Education and Leadership. The school athletic program will continue to grow and eventually will be part of the Smoky Mountain Conference