Summit's Educational Philosophy

For more than twenty years, Summit has been a place-based learning environment. In 2018, we partnered with Teton Science Schools, one of the leading place-based education organizations in the world, by joining the Place Network so that we could be continually refining and improving what we do and so that we could expand our impact by sharing what we’ve developed with other place-based schools.

Place-based education is anywhere, anytime learning. The purpose is to bring the local community into the classroom and the classroom out into the community in order to encourage student engagement, increase retention of material, broaden student perspectives and experiences, and build student confidence that they can make a difference.

Key components to this philosophy beyond “place” are: individual student mastery, project-based learning, hands-on learning, student-led learning, small group work, and character building. To that last point, the foundation of all we are and all we do at Summit is the Summit Pledge, which all students recite every morning: “Every day, in my words and my deeds, I will do my best to live these seven virtues: honesty, respect, responsibility, compassion, self-discipline, perseverance, and giving.”

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