“Learning is experience. Everything else is just information.” Albert Einstein

1First High School ClassSummit Charter School’s mission is to engage students, stimulate their minds, build character, and open their hearts to neighbors. Hands-on classes and activities call to the “whole child.” STEAM initiatives are brought to life by field trips and experiments. Students perform local outreach, learning to be stewards of their environment and contributors to their community. Summit kids live the words of their daily pledge, “Each day in my words and deeds, I will do my best to live these seven virtues: Honesty, Respect, Responsibility, Compassion, Self-Discipline, Perseverance, and Giving.”

Summit’s High School program will continue our strong mission as well as combine rigorous college preparatory curriculum, personalized learning experiences, and leadership training to create a dynamic high school experience where students are active learners. Starting in the fall of 2018, Summit Charter School is excited to welcome the pioneer freshman class, the class of 2022.

The vision of the high school is simple… Students will be challenged with a mix of classroom instruction four days a week and a PEAK Friday which will focus them on four elements. 1) Mentor 360, 2) Leadership Training, 3) Life Academy, 4) Community Engagement.

In August, 9th graders will fly to Jackson Hole for a week to participate in an outdoor leadership program hosted by the Teton Science Schools. Following this once-in-a-lifetime, team-building experience, the students will immerse themselves in a thoughtfully curated curriculum that not only addresses state standards, but develops the whole individual through PEAK Fridays, a weekly opportunity for students to activate and apply curriculum.

HIGH SCHOOL CURRICULUM 

High students students are exposed to a rotation of the following:

Mentor 360

The Cashiers-Highlands plateau is abundantly rich in wisdom, leaders and professionals in their field. Each student will:

  • Be paired with a mentor from this exceptional community introducing them to the skill of connecting oneself with a trusted, more experienced guide.
  • Experience the opportunity to teach and support younger Summit students, thereby connecting this circle of mentorship

Leadership Training

Through an outdoor adventure framework, students will:

  • Acquire leadership skills in decision-making, self-awareness, conservation, and risk management, among others.
  • Immerse themself in the outdoor gems in our area allowing students to personally grow and connect with classmates in a different setting through team-building exercises.

Life Academy

An emphasis in life skills is highly impactful in the lives of young people. In an effort to build a great generation of people, Life Academy instruction will focus on:

  • Accountability, compassion, grit, perseverance, informed decision-making ultimately preparing our students to overcome obstacles that are guaranteed in life.
  • Fortifying healthy character traits in our students will also be accompanied with an education in measurable life skills such as: budgeting, resume writing, public speaking, cooking basics, interviewing, and changing a tire on a car.

Community Engagement

Summit Charter High School students will be given experiential opportunities to apply classroom content to community-based activities.

  • Service learning in real world contexts like a hospital or retirement facility, or even guests in another culture, benefits the students while providing community partners opportunities to solve an issue.
  • Students will also be exposed to a list of speakers during their time at Summit.

SUMMIT CENTER

Summit Center—the school’s first gymnasium and auditorium—is nearing completion. In addition to serving student athletes with a fully-equipped gym, the 18,656 square foot building will include state-of-the-art classrooms for music and art education.

Click here for construction updates on the Summit Center and high school building.