It’s hard to believe that Summit Academy Charter School is in its 15th year of educating young people. Our first years brought many successes and challenges as our scholars pressed forward toward excellence. The road map Summit scholars are following is not effortless but has proven to result in outstanding achievement.
Continuously pursuing excellence is the guiding principle of the Summit Academy Charter School community. Our administrative and platinum teaching staff diligently equip students daily to surpass the academic demands outlined in the performance standards and assessments of the State Education Department. As educators, ensuring that students acquire the skills necessary to become literate and productive members of society in the twenty-first century is of the utmost importance. Summit Academy has the potential to be significantly more effective than the traditional Community School District 15 public institutions.
Summit Academy provides a superior education and extracurricular program that affords children who may be destined for lives of limited options to have the chance to achieve their potential and make a contribution to themselves, their families, and their communities.
Dr. Natasha Campbell
It is a privilege to serve Summit Academy Charter School as the principal. I consider it an honor to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a longstanding history in academics, athletics and the fine arts. The privilege of working with such a talented and dedicated faculty and staff, a tremendous student body, and a supportive network of parents and community members will only help push Summit towards new heights.
Our scholars are on a journey that is lifelong. It involves constant evolution and a willingness to always seek out experiences in institutions of learning that will forge a path towards success in whatever form that speaks to who they are and where they want to be in the future. Here at Summit, we guide, inspire and advocate for scholars. We want our them to honor themselves and their peers. But more importantly, we aspire for our scholars to utilize the educational experiences that we instill at Summit and use it for years to come.
Summit Academy Charter School bridges the gap between aspirations and reality by preparing sixth through twelfth-grade students to gain acceptance to, excel in, and graduate from college by using three pillars of success: mastery of core subjects, character building, and community leadership.
By engaging students in an academically rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum, competitive athletics program, and comprehensive fine arts academy, Summit Academy will prepare our young people to participate meaningfully in the greater economy and expand their choices and opportunities.
The core beliefs of our school will enable Staff, students, families, and the community to be involved in the educational process to create a safe, supportive environment where students are motivated to learn and believe that success is attainable. Everyone honors and respects the difference and uniqueness of each individual while developing a sense of responsibility toward themselves, their school community, and the community at large.
We believe that all scholars can achieve at high levels when provided with high-quality, engaging instruction led by skilled and caring teachers who hold scholars to high expectations. We understand that scholars learn differently and at varying rates. We strive to understand how our scholars learn best and provide differentiated instruction to meet the diverse learning needs of all scholars.
We recognize that it is easier for scholars to comprehend and retain information when we create a stimulating learning environment. To maintain an inspiring environment, teachers must both excite and challenge scholars in their work and ensure that they understand how the work is important to their lives and future goals. Subscribing to this idea of learning allows us to acknowledge that learning must be tailored to fit every scholar as it relates to his/her level as well as interests.
Teachers possess a great power to influence and shape our scholar’s intellect and character. With that power comes great responsibility to master the craft that ultimately impacts our children and their successes. We recognize that there is a recipe for effective teaching, and we model those practices to support scholar growth.
A major component of Summit Academy Charter School’s vision is to support the character development of our scholars. We want to raise not just intelligent citizens but compassionate and conscious global citizens who realize their impact on their communities and the world around them. Creating well-rounded individuals takes both academic and character instruction.
Our instructional leaders at Summit Academy lead by example. They foster a collaborative environment where innovative ideas and best practices are shared freely to enhance the teaching and learning process. Our instructional leaders understand that teachers are leaders, too, and provide opportunities for teachers to learn and grow from one another. We participate in various internal and external professional learning communities to effectively collaborate through collective inquiry, research, and data to advance our scholars.
Scholar growth and achievement take the work of a community of people who are interested in seeing a child grow and achieve. Summit Academy Charter School partners with families, friends, and our local and global community to teach and develop our children. Our Family Achievement Council (FAC) meets monthly. During the FAC meetings, we offer a variety of workshops on topics that include but are not limited to: How to Help Your Child with Homework, Cyberbullying, and Test-Taking Strategies.