I am a parent of a senior at Summit Rainier. Anyone that says they don't prepare our kids for college is absolutely insane. I have seen students in our mentor group go from no hope of even graduating high school to being excited about their GPA and knowing exactly what they need to do to get into the college of their choice. The only other school that can hold a candle to Summit in preparing an ENTIRE student body for college is KIPP collegiate. Other schools have traditionally prepared a very small percentage of kids for college. And of course it is not all rainbows, no school is. But one thing I know for sure is that when I have brought the school a problem I feel like my concern is validated and the problem is addressed. I am so glad that we have a great option for our students. It is different than the "traditional" high school but give it a few years and I am sure more schools will follow Summit's lead.
Teachers at this school are excellent because they are always willing to help you. If you want to push higher then the standard curriculum, they'll certainly help you self-study for AP exams. If you're behind, they are always there for officer hours. It's the dedication that matters and not that nearly all went to top universities such as Stanford and UC Berkeley. Curriculum is designed to be very consistent and fair, you're work is exactly graded to the curriculum. No biased, easy grading or quirks. That being said, students have a huge problem. I mean, teachers are great right, what else could be wrong? It's themselves. There is a culture of victimhood that infects most people. You will see many kids not actually trying and rather goof off until grades are turned in, then blame the school. Clubs are a mess since most (save for like two) don't do anything due to lack of participation by the greater population (thankfully we have plenty in sports). I mean, if you're an outsider kid who knows how to deal with people like that you'l be fine. They can actually be nice. I do think that the school will be better as more dedicated freshmen arrive. It's much better then most schools tbh.
This school has really been great for my child. The teachers are fantastic. They really care a great deal about the students and often help them after hours (on their own time). We have a lot of cf caring and dedicated parents that often help the school. They are very hands on.
As a parent and community member, I am deeply disappointed in Summit High School in San Jose. They have subscribed to a very radical approach across the board in their learning model. The students are in an independent study with little guidance. Regrettably, Summit San Jose does not emulated the Redwood City Summit School's teaching model of success.
I can honestly say as a parent what I wanted in a high school is a safe environment where the kids can learn and be happy. I found it at Summit Rainier. Not all high schools fit all kids but this one is wonderful with the most caring teachers I have ever trusted my kids to. Very happy.
I love the teachers and parents. There is a sense of community, which is wonderful.
Rainier is a small school. This school is small because we value a tight, close knit community. After we moved to the Mt. Pleasant campus, we experienced some logistical problems. We were placed into portables (they are actually very nice) and were deprived of running water. Some of the science rooms have sinks that are operated by a pump, and the bathroom is far away. I am surprised about how almost none of the comments mention that every student has their own Chromebook, and with a 1-1 computer program, the majority of our courses are online, with the teacher acting as guidance, help, and support. Another great feature about this school is that we have some strong clubs, which are made and ran by the students. I want to address that issue that there are some individuals who do not take this seriously and take the program for granted. I want to say that this occurs in every public school. Overall, this school is definitely above average. The teachers are close to you and it is very hard it be lonely in this school. The academic program is different and technology based.
We really like the attention our daughter got from her teachers. We also like the fact that the students are doing a lot of practical projects to re-inforce the theories and textbook lectures. With projects, the students are gaining a lot more in-dept understanding of the subjects. The facility is not great, but it's a trade off. We are happy about the school !!
The teachers and mentors are awesome. They really care about the kids and consistently check in with them.
Anyone who takes a good hard look at our current public school systems knows that it is not working! Summit is the closest to an ideal scene I have found in all of the Bay Area. If you want your typical "high school" experience, skip it. If you want your child to have a chance at succeeding come take a look.
This school really is preparing them for college. Each student has a weekly one-to-one discussion with one of their teachers. They talk about what their goals are, subjects they have trouble in, and help out the kids with any problem they have.
Although many people say this school isn't motivating us to do work, they are wrong. When they meant that they'll prepare us for college, they meant turning us into responsible role models for our community. The only reason they are "lackadaisical" is because they want you to be independent and responsible. In college, the professors won't nag you to turn in work on time you have to stand up for your education. Being in the actual classroom, I know that cell phones are strictly prohibited and certain websites like Facebook are banned by the server. You will never get this sort of help from teachers in other public high schools.
I believe the Summit model is a great one and featured in Waiting for Superman. Clearly, most of these students have had the unfortunate experience of being educated in the Alum Rock School District, in my opinion the worst.. In 9th grade the Novel used in literature was a book my child had studied in 6th grade. The EUHSD has provided not even the minimum classroom requirements. We all want this to work! This is the spirit that I hope prevails. Most of these kids have not had the experience of teachers taking an interest in their education. What makes the RWC campus successful with a 400 student waiting list is parent and community involvement. It is sad that the East Side is written off and designated a "No Student Left Behind" district
Summit's claims of academic rigor are grossly overstated. Students are allowed to turn in late homework at any time. Hardly the challenging environment that prepares students for the challenge of college. The classroom environment is similarly lackadaisical. Shockingly, students are often permitted to listen to cell-phones during teacher instruction. Which begs the question: How engaged and focused are students if they'd rather be listening to their music and checking their Facebook instead of listening to the teacher. The school unneccessarily disorganized. In a recent outing in students went camping for a few days, with no educational objective or organized activities for the students other than playing boardgames & making beaded necklaces. It seems like the staff at Summit missed a great opportunity to teach something of value to the students. Some of the teachers have no experience teaching high school students or AP classes. I know the school is new and the teachers are new, but I don't want to wait years after my child has graduated before they figure things out. I'm working on getting my child out of there now.
My school Rainier and Tahoma have great communities. It is a middle school experience like no other, what i mean by that is. Middle schools are usually pretty small kinda big, summit is a small school also even though it's a High School and its like no other because how close everyone is to one another. How everyone has a special bond with at least one teacher. Summit also tries new ways to broaden the mind which can be stressful but summit gets an A plus on trying. The only thing bad about are school is the location in need of a campus for are own and not shared with mp or the nation Hispanic University.
I don't understand how this school is trying to help us get into college. Witht he way that they are teaching us, instead of feeling motivated to go to college, I now feel like I will have a ton of trouble in college and I feel like I will end up dropping out
I attended Summit Public Schools: Rainier last year. Honestly, they give students too many chances to make up late work which turns into a really bad habit. I went to a public school freshman year & transferred to Rainier for my sophomore year. For my junior year, I decided to transfer to another public high school & I can genuinely say that I'm MUCH happier there. If you're looking for a regular high school experience, Rainiers probably not the school for you. If you need a lot of support & help with school it might be a good option, but for those who can do well on their own, it's not the best choice in my opinion.
I am sorry to write no stars for your location at Story road, San Jose, CA., where the population is mainly Hispanic.
Hello i am a student at this school. id say the campus is very small due to the variety of students tht are attending rainier. The teaching here in summit is highly academically higher than many other schools , in other words summit is "preparing" us for college wich is fine for some but for other of my colleagues it might be understandibly hard. i consider you think wisely before you choose were you want to move your kid.Thank you for your time.
I'm a student at this school. And yes the academics are good, and we have great teachers who really care about us, but it's nowhere near to a regular school, it's too different. We don't have our own campus, we don't have p.e. and the variety of sports isn't great. This school is great in academics, but not in sports or activities. So many students that attend this school have left or want to leave. It's just too different from a regular school. We all want a normal fun high school experience, and at summit I don't believe we get that.
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