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Students enrolled: 350
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4655 Hanover Ave
Boulder, CO 80305

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(720) 561-3900
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Amount of homework: Too much
June 11, 2015
They give us like 5 hours of homework. I think they could do better if they give us homework that wouldn't pressure or overwhelm us.

- submitted by a student
Develops grit: Neutral
June 11, 2015
Our school gives us competitions that make a few students have perseverance and try harder. Since everyone is different, the usual kids wouldn't have much of persistence.

- submitted by a student
Develops respect: Disagree
June 11, 2015
Simply people don't respect other people. 1.A popular person stuck gum in my backpack (Excuse me? plus no gum in school!) 2. The kids older than other kids will slam against them and say," Get out of my way, pixies!" ( That can create a concussion.... in fact like me) Luckily my teacher saw that!

- submitted by a student
Develops empathy: Strongly disagree
June 11, 2015
What popular kids say about me: 1. Your clothes is stupid (with swearing) 2. Your last name is (explicit) 3. Can't you stop following me? ( my old friend who dumped me) How can I simply enjoy school when people are treating me like this? I am not an annoying person, I am an introvert, and usually introverts are bullied, including me.

- submitted by a student

June 11, 2015
The academics are great, but there are bullies! They make fun of kids simply that like to learn and are in the accelerated level, like me. They are those popular kids that swear and think they are "cool" simply because they are with trends. One day they would be in a fast food restaurant working, thinking," Why was I popular and bullying smart kids?"

- submitted by a student
Develops honesty: Disagree
June 11, 2015
This is because I only have 1 friend and the mean popular kids simply said these things to me: "Your clothes are so stupid." " Your last name means (explicit) "Can't you stop following me?" ( Friend that ditched me)

- submitted by a student

February 07, 2015
The school is very academically great, but the honor society and student council is not manage well. The honor society, which is not part of National Junior Honor Society, is in its first year and I have not seen or heard about what this honor society does. The student council and honor society only accept students based on grade not merit. For example the student council and honor society are filled with the "popular kids" who are anti social and very arrogant. The beast program is also a similar story, the beast program since it was changed to be in groups has not taught anything to the students considering its main reason is the bring summit together, hence the name, but does not help or talk about bulling or students emotions. The school is a good school academically, but the beast program only meets 4 times a year. The honor society does not help the school in a big way, leaving that job to student council, that also contains bullies. The beast program never talks about themes and helps change some of the bad behavior at summit. The honor society does not tutor students, unlike a normal honor societies.

- submitted by a community member

January 21, 2015
Mixed results. My academically oriented daughter chose this school because the vibe was mellower than other middle schools. (Well, yes, the reputation does tend to attract select bookish types.) A couple teachers have been absolutely inspirational. But many seem to be regularly hired away by a local private school. The homework load varies -- sometimes it's the same as other middle schools (we've had another kid through BVSD), other times it's frankly ridiculous. Some assignments are meaningful, many are busywork. So she is learning how to pick and choose. Should she go to bed late, skip dinner with her family, or deal with the consequences of a late or half-baked assignment? There's talk at Summit about life-work balance, but not a lot of follow through. There's talk about different kinds of learners, but most work is standard style. Ultimately, my student is learning some long term survival techniques in the rat race, trying to find intrinsic motivation for assignments. (altho she sometimes does get caught up in the Type-A overachiever culture.) I figure it's easier to test the waters here, tho, rather than in high school where the stakes for good grades are higher.

- submitted by a parent

May 16, 2014
This school was great (at least back at the year it started). Teachers were big on making sure the kids understood the subjects and very helpful with all questions. Yes, the homework level is high, but it sets you up with the abilities to make it far in life. I was an introvert and had absolutely no problem learning here.

- submitted by a community member

May 11, 2013
Ex-squeeze me? Did someone say that summit kids are NERDY? Hold on. I'm a Summit Kid, and just because we are smart and full of love for learning (sometimes) doesn't make us nerdy. I hate math. Honestly. My math teacher is TERRIBLE here. He is mean to the kids that don't do well, even if they are trying as hard as they can and there parents force them to be in a high class. He is very unfair. WE ARE NOT NERDY. We are well prepared for the future, while also having tons of friends, fun, and fashion sense. We've got the best of both worlds!

- submitted by a community member

March 13, 2012
An incredible school. I'm always amazed at how well Summit does at not only Science Fair and National History Day, but also in sports. Because of the small tight-nit relationship, you feel as if you're part of something really great. As many teachers say, "Summit is the small school with a big heart". There is so much I'd like to say about Summit, but honestly, I don't have any bad things to say, so I'll leave you with this: Summit is not only a life-changing school, but because of it's high achieving history, it isn't uncommon to hear kids say "oh, you know, it's cause we go to Summit"

- submitted by a parent

August 16, 2011
Wonderful school, thanks to nearly all of the teachers. There are only a couple that I'm amazed are still there, especially because the teachers there are not unionized. [The principal is moving on within a year...] We hope to see some redirection of the few ineffective teachers, and more rewards to the utterly fantastic ones who are "hard", but highly respected by parents and alumni. My non-scientific extrovert felt the school was "too small" by the time graduation came (but appreciates it greatly in hindsight), but my science&math-loving introvert fit right in.

- submitted by a parent

May 21, 2011
Our oldest started at Summit this year and has had a terrific experience. The teaching has been engaging and rigorous (but not too rigorous) and he's enjoyed the challenge of more and harder work.

- submitted by a parent

March 13, 2011
I go to Summit now, and am a current 8th grader. Although the homework load is heavy (especially since I am taking the highest level of courses offered) and a bit stressful, Summit is a wonderful place. I have learned so much these past three years, I have made such wonderful friends, and have close bonds with my teachers. Summit prepares you amazingly for high school, and next year I, as well as almost every other Summit kid, will be taking advanced courses and will be way ahead of students from other schools. I disagree with the last comment, because all of the faculty and kids are very accepting to everyone. However, the sports teams aren't great, so I have played club soccer and basketball instead of on a school team. I also haven't been part of many clubs or activities, with the exception of National Junior Honor Society. Overall, this is a great school. I am very connected with my teachers, and all my fellow students.

- submitted by a community member

February 13, 2011
If your kid is an introvert, this is not the school for them. The teachers and administrators tend to humiliate introverts, and they have have a poor and inconsistent track record of recording grades in a timely manner. Homework load is above average.

- submitted by a parent

October 25, 2010
I feel so fortunate to have a school like Summit Middle School in Boulder and to have "won" the lottery by getting a coveted spot for my first child (and therefore my second) at this fabulous school. My children are thriving at Summit, are handling the work load and are becoming such interesting, engaged students thanks to the talent faculty and staff I think that my children are receiving a private school education from the cost of attending a public charter school. I cannot say enough about this school, the faculty and the opportunity. What a gem of a school!

- submitted by a parent

April 18, 2009
I attended Summit for three years, from 05-08, and found it an excellent experience. It's a common sterotype that all Summit kids are nerdy, but that is not the case. Homework levels are heavier than at other middle schools, but many students take a study hall. I and all of my friends found the homework level quite managable, even for students involved in extracurricular activites. (I was in NJHS, Net Zero CLub, Spansih Club, and on the track team.) I disagree with the assessment of a parent that 'If a kid isn't doing well, the staff is quick to suggest that kid go elsewhere. If a kid isn't doing well, the staff is quick to suggest that kid go elsewhere.' All Summit teachers offer tutoring at lest once a week for struggling students, and there are special math and English labs offered once a week for anyone who wants one-on-one help.

- submitted by a student

October 30, 2007
I am an 7th Grade student that goes to Summit, and let me tell you, this will be my last year here. All of the kids are nerdy, and since I don't spend all of my waking moments studying, the other kids make me the outcast. Also, The homework amount assigned is more akin to college level, and it is rediculous. Shouldn't some focus be given to extracurricular activities?

- submitted by a student

August 27, 2007
The teachers at Summit Middle School are all dedicated to providing as high a quality education to the kids as possible. The homework load does get to be extremely demanding, however the in class work time is exceptional. This school is a refreshing haven for students that thrive on a great deal of academic challenge, but can be a major strain on students that aren't as academically oriented. The students at Summit are somewhat sheltered from some of the negative behaviors that can plague other middle schools. I wouldn't say that they're naive about what students in other schools may be exposed to, but they aren't bombarded with exposure to it themselves.

- submitted by a parent

July 29, 2007
This school challenges your student! It is an excellent prep for high school and beyond with its rigorous academics. Parents are highly involved as well.

- submitted by a parent

February 16, 2007
Summit is a charter school that's devoted to above average kids to brilliant kids. The faculty is excellent, workload demanding, and grading deflated. If a kid isn't doing well, the staff is quick to suggest that kid go elsewhere. Summit is not for everyone. Socially, Summit kids tend to be a bit nerdy. The administration tolerates no bullying. Social ostracism is limited because students are a bit too busy for it. Parents tend to be the helicopter type and focus almost entirely on their own children. Don't ask about someone's kids or you'll spend the next two hours hearing about wonderful they are. All in all, this is a great school for a particular kind of kid. Truly, the faculty is marvelous. I'm less thrilled with the administrators, but the faculty tend to do a great job despite their bosses.

- submitted by a parent
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Summit Middle Charter School
4655 Hanover Ave, Boulder, CO  80305
(720) 561-3900
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