This is a safe place to share your honest opinions of a school, whether good or bad.
Posted April 25, 2006
- a parent
I have 2 kids in this school. This school nothing but nurtures kids to be their best. They have an advanced curriculum, 2 foreign languages and gym right from the 3 yr old program. The teachers are well qualified. Small classroom sizes allow for individualized attention to every kid.
We began Summit Academy in its First Program for Parents and Babies six years ago. We have never been disappointed with our choice to continue. The education for value cannot be matched. Summit educates the whole child, not just a few core areas. Children are exposed to every aspect of technology, physical activity, arts, sciences, language arts, and advanced problem solving at an accelerated pace in a safe environment. They learn like sponges, taking every thing in. If this school is in your budget, it cannot be beaten. A strong parent organization helps to offset costs of the extensive technology programs, as well as keep parents involved in the day to day operaions of the Academy. Small classes and energetic well-qualified teachers further enrich this accelerated curriculum. A strong character building program makes good citizens of tomorrow.
Excellent preschool and elementary program. Teachers are very experienced, well-prepared and caring.
Preschool/Elementary includes Spanish, French, Art, Music, and daily P.E. class in addition to accelerated academic curriculum (my 4 year old is learning some double-digit math and beg. reading).
Student-teacher ratios are excellent. My elementary child is in a class of 15 with 1 teacher, 1 full-time assistant and 1 assistant who is an education intern from a nearby college.
There is a great deal of parent involvement in this school. There are also abundant opportunities for the children to develop their leadership and public performance skills (e.g. school musicals, community involvement, class debates, etc.).
6th - 8th graders took the ACT and scored in the 20's (acceptable at many colleges!).
The middle school classes are extremely small and male-dominated which may be a negative. Also, classes seem very structured (i.e. as opposed to Montessori) and there is lots of homework.
Outstanding school, with extraordinary teachers. I have my children here for 7 years now, and they all are well above average in terms of test scores. More importantly, however, they have all developed a passion for learning, reading and school in general, to the extent that they look forward to fall so that they can go back to school. Although there is limited sporting options, I'd say that's a pretty minor knock - they can get then in 9th grade on up and are active participants in our city's leagues for basketball, softball and baseball. Most parents are involved at some level, and all appear to be as committed to their children's educations as I am.
My children have been at Summit Academy since the age of 2. My daughter is currently going into 5th grade and my son is moving into Kindergarten. My children are extremely self confident and very outgoing. I attribute a high percentage of that to the opportunities that they have received at Summit. The small class sizes allows them to get one on one instruction and they experience so many exciting things that they would not be able to in a larger, standard class size. Through Summit, my children have obtained the educational and social foundations needed to succeed anywhere.