If your child takes AP course, they will be perfectly ready for college. I graduated from Summit in 2004, and adjusting to the University of Texas at Austin has been relatively easy for me and other former Summit students. Overall, Summit is a quality school in a good district.
I agree parents should be more 'into' their child's school/learning. I have a child in elem. and high school and the elem. school seems to comunicate better with the parents regarding their children and etc. Many times the only way I learn about what is happening w/my high schooler is if I go by Summit and read their board out front. I don't seem to get information timely or at all if we depend on the child no mater how involved we are. I do like how the district now has a newsletter emailing. Maybe this is a good way to communicate between school/teacher and parents. Also, I feel it was unfair to move my area to Timberview when Summit is so near my home. Regardless of racial statistics it should go by where you live. How are we to remove racial problems if we continue to push that issue?
Overall I feel that the school has done a tremendous job with its ability to take on such a large demand of students in such a short amout of time but with that being said the school teaches like everyone knows what is being said and done. In school your taught to be diffrent and think outside the box, well once you walk through those doors it doesnt matter because youre eitheir get whats being taught or you fail because theirs not enough time to understand all the criteria that is being taught.
I too have experienced Summit's college type approach to educating the large student population. It would be great if every student had supportive parents who are involved but that is a fantasy. The fact is that schools jobs are to educate in spite of; not to not do so because. I do feel with the new TAKS guidelines that Summit and other Texas schools will have to educate all not just a few. The new guideline will establish ratings for schools by taking into consideration minorities that pass the test. Summit has some improvements to make and this is understandable for a new school but changes should be swift and not based upon state requirements but truly leaving no child behind.
It is unfortunate that parents want to blame others for their own shortcomings and place the responsibility they should have for their children s education on an institution or a group of individuals. Summit has over 3000 students assigned to two campuses---and I wonder how many parents came to Open House (in the fall and in the spring)? How many parents have set-up a conference via phone or in person to meet the teacher who 'interacts/raises' their child? How many parents know all of their child's teachers by name? How many parents can tell you what classes their child attends each day--And how many credits their child has towards graduation? If you are a parent reading this and cannot answer these questions---don't blame the school for not taking an interest in your child---when you haven't either.
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