The Elementary Principal is excellent however, the Jr. High Principal at Summit Academy struggles with irritability and disinterest with the kids. I've contacted the School Exec. Director about this and although he himself is very personable and a good Director I'm not sure why this Principal is allowed to behave this way. As the leader of the Jr. High she sets the unhappy tone there. This negative environment is unfortunate for an otherwise academically good school.
My child has attended Summit since the school began. A student will learn a lot at Summit but a big expense. The homework cuts into family free time. The teachers give homework assignments that require typing but the school has not offered proper technical instructin in the elementary grades. My child is leaving this school and is not retuning for middle school.
As a former middle school student at Summit Academy, I can say that this school was not meant for middle school students. They excel in lower grade learning but lack the credentials to cover all of the bases we need to go into high-school. Overall they are great in teaching elementary school subjects, but aren't very great in teaching more difficult middle school activities, or relating (and managing) the middle school school students.
Summit Academy is a public Charter School with a focus on rigorous academics. My children have attended this school since its opening. We worked through the many changes the school has made and find that every year the school gets better. The curriculum has always remained a constant. We love school uniforms! We especially love the break-out classes which focus on multiple intelligence for language arts and math. The class sizes are small 25-27 students with one teacher and one part time instructor. Not a lot of extracurricular activities available currently. Parent involvement is huge at Summit and always welcome. A negative that we find at this school is the lack of diversity. Especially religious diversity. Most of the teachers and students belong to the same religion and discuss it openly. This polarizes my children. That aside, the school is moving in the right direction and becoming larger.
This is by far and away the best school I have found for my children. The academics are exceptional! Small break-out groups for language arts and math help each child progress at their own pace. There is a terrific family atmosphere where parents are encouraged to get involved, and respect and ethics are stressed. There is a wide array of extra-curricular activities available as well as optional all day kindergarten. The campus is beautiful and well maintained. The teachers have gone well above the call of duty to make my children feel special and accepted. Good behavior is not only expected, but rewarded. All teachers are well qualified and certified. Basically, I feel that my children are getting a high quality private school education for a public school price.
This is a Charter school with great rules for this day and age. Simple uniforms, no candy or pop at school, no electronic toys or cell phones at school, a restaurant catered lunch service, excellent curriculum including Saxon Math, break-out classes for all students in math and language arts so they work at their own level and it's a Gold Medal School, a health initiatives program thru the State of Utah Health Dept. The school director and many teachers are formerly Challenger faculty. Challenger is a local excellent private school with great academics.
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