Our son received an excellent education and was challenged in every way, spiritually, educationally, and physically. He had a great soccer experience, tried tennis, learned Spanish, adapted well to school from a homeschool environment, and was taught to write, think, articulate, and enjoy his education.
Dana Tuminello has gone above and beyond to share what our school means to families and students, and she has come in to her position with energy and creativity to communicate this with the community. Also, Cindy Earwood has done a fantastic job as an academic advisor to the senior class, reminding and helping them in the transition from high school to life beyond SCA. Thanks a million to both of them!
There are teachers many students love at SCA and they have a passion for the subject they teach, and they love kids - I think they do a very effective job of teaching and give the students many different approaches and a great variety in their education. Teachers are highly qualified and have taught my son to love learning.
Ninth grade homework seemed heavy due to the adjustment from homeschool to SCA, but as my son adjusted to the level required and as he learned to budget his time, his homework management became much better, and it didn't seem like there was too much expected, as a general rule. Teachers were fair about sharing assignments very early so students can plan ahead.
Students are encouraged to pursue challenging academic options and in doing so are putting themselves in situations where they have to persevere to accomplish their academic goals. Mentors and faculty do all they can to encourage students to perform to the best of their ability, challenging them to rise above the level to which they think they can reach.
Students are expected to show respect for others in their treatment of students, faculty, guests, family members, and the community. They are given tools to make this concrete with training in etiquette, reminders of God's calling in Scripture, and also in practical examples by the administration with offsite retreats and events.
This school community is a family and meets in many ways outside of the school day as well as in the classroom. Students are constantly reminded that the teachers care about them personally, the administration knows them by name, and they are encouraged through chapel and other venues to be mindful of one another and their impact on the family with actions, speech, and participation.
There is encouragement for accountability in the Ministry Teams that meet every day after lunch, where peers, older student mentors and teachers remind students of their calling, their Biblical basis for all of life, and for high standards in their education.
Our girls loved their time at Summit Christian Academy. The classical curriculum is a great education. Unlike many Christian schools, SCA's Christian commitment influences the entire curriculum. The students learn logic and Latin and many other great things. I'll never forget when my first grader was given an advent calendar by our neighbor. The neighbor asked, "Do you know what advent is?" My daughter responded, "Oh, yes. It comes from the Latin word adventis. It means 'coming' or 'to come'." I think my neighbor almost feinted from shock!
This is our 8th year to send our children to Summit. It's not just a school, it's like a family. Summit has been a ministry to myself and my husband, not just our children. The education at Summit is PHENOMENAL, but I now realize that what college or career my child lands in is not the most important aspiration. Mostly, I want my child to find JOY in serving God and serving others, in every aspect of her life. I also want her to think critically, work hard (as if working for the Lord), and to search out truth. The staff and teachers at Summit are an amazing example of these qualities. My children not only feel loved by their teachers and principal, but they also learn to love like that. Now that is invaluable!