Thursday, January 29, 2015

Summer of Summit 2015: A Unique Opportunity for Incoming Students


Meet classmates and teachers. Get a head start on your academics. Discover your passions. Learn about the Summit community and culture before school begins. Summer of Summit welcomes all of our new students to enjoy this unique opportunity.

The program is FREE with lunch included.

Incoming students are invited to attend a New Student Program that will provide a fun and engaging experience offering academic rigor as well as personal growth and community building.


Students will have the opportunity to:
  • Build community and culture with other incoming and current Summit students 
  • Explore individual passions through Summit Expeditions
  • Learn the Summit student experience
  • Improve math and reading skills


Save the Dates! If you attend a Summit school, your student will be able to attend either one of the below two-week sessions.
  • Option 1: June 23 - 26 & July 7 - 10
                                        OR
  • Option 2: July 14 - 17 & July 21 - 24


Classes will be held Tuesday- Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. each week at the below campuses:

  • Summit Denali (Grades 6-8): 495 Mercury Drive, Sunnyvale, CA 94085 
  • Summit Prep (Grades 9-12): 890 Broadway Street, Redwood City, CA 94063 
  • Summit K2 (Grades 7-8): 1800 Elm Street, El Cerrito, CA 94530
  • Summit Rainier (Grades 9-12): 1750 S. White Road, San Jose, CA 95127
  • Summit Shasta (Grades 9-11): 350 90th St, 2nd Floor, Daly City, CA 94015
Students are able to choose whichever campus is most convenient to them as long as it serves their incoming grade level.


After our schools' lotteries, families that are accepted and enroll will have an opportunity to register for Summer of Summit 2015. The program is optional for all students.

Monday, January 19, 2015

YOU Can Learn Anything!

It's not just our intelligence and our talent that drives success, it's also our mindset. After decades of research on why some people achieve their potential and others don't, world-renowned Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck developed the concept of mindset. People with a growth mindset believe that abilities and intelligence can be developed through persistence and hard work. When students have a growth mindset, they focus on improvement, are resilient when facing setbacks, and are motivated to learn. People with a fixed mindset believe that their intelligence and abilities are fixed and are not within their control. Students with a fixed mindset are more likely to avoid challenges, give up easily, and apply less effort since they feel their hard work will offer limited improvement.

One of Summit's key beliefs is to have a growth mindset and that belief is interwoven in everything we do and instilled in all of our mentor and student conversations.

Watch this inspiring video from Khan Academy that reminds us that YOU can learn anything!

Read more about growth mindset in our student's playlist

Do you have a growth mindset? Take the QUIZ

Creating the Best Place to Learn

At Summit schools, we've created the best place for our students to learn by helping our students get into their zone. We help each individual student find that sweet spot in learning where it isn't too easy or too hard to learn, so that each student can grow to reach their highest potential. We call it being in the Summit Zone.

Recently, all of our students and faculty reflected on what times of day, environments, and mindsets helped them achieve their goals and get into their zone where they performed their best. Below is a small sample of their personal In the Zone profiles. 

Watch this video to learn more about the Summit Zone.


Monday, January 12, 2015

Students Explore Passions in Expeditions

Summit believes helping students find their passions and interests keeps students motivated to learn, be curious, and persevere through challenges. It’s that spark and internal drive that creates a fulfilling and enriching life and help them become thoughtful, contributing members of society as adults.

That’s why for 8 weeks of the school year, during Summit Expeditions, students immerse themselves in energizing and engaging electives where students discover and deepen their passions. In their Expeditions courses, students will take a break from their core academic classes and dive into unique subject areas that are potentially life and perspective-changing.

We offer a variety of Expeditions courses and workshops at each school that appeal to different types of learners, passions, and interests. Topics range film and video production to computer science to psychology and much much more and are taught by Expedition teachers and community partners who are experts in their field.

Watch the video below to learn more!