Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Summit Supports Families with College Applications

Every Summit school shares the same mission-- to prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college or university, and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. We believe students will be most successful if they attend a college that is the right fit for them academically, socially, and emotionally, and we provide resources, experiences, and guidance to help them find and get into their right fit college.
Mentoring Program
Every student is assigned a mentor, who is a faculty member at the school that is their coach, confidante, and advocate. Mentors check in individually with their mentees every week, and coach them to achieve their academic, personal, and college goals. At the start of every year, the student and parents will meet with their mentor to discuss college goals, and create a plan to help achieve those goals. Mentors also write college recommendations, and help guide their mentees through both the difficult decisions and celebrations on the pathway to college.
Study Trips to Colleges
Every year, Summit high school students visit colleges where they tour campuses, ask questions to current students, and get an overall taste of the college experience. Study trips at Summit middle schools vary from local colleges to community service excursions to other educational activities.
Summit Tahoma (San Jose) 11th grade students visiting UCLA
College Readiness Course

In 11th grade, all students take a College Readiness course during Expeditions. Expeditions are our elective courses, and are immersive experiences where students take a break from their core classes and focus on their electives for 2-week segments four times a year. In the College Readiness course, students build the foundation for strong college applications. Among many other activities, students will develop their list of best fit universities, learn about financial aid options, prepare for the SAT / ACT, and begin writing their personal essays. 
Additional Parent & Student Supports
In addition to the above supports, our schools host Parent Education Nights to help families understand college testing, applications, financial aid, and finding the best fit college. Colleges also come to our campuses, so that students can talk directly with them. All of our students also take at least 6 Advanced Placement (AP) courses, which are college-level courses that may provide them college credits if they pass the year-end AP exam. Finally, faculty and students work together to develop a school culture that supports every student being college-bound and ready.  Read our Top 10 Tips for Applying to College to learn more about preparing for college.

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