The Summit High School program is aimed at preparing students for success in college and beyond. Graduates of The Summit’s High School program demonstrate important 21st century skills, including critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, communication, collaboration, character, and citizenship. Our progressive, inquiry-based model focuses on student-led, project-based learning through a challenging, integrated curriculum with opportunities for experiential learning and community engagement. Summit high school students participate in college preparatory courses enriched by a collaborative learning environment with teachers who are experts in their fields. Our high school faculty have over 50 years of combined experience in education and hold advanced degrees in teaching, STEM Education, American History, and mathematics as well as degrees in English, business, art, music, Spanish, and physical education. In high school, faculty serve as facilitators as students take responsibility and initiative for their own research, writing, and presentations.
Through our unique and challenging program, small class sizes, and personalized guidance counseling, we meet the needs of each student and provide a well-rounded approach to education. A critical component of progressive and independent education includes civic engagement. In addition to leadership opportunities with The Summit’s Student Council, high school students participate in job shadow experiences, internships, and service learning. Community partnerships such as Cox Hospital’s Medical Explorers, GO CAPS (Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies), and the Springfield Leadership Academy allow students to gain career insight and valuable experiences while building connections with local businesses for future talent.
Progressive Education Goals for High School Students
College and Career Preparation
High School students may choose to register in the Soar Program, which provides flexibility regarding where high school credits are earned. Soar students earn credits toward their high school diploma by taking approved courses on and off our campus at local colleges, universities, and other accredited organizations. These students work with The Summit Guidance Counselor and their faculty mentor to develop a Guided Learning Plan toward graduation and establish a communication plan to monitor student progress and assess learning.
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