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WHAT IS TAUGHT

Each and every day, we are working to prepare students for success in college. Our school day focuses on the development of students'

  • CONTENT KNOWLEDGE
  • HABITS OF SUCCESS
    • Including goal setting, planning, self-direction skills, reflection, persistence through challenges and failure, group work skills.
  • CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT
    • Including discussion about our Core Characteristics of compassion, courage, curiosity, integrity, responsibility, and respect.
  • READING
    • Including dedicated time each day for targeted reading intervention and development.
    • (During the 2015-16 school year, Summit Olympus students grew in reading skills at double the national average!)
  • MATHEMATICAL REASONING
    • Including dedicated time each day for targeted math intervention and development.
    • (During the 2015-16 school year, Summit Olympus grew at nearly 4x the national average in math skills!)
We do this while relentlessly working to build a strong, safe, supportive, college-going community and culture with all students.



THE SCHOOL DAY

A students day is broke up into the following categories:

PROJECT TIME
The majority of student time is spent developing cognitive skills through engaging, authentic projects. During this time, teachers lead students through the development of skills and projects through the use to strong instructional practices. Some of the time is spent in groups learning together and some of the time is spent practicing skills and getting feedback.

MENTOR TIME
Four days a week, students meet with their mentor group to reflect on the day and set goals for the future. Mentor groups also use this time to bond and learn more about each other.

HABITS, COMMUNITY, & CULTURE
Once a week, mentor groups have a longer period of time together called Habits, Community, and Culture class. This period is meant to help students learn more about college, develop their Habits of Success, and get to know each other better as a group.

PERSONALIZED LEARNING TIME
Students spend some of their time learning content knowledge at their own pace. During this time, students are coached by teachers to help learn how to set goals, plan their time, take good notes, and choose the best resources to learn from. 

SUMMIT READS
All students need to develop into better readers. During the Summit reads period, students will read material at their level and be coached on how to learn more from what they read.

SUMMIT SOLVES
Like Summit Reads, Summit Solves is a time for all students to develop. This time focuses on practicing math and becoming for fluent with numbers. Students are placed into different tiers of intervention based on their performance in math class and on math exams.

OFFICE HOURS
Every morning and afternoon, students have the opportunity to come in and get personalized support from their teachers. When students are struggling in any class, they should be in office hours every day until they catch up.




THE FOUR YEARS

Typically, our students course sequence is as follows:

Olympus 4-Year Course Sequence 2016





GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS

At Summit Public Schools, we are deeply committed to our mission to prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college or university, and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. Thus, our students take the necessary courses to exceed the Washington state high school graduation requirements and take all college entrance course requirements. All students at Summit Olympus will take AP Courses their junior and senior year as well!

Here’s how Summit WA students exceed the Washington state credit requirements:

WA Requirements

Summit Requirements

Notes

English

4

4

Mathematics

3

4

4th year counts as WA elective credit.

Science

3

4

4th year counts as WA elective credit.

Social Studies*

3

4

4th year counts as WA elective credit.

World Language

2

2+

We encourage 3 years. 3rd and 4th years count as WA elective credit.

Arts

2

2

2 art Expeditions.

Health and Fitness

1.5 Fitness and .5 Health

1.5 Fitness and  .5 Health

Health = .25 during sophomore and junior year PLT or Community Time. Fitness = 2 expeditions and/or participation in Summit sponsored sport or fitness related after-school club.

Career and Technical Education

1

1

Senior year internship and/or Expedition CTE course.

Many expedition courses are CTE aligned.

College Readiness Expedition

N/A

1

Mandatory junior year Expedition.

Electives

4

N/A (Already satisfied)

All elective credits are met through senior year courses in Math, Science, Social Studies and Spanish.

Total =

24

24+

* If students didn’t meet the WA State History requirement in middle school, they need to complete 3 WA State History playlists during PLT.

** All students need a High School & Beyond Plan. Districts/charters determine the specifics. Our PLP is sufficient.

*** Students in WA are no longer required to complete a Culminating Project.

**** Students are encouraged to participate in community service; however, this isn't a WA or Summit requirement for graduation.



Learn more about our graduation requirements here!



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