Expeditions plays an essential role in realizing the mission of Summit Public Schools by offering engaging, relevant, and meaningful electives, enrichment opportunities, and experiences to prepare our students for success in college, career, and life.  For eight total weeks during the school year, students experience expeditions. Students immerse themselves into subjects about which they are passionate, learn from professionals in these fields and emerge with a new perspective of the world and their future plans.

During expeditions students explore the strands of
  • Community contribution,
  • College readiness,
  • Career readiness,
  • Cultural awareness,
  • Visual, dramatic, and media arts,
  • Health and wellness,
  • Internships.
(At this same time, teachers undergo 40 days of intensive professional development, preparation and planning focused on improving student performance. Everyone returns to the classroom reinvigorated and prepared to tackle the challenges ahead).

2016-17 Expedition Courses

Speak with Purpose - Instructor: Tia Ade
Tia Ade (nee Mutiyat Ade-Salu) is a first-generation American and Nigerian-American. Born in New Jersey and raised in New York City, she’s now a professional writer, actress, vocalist, and audiobook narrator. Tia is the recipient of the 2014 Audie Award and her audiobooks can be found on Audible.com. On stage, she’s appeared in Horizon Repertory’s Benito Cereno directed by Woodie King, Jr., 2012’s Foreign Bodies written by slam-poet champion Eboni Hogan as part of Culture Project’s Women Centerstage Festival, and was an original founding member of the 1st Generation Nigerian Projectfrom 2009-2010 at Labyrinth Theatre Company. Her film credits include Mother of George starringDanai Gurira, Blue Caprice starring Isaiah Washington, and the upcoming independents Parker’s Anchor and Clipped Wings They Do Fly starring Bill Duke. Tia is a graduate of The University of Michigan-Ann Arbor as well as LaGuardia Arts High School aka The Fame School. She’s a former writer for APPLAUSE Africa magazine and creator of the blog SPEAK!, one of the first blogs ever to speak on the first-generation African American experience(mutiyatspeaks.blogspot.com). To learn about her latest project, visit www.meettia.com.

Our Partners

Metro Parks Tacoma

Metro Parks Tacoma is an independent government agency creating healthy opportunities to play, learn, and grow since 1907. In addition to managing the public parks of Tacoma, Metro Parks employs skilled educators who run events, camps, and classes to adults and youth in Tacoma. Summit Olympus is proud to call Metro Parks an Expedition Partner, that has helped us establish and lead engaging courses for students including: Culinary Arts, Video Production, Photography, Outdoor Adventure, Basketball, Visual Arts, Dramatic Arts, Music Appreciation, Drumming, Volleyball, Music Recording, and more!

Learn more about Metro Parks from their website: www.metroparkstacoma.org

We.App (Act, Present, Perform)

We.App is an experiential learning program designed to help students improve their language and writing skills as well as their ability to collaborate and present effective oral presentations. By integrating public speaking, language arts, and performing arts (specifically voice, stage presence and acting), students write and perform original works that address issues such as, bullying, peer-pressure, self-esteem, leadership, interview skills, and diversity. These works are developed into culminating projects that are viewed as guides/standards for young scholars of all ages. We.App will be leading the Speak with Purpose Expedition in 2016-17.

Learn more about We.App at their website: www.theweappstudio.com and check out a documentary that includes the Rising Voices Oratory Documentary, which highlights their work and what we can expect of future Phoenix scholars who participate in this class.