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Frequently Asked Questions

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


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How is my student graded at Summit Olympus?

Grades show both the competencies students have as well as the growth they have made. We believe that our students will be growing and improving in their abilities throughout the year, and we want their grades to reflect and celebrate that. Thus:
  • 70% of a course's grade are graded based on a student’s cognitive skills in projects. Students must complete every project to pass a class. If a student does not complete a project or the cognitive skill average for a course is below 70%, then the student will have an Incomplete grade. He/she can change the Incomplete into a letter grade by completing any overdue projects and improving in his/her cognitive skill scores.
  • 30% of a student's grade reflects the mastery of content in a course. This is split between Power Focus Areas (worth 21%) and Additional Focus Areas (worth 9%). Students show mastery by passing content assessments. Students must pass all content assessments in the Power Focus Areas to pass a class.

How can I see my students academic progress?

Parents can log-in to see their students up-to-date academic progress at anytime during the year using the Personalized Learning Plan. Each parent has access to a unique log-in that will be provided during Back to School Night. As a parent, the PLP will help you support your student's academic success and college readiness at home. We encourage each parent to check the PLP tool weekly to understand:
  1. The current projects your student is working on and whether your student is completing projects on time
  2. Your student's cognitive skill performance and whether he/she is on-track to meet his/her individual goals
  3. Your student's pace of passing content assessments and whether he/she is on-track to meet his/her individual goals
To learn how to use the PLP to support your student, check out this Playlist | Parents Personalized Learning Plan.

If you lost or never received a log-in, please email Greg at gponikvar@summitps.org and we'll get one set up for you!


My student has medication they need to take at school and/or I'd like to keep Ibuprofen at school for my child. What do I need to do?

The State of Washington requires that we have a consent formed filled out if your student needs to take medication during the school day. If this applies to your student, please download, print, and fully complete this form and turn it into the front office.



What if my student wants to take a foreign language besides Spanish?

As an organization, we strongly encourage students to take advantage of our designed Spanish curriculum. We offer four Spanish courses: Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3, and AP Spanish Language. We value Spanish fluency due to our surrounding culture and the communities our students serve. Spanish is the second most spoken language in Washington, and we want to support students in being contributing members to our entire unique population. This means being able to communicate with all individuals in an authentic way by speaking their native language. Our Spanish teachers are providing a rigorous learning experience that is most aligned with the skills and expectations of any future college course your student will take. 

However, we do want to offer an individualized experience for our students, and we want to make sure that if we don't offer a program that would best fit our students' long term goals, we are still allowing for that learning to happen. There are many options for taking a foreign language course outside of Summit’s curriculum; however, one must be careful to enroll in the appropriate courses so that each student only selects classes that meet our school’s graduation requirement of taking two consecutive years of a foreign language course. If a student has already taken Spanish courses and earned passing credit at this school or another, those credits will add on to any foreign language credits earned from an external institution. It is also important to remember that nearly all colleges require students to take at least two consecutive years (2 credits) of the same language.

If you'd like to explore what it takes to sign up for an external foreign language class besides Spanish, please click here to learn about the process.

Who is the best person to contact about my students academic progress?

It depends. Here are some guidelines:
  • If you'd like information about a specific course, content area, or project, it is generally best to reach out to your students course teacher.
  • If you'd like feedback about how your student is going in general or the habits/trends you are seeing across many different courses, is is generally best to contact their mentor.
  • If you'd like to update us on anything going on outside of school that could be helpful for your students teachers to know, it is generally best to contact their mentor or the principal.
However, every single adult in the building is here to support your child. If you reach out to one of us, we'll make sure to get you in contact with the right person.

Find all of our information on the "Contact Us" tab of this website.

Are there any current legal challenges to WA Charter Schools?

CHARTER SCHOOL

WEB NOTICE OF ONGOING LITIGATION

The Washington State Charter Schools Act requires charter schools to inform you of any ongoing litigation challenging the constitutionality of charters schools, or litigation that could require charter schools to cease operations.

  • As of August 3rd, 2017 litigation was filed challenging the constitutionality of charter schools.
  • Summit Public Schools is confident that the new public charter school law passes constitutional muster and confident in the successful future of public charter schools in Washington.


What has been going on legally with charter schools in Washington during the 2015-16?

In September 2015, the Washington State Supreme Court ruled that the state’s voter-approved charter school law was unconstitutional due to a glitch in the way the schools were funded. The charter schools continued to operate for the 2015-16 school year while students, families, and charter school supporters appealed to the state legislature to save their public schools. After months of grassroots efforts, families and advocates achieved an unprecedented win when the legislature approved a new charter a new charter school law that will keep public charter schools open and serving diverse Washington communities for the long-term. The new law took effect on April 2, 2016. The law’s passage allows Washington’s currently thriving public charter schools to remain open and creates a path forward for communities to open new schools and serve more of the state’s children.


We now have a strong, new, constitutionally sound charter school law that earned the approval of the state legislature, and which fixes the funding glitch previously identified by the Washington State Supreme Court. We are confident that the new public charter school law passes constitutional muster and confident in the successful future of public charter schools in Washington.

The new charter school law was designed specifically to address the Washington Supreme Court’s constitutionality concerns with the original voter-approved public charter school law. Specifically, the new charter school law addresses the Court’s decision by explicitly stating that charter schools are public schools but not common schools, and by funding public charter schools from a separate account that cannot receive state funds that are constitutionally limited to common schools.

Washington’s public charter schools are highly accountable to both the state and the voters – and most importantly, to the students and families that they serve. Public charter schools are overseen by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and the State Board of Education; are subject to the same state and federal laws regarding health, safety, civil rights, and nondiscrimination as every other public school; are subject to annual audits for legal and fiscal compliance; must seek reauthorization every five years; and are held accountable every day by parents’ choice. Charter school teachers must meet the same certification requirements as traditional public school teachers, including background checks, and charter school students must meet the same academic standards and participate in the same statewide assessment system as students in traditional public schools.

According to a recent survey, the new law restoring Washington’s public charter schools is supported by 71 percent of Washington voters polled. The survey was conducted after lawmakers approved the measure on a bipartisan vote.



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