- 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.
- The current projects your student is working on and whether your student is completing projects on time
- Your student's cognitive skill performance and whether he/she is on-track to meet his/her individual goals
- Your student's pace of passing content assessments and whether he/she is on-track to meet his/her individual goals
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?
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 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.
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.
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.