All Kinds of News for March 09, 2016
During a recent Summit (MT) graduation, a dad of one of the graduates gave a speech and he share some thoughts on Summit. He talked about the clinical work that is done at Summit and how pleased he was with his son’s progress. He then went on to say that the academics are exceptional and that we do not highlight them as much as we could. He said that he was impressed with the rigor, the excellent instruction, and the diversity of course options. His comments were the prompt for this piece.
From the inception Summit Prep’s Board of Directors insisted that we provide academic opportunities that meet the highest educational standards. To insure this, Summit is accredited by the State of Montana’s Board of Public Education/Office of Public Instruction. Summit is the only therapeutic school in Montana to hold this accreditation.
As a College Prep Program, Summit’s academics offer our students a challenging platform to prepare them for their transition to college. Our course curriculum provides class offerings at many levels and in several academic areas. Our classrooms look and feel like classrooms and the small class size allows student to engage and succeed in their studies.
To assist our students in meeting their highest potential, we strive to be flexible and accommodating. Students with challenges such as Low Processing Speed or Executive Function Deficits are able to gain skills and obtain support from our Learning Resource Specialist. We offer honor’s classes in the different subjects and several of our students attend Flathead Community College during their stay at Summit. This college option affords students more independence as they are on campus, but then they are able to process this experience with their therapist to ensure their success.
On a regular basis we are adding new and exciting class options. In the Science Department we added a Renewable Resource class that was very well received, and during this block some students are enrolled in a new course titled Animal Science. This summer, students will be able to register for Advanced Field Biology Research in River Ecology. When students are looking to take a class that we do not offer, we seek out online options; an example of this is the two students who are taking Chinese as an independent option.
Last but not least, Summit’s Academic Team is outstanding. They are each licensed in the subjects that they teach. Their interests and passions are diverse. Each teacher is a member of a treatment team and is very involved in all of the students’ progress both academically and therapeutically. Teachers often go on Challenge trips and spend time with the students outside of the classroom. It is this group of people who really are the key to making our academic programming so exceptional.