Summit’s history is one of innovation. Founded in 1933 when many other schools were eliminating programs and with deep roots in the Progressive principles of John Dewey, Summit came into being as a school featuring multi-disciplinary, comprehensive programs that focus on educating the whole child—a commitment that continues into the present and that positions children to succeed within and beyond the four walls of the classroom.
Each day for eighty years, Summit has earned a reputation for living our mission. Summit is well-known for providing a challenging curriculum within a caring environment to help all students develop their full potential. The same combination of courage (from cor, meaning heart) and vision (from videre, meaning to see) that led founder Louise Futrell in 1933 to develop a program committed to the richness and complexity of the whole child leads us as educators in 2013 to embrace Summit’s Core Competencies.
The culmination of the Summit educational experience is the embodiment in our students of Summit’s Core Competencies. These skills, dispositions and abilities are both timeless and timely, enabling our students to thrive in a future we can’t predict. Summit students are:
Prepared. . . Having acquired a strong academic, athletic, artistic, and technological foundation
Honorable. . . Operating from an ethical compass, guided by character, confidence and competence
Curious. . . Exhibiting intellectual curiosity, including critical and creative thinking with a commitment to lifelong learning
Accepting. . . Demonstrating global awareness, embracing diversity and working collaboratively within and beyond the school community
Socially Responsible. . . Committing to civic responsibility, service and stewardship—both locally and globally
This is meaningful learning that lasts a lifetime—learning that reflects Summit’s heritage and represents our future.