What parents are saying about summit
Summit academy: moving Mountains
January 16, 2018
Our Journey Since Summit
"We came to realize in February 2017 that public school was no longer the best option for Kyle and his specific needs; at least for now. After meetings, doctor appointments, evaluations, and late night talks, we arrived at Summit Academy for a visit.
So many things felt right— small class sizes so teachers are able to connect with students. A therapy dog for when you need a calm presence. Overhead lighting that’s been dimmed slightly, nothing harsh or overly bright. Martial Arts for health and regulation of mind and body. The playground has large swings, something our son still spends time on daily. Life lessons are woven into math and English and history. Friends learn to work things out with the help of a counselor right in the classroom if needed.
Kyle is superman strong, highly energetic, quick witted, imaginative and spunky; which all sounds so wonderful you might think, why Summit? Let’s factor in socially shy, naïve, easily swayed, completely disinhibited, very quick to act and react, and often misinterprets what peers are asking or suggesting. Autism is tricky. Summit simplifies it.
The tools that we see Kyle already reaching for have been put in his toolbox through the hard work of the team at Summit Academy. The strides he has made in these short months are just a joy to watch. His confidence has grown, he has started to converse more and hold his own in conversation. I have seen him reach for calming strategies both in conversation with Fred or I and with his siblings. He is beginning to have opinions of things. The stress he would bring home nightly of misunderstood homework or homework directions is gone for now. He is a happier child, moving toward becoming a young man and we attribute this improvement to Summit and their team. Through Summit’s care, we are all seeing the person who Kyle is, and watching him grow into himself; now that he’s in a school that focuses on having a regulated body and mind so that the learning can begin. We just can’t wait for what his future will bring, and we are so very grateful to you all."
-Loren and Fred Andrews, Summit Parents
"My son attended four previous schools which provided excellent services but were never quite the right fit as he continued to fail to make progress academically and struggle with peer interactions. The small group and low student to teacher ratio at Summit Academy were an important factor in choosing this placement for my son. Since attending, his confidence with academic and social challenges has improved tremendously thanks to his caring staff that provides dynamic individualized instruction, including daily reports of specific areas of struggle or success, as well as immediate, professional handling of any issues that have arisen. He is very happy and is enthusiastic about continuing his education at Summit Academy!"
-Kendra J., Summit Parent
"Summit Academy has become part of our family. The staff at Summit is incredible. I appreciate the communication we have with each other and the way we are able to work together to improve my daughter's academic and social challenges. It is great to have a school where they do not give up on a student and work together as a team to help them strive. My daughter has improved so much in the past few years at Summit. [She] likes to read, enjoys her social groups and has friends and teachers that she cares about. Everything about the school is meaningful to her."
-Christine F., Summit Parent
"We could never repay you for the support and tools as well as self esteem you and the staff gave DJ. A few months ago out of the blue DJ says, "Mom, Summit really helped me." It was so good to hear. We know we made the right choice to send him. Just so glad he realized it too. He is a freshman at a Technical High School this year and although challenging for him he is making it through. So proud of him. He got his first choice at Tech...Informational Technology. Scored a 98 in exploratory. He has been on honor roll both semesters and most importantly he is growing as a person and making new friends."
-Laurie Blomquist, Mom of a former Summit Student who successfully transitioned back to public school!
"Our son came to Summit Academy at the lowest point in his young life. Some angel guided him to this wonderful school and loving caring staff. He has progressed in every area of his emotional and academic life since he entered the school. The staff guided him with patience and strength away from anger outbursts to a boy who can stand in his feelings and handle each one of them with respect for himself and others. Each teacher and staff at Summit has walked our son away from a future of rage, low self esteem and disrespect to a young adult who loves to help and understand his fellow students. He is now an asset to our world... the improvement in his ability to handle his own physical and mental challenges is a miracle.
Summit Academy staff and program took a scared angry little boy and turned him towards a bright future and he took their guidance and he shines bright!"
-Jeff and Marty F., Summit Parents