What is Summit Learning?
A program being used by the ACE, AIM APEX & Avengers teams at Rhodes

Summit Learning's Vision: Summit Learning is a personalized approach to teaching and learning inspired by the vision to equip every student to lead a fulfilled life of wellbeing that is filled with purpose, financial independence, community, strong relationships and health.

The 3 components of the student experience

One-on-one mentoring
Students meet one-on-one with their mentor- a teacher, or school staff member, at least once a week. Mentors get to know their students deeply and strive to support them as they develop their sense of purpose. Mentors also help students set both long-term and short-term goals and coach them through their progress.

Students spend the majority of their time working on projects that allow them to apply knowledge, skills, and habits to real-world scenarios. Science, English and History courses are divided into a series of projects taught by teachers who facilitate discussions in the classroom, coach students in applying their cognitive skills, and give students feedback.

Self Direction
Students are guided through a learning cycle that fosters self-direction. They learn to set goals, select strategies, implement their plans, and reflect on the outcome to see if their plan worked. This cycle of learning can be applied to any task and is developed across all aspects of Summit Learning. Teachers and mentors work with students to provide individualized support. 

Summit Learning


Based on Learning Science

Summit Learning was developed by Summit Public Schools over the course of 15 years, in partnership with nationally acclaimed learning scientists, researchers, and academics. 

Every single element of Summit Learning is grounded in what science tells us about how students learn best - from our student outcomes, to the design choices made in order to achieve those outcomes.

Examples of collaborations with nationally acclaimed learning scientists, researchers, and academics from institutions include the Harvard Center for Education Policy Research, the Buck Institute of Education, and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, among others. 

Students demonstrate proficiency in these three outcomes


Cognitive Skills – Essential and transferable lifelong skills

Content Knowledge – Understanding and application of complex, challenging facts and concepts

Habits of Success – Mindsets and behaviors that support academic achievement and well-being