A look ahead at 2015
Though the year is still young, we look ahead at 2015 and wish we had a time machine. The calendar is filled with exciting events and planning.
Students and teachers alike are always taking the reins themselves and spearheading new ideas and programs aimed at improving the academic and social experience at Summit.
Here are five things to look forward to at Summit in 2015 –
1. Online learning for high school students
Starting in the fall of 2015 (pending approval from Central Michigan University), Summit Academy North High School will be able to offer up to 60 students online courses in math, the social sciences and other primary areas of study. Authorized through Central Michigan University, the online courses will be a hybrid of personalized online learning and a well-rounded school life, as students taking online courses are encouraged to participate in Summit’s eclectic array of athletic, academic, and artistic clubs and organizations.
Summit’s online course curriculum is a great opportunity for parents who homeschool their children. Call Summit today to learn more: (734) 955-1730
2. STEM AND STEAM-powered education
All Summit teachers are certified in STEM, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The STEM philosophy integrates these subjects into a hands-on curriculum that more closely aligns with what students will experience in college and the workforce — creating a pathway to college and a great job.
This year, we add an "A” for arts education to create STEAM, a key driver for creativity. Arts education teaches students to think spaciously and creatively; two essential skills they’ll need in the new innovation economy.
3. New math program
Implemented this year, Summit’s new math program uses relevant technologies students are familiar with, such as iPads, to teach students how math is applied to real-world problem solving.
Going deeper at every grade level, the program also allows for parents to easily track their children’s progress.
4. New language arts program
Coming in 2016, Summit will be launching its new language arts program. Mixing great works of literature with textbooks, digital audio books and important essay and news reading, the program emphasizes not only reading for reading’s sake, but also how to read critically and create good lifelong reading habits.
5. Co-curricular focus
Co-curricular refers to activities, programs, and learning experiences that complement what students are learning in school already — i.e., experiences that are connected to or mirror the academic curriculum.
At Summit we’re proud to say that almost all of our students have found co-curricular success in academic clubs and organizations, as well as in athletics and the fine and performing arts; bolstering their college applications as a byproduct.
This year we’re doubling our efforts to help every student explore their interests and talents, so they not only find their passions, but forge lifelong friendships along the way.