Summit's Anti-Bullying Initiatives
Time and again Summit’s efforts to combat bullying have proven that teachers and parents working together in concert can reduce exposure to bullying across all ages. In order to keep students safe and on a path to success, Summit Academy addresses the underlying issues that cause bullying, like low self-esteem and lack of empowerment. For the victim and the aggressor alike bullying can lead to troubling realities such as depression, anxiety, poor attendance, failing grades, substance abuse and delinquency. Research shows that 1 in 4 youth, primarily middle and high school students, have experienced bullying. Summit’s anti-bullying initiatives raise the standard of student behavior by emphasizing character development, decision-making skills, and relationship building. This philosophy of prevention remains consistent from kindergarten through graduation, yet the delivery is age-appropriate, catering to the different challenges facing elementary, middle and high school students.
For Summit’s elementary students, bully prevention is captured in a simple acronym, R.E.S.P.E.C.T: Responsible, Engaged, Successful, Peaceful, Enthusiastic, Committed to quality, and Team player. Relying on the fundamental values of R.E.S.P.E.C.T., behavior management is approached lovingly, logically and consistently. Teachers refer to this model to commend a child’s good behavior and to redirect inappropriate behavior. Summit staff helps students learn from their mistakes, teaching empathy and problem-solving skills. In and out of the classroom, R.E.S.P.E.C.T is the foundation for healthy role models and strong leaders.
The transition into middle school – and adolescence – can be intimidating, but at Summit Academy students don’t have to go it alone. 6th and 7th graders are teamed up with select 8th grade mentors who help with the academic and social adjustment process. Part of WEB, "Where Everybody Belongs,” peer mentoring encourages 8th graders to look out for their fellow Dragons and help stop bullying. Through WEB, new friendships form and students get excited about joining co-curricular activities. Summit also has the Own It campaign, which celebrates students’ differences. Whether you like wearing your hair a certain way or are obsessed with Harry Potter, Summit Academy encourages you to "Own It!”
To continue supporting student growth and a positive school culture, Summit Academy North High School uses the Virtues Project – a global initiative designed to replace hostility with kindness. Referencing the 52 virtues – such as patience, respect, self-discipline and joy – teachers show students how to build on their strengths and overcome obstacles. The Virtues Project, which emphasizes healthy boundaries, gives students tools to deal with everyday pressures and prepares them for the social challenges of college and professional life.
Through the years, Summit’s initiatives teach students to be confident, and in doing so, work to prevent bullying caused by fears or insecurities. Bullying disrupts a person’s ability to focus in the classroom and robs them of the joys of socializing. Which is why Summit staff and students undergo annual training on how to prevent, identify, respond to, and report incidents of bullying, cyber bullying or aggressive behavior. It’s all a part of maintaining the idea of an intimate education. Creating a school where every student’s life is cherished and respected.