Our Mission Prepares Students for Success
The Mission at a Summit Public School is to prepare a diverse student population for success in college and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society.
Our Values Focus Everything We Do
The Values of a Summit Public School stated as Core Characteristics are what faculty and parents strive to model, and that we use as guidelines to set standards of behavior that we expect from ourselves, parents, students and our community partners:
What We Offer
College Focused, Character Driven, Community Supported
The high-performance Summit Model is based on 10 non-negotiable principles and includes best practice, bi-annual Intersessions for both students and teachers. Designed and developed by Summit Public Schools, New San Jose Schools implement this model in preparing every student for success in four year colleges.
The Non-Negotiable Principles of a Summit Public School:
High-performing teachers in every classroom, every period, every day fulfill our mission of college success for every student.
Everyone is capable of graduating “college ready”
For eight years Summit has shown that all students, no matter their preparation level through 8th grade, can be prepared for college success in four years: 100% of Summit graduates have completed the coursework required for acceptance to 4 year colleges.
No "tracking" system
All students have every door open to them upon graduation from high school; that’s our commitment and we teach all students on the same college-level track.
Heterogeneous student demographics & population
The integrated school environment we provide mirrors our complex world, and deepens both academic and social learning.
Physically and emotionally safe
Learning happens only when our community members first feel physically and emotionally safe. We are accountable for all aspects of providing and maintaining a safe culture and environment.
Every student is known
Pushing students to their academic limits requires genuine, trusting relationship that thrive in transparent environments. We and our students know and respect each other.
Character education counts
Academic education plus character equals success, and we propel student success by vigorously developing both learning and character development.
Research-based, best practice institution
As a Stanford University partner school, we make all major educational decisions based on sound research and we devote considerable time to ensure that we consistently provide our students and families with best-in-class education practices.
Principle vs. Rules based
We work hard to create and maintain a high trust community. Through the lens of our Valued Core Characteristics of courage, compassion, curiosity, integrity, respect, and responsibility, we commit ourselves to having ‘Teachable Moment’ conversations with students to support them and ourselves to consistently live up to these values.
Do more with less
We believe that public education can be great even when public funds are limited and are committed to running an incredible school at or near, public school funding levels.