Summit Public Schools announced today that for the first time since its inception, at least 99 percent of its high school seniors across all four of Summit’s high schools that are graduating classes this year have been accepted to at least one four-year college.
100 percent of seniors at both of Summit’s San Jose high schools, Summit Rainier and Summit Tahoma, as well as Summit Everest in Redwood City have received acceptances to at least one four-year college. Summit Prep, also of Redwood City, now has 96 percent of its seniors accepted to a four-year college. The San Jose schools were the first to embrace Summit’s innovative personalized learning model that has now been adopted Summitwide. Through this model, students engage in deeper learning projects and are empowered to become self-directed learners, helping them to develop the habits and skills that lead to academic and personal success, including college acceptance.
Summit will celebrate these accomplishments this Friday morning in San Jose at Summit Rainier, and in Redwood City at Summit Everest as well as Summit Prep. Summit students will share their college acceptance as part of the White House’s National College Signing Day on May 1st. Part of the White House and First Lady’s Reach Higher Initiative, this day celebrates students getting accepted into college with live events at high schools across the country.
“Earning a four-year college acceptance is an incredibly important achievement that shows just how hard our students have worked to get here,” said Summit founder and CEO Diane Tavenner. “We are so proud of all of our students who have demonstrated that they are college and career ready.”
Many Summit students overcame strong obstacles to reach this point. Nearly half (over 45 percent) of Summit’s graduating seniors will be the first in their family to attend college, another Summit milestone. The majority of Summit students who were accepted into a four-year college also began ninth grade at a Summit school.
Sofia Canela Torres, who will graduate from Summit Tahoma, is bound for Mills College this fall as the first in her family to attend college. Sofia started at Summit Tahoma in ninth grade, quickly becoming involved in the Science Club, Student Council and now as the Senior Class President.
“Even though I will be the first in my family to go to college, I am confident that I will succeed because of all that I learned at Summit, and through everything my teachers at Summit did to prepare me for this next step,” said Torres. “Everyone in my family is so proud of me and we are all so excited for me to start college.”
This announcement comes just one week after two Summit schools were recognized by the Washington Post in their 2015 America’s Most Challenging High Schools ranking. Of all California high schools, Summit Prep came in 30th and Summit Everest came in 53rd overall.