03 Feb

Community and Summit Public Schools Break Ground on New Charter Public School in Seattle

West Seattle, White Center and surrounding communities joined Summit Public Schools in a groundbreaking ceremony for their new charter public school, Summit Atlas.

Summit Atlas is located on the southwest corner of 35th and Roxbury in Seattle and will open in August for the 2017-2018 school year to its first class of 6th graders and 9th graders. The school will grow each year to eventually serve 6th – 12th grades.

“Summit Atlas is an opportunity for our community to come together to help students achieve their dreams and close opportunity gaps,” said longtime West Seattle resident and Summit Public Schools Washington board member Shirline Wilson. “This school brings high quality, personalized education programs that will put students on the pathway to success in college, career and life.”

Summit Public Schools has successfully opened two other state approved, public high schools in Washington state, Summit Sierra in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District and Summit Olympus in Tacoma. The Sierra and Olympus campuses currently serve grades 9 and 10 and will grow to serve grades 9-12 by the 2018-19 school year.

“I’m so excited for the students in this community who will have the opportunity to experience a school like Summit,” said Jayla Foster a 9th grader at Summit Sierra. “From learning skills like public speaking, visiting a college campus and teachers that help you reach your potential, Summit helps me achieve my goals in the classroom and encourages me to get involved in my community.”

Summit Public Schools prepares a diverse population of students for success in a four-year college or university by ensuring high quality teaching meets each student’s individual needs, including collaborative project time, personalized learning time, elective expeditions to explore their passions and one-on-one mentor time. Summit Atlas is now enrolling for the 2017-2018 school year. Families and students can find more information including how to enroll at the new school at www.summitps.org/schools/washington

“After more than a  year of conversations with the community we heard there is a need for a Summit option in this community,” said Katie Bubalo, founding principal at Summit Atlas. “Every student that walks through the doors of Summit Atlas next fall will receive an education from teachers who care deeply about every child and will prepare them for success in a four-year college or university. Summit has the flexibility needed to provide a high-quality education to a diverse student population.”

Also at the event the community saw architectural renderings of Summit Atlas and met Jill Riemer, Summit’s new director of partnerships. Jill will help lead Summit’s schools in Washington state with Abigail Cedano, Senior Director of Schools who supports school leaders across the organization.

“It’s an honor to join this dedicated team of educators and leaders who are working diligently to help our students succeed,” said Riemer. “I believe that the power and potential of our schools will fuel our partnerships and help more students in Washington state be prepared to succeed in college and life.”


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