17 Aug

Community Celebrates the Opening of Summit Atlas

Nearly 200 families, students and community leaders from West Seattle, White Center and surrounding communities joined us in officially opening Summit Atlas.

“Our community has worked side by side with Summit over the past two years to help shape the culture of this new school from the ground up,” said long time West Seattle resident and Summit Public Schools board member Shirline Wilson. “We welcome families and students to their new school. A school that will help close opportunity gaps and give our kids an education that will prepare them for the rigors of college, and become contributing members of society.”

The founding class of 9th graders starts school on August 21 followed by 6th graders the following day. Over the next four years, the school will grow to serve grades 6 to 12. Summit Atlas is our second Seattle location for Summit Public Schools and third in the Puget Sound region. Summit Sierra High School in Seattle’s Chinatown-International District and Summit Olympus High School in Tacoma will serve grades 9 through 11 in the 2017-18 school year, eventually rolling up to a full 9 to 12 grade school. All Summit schools are tuition-free and open to all students.

“I’m so excited for my 6th grader and 9th grader to start their first day of school at Summit Atlas,” said West Seattle resident, Bahsan Ibrahim. “I have been looking for a school that would be the right fit for my family and believe I found it at Summit Atlas.”

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.

At the event, students and families from the community helped cut the ceremonial ribbon, then toured the school grounds and classrooms. They also heard from the principal of Summit Atlas about the school’s values and commitment to the community.

“At Atlas, we will always keep our doors open and have high expectations coupled with loads of love for every student every day,” said Katie Bubalo, Founding Principal and Executive Director at Summit Atlas. “We are excited to collaborate with our neighbors at other schools and community members and invite anyone and everyone to join our school family.”

Learn more about Summit Atlas at http://atlas.summitps.org/

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