Students Really Do Come First
In Summit model schools, each student matters, each student is unique. When we graduate our first class in 2013, they will be ready to go to college. Every student reaches her or his academic and personal goals because consistent, relevant, and personalized support is seamlessly integrated into every day’s structure and activities. The tailored attention that each student receives – not just from us, but from their family as well – helps them zero in on just the “right fit” when choosing their college.
We Pay Attention to All the Details
To ensure success in college, our programs develop the entire range of each student’s capabilities in intellectual, physical, emotional, and social ways. Upon graduation, each Everest student is equipped with the academic foundation, social knowledge, life skills and the strength of character required to achieve success in college and in their life pursuits.
At Everest, students must meet not only academic standards for entrance, they must arrive at college with good work habits and strong life and coping skills. In order to achieve this, we focus on developing and maintaining six basic Values or Core Characteristics, that support our students in building successful lives and careers.
In order for students to thrive in a college prep curriculum, they must first feel physically and emotionally safe and supported. Everest’s safe and caring environment is equally available to each student and we strive to build-in a variety of safety nets to ensure that each student is cared for in the most positive, supportive ways possible.
Everest is accountable for providing and maintaining safety and we devote considerable time, resources and attention to developing, modeling and leading a transparent, safe school environment.
Physical safety means that everyone is free from physical harm and structures and systems are in place to prevent danger.
Emotional safety means that we are intolerant of harassment, bullying, and personal attack.
Extra safety is provided when a student needs extra support in her or his personal life, whether advice, a job, or even sometimes, a safe place to live. When needed, the Everest staff and community partners jump in, “circle the wagons” and help our students work through their challenges.
It is harder to fail at Everest than to succeed. After physical and emotional safety is fulfilled, we also provide academic safety nets to ensure our students’ success. Everest provides students after school office hours, assigns homework that all students are required to complete, and extends semesters to ensure that students achieve course mastery. By paying comprehensive attention to these many details of each student’s education, Everest is able to prepare all its students for college.