Welcome Secondary Families
We are happy to have you as part of our secondary community. Summit's vision and mission are all about developing students who will impact the world around them. Everything we do, we do with that singular objective in mind. We want our students to impact the world intellectually.
Summit is Committed to:
- Offering rigorous academics at every level including an emphasis on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) curriculum.
- Challenging our students' thinking so that each one may mature in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom, teaching students to comprehend that all truth begins and ends with God's truth.
- Integrating our entire curriculum with biblical truth so that our students may learn to see the connections between the Bible, math, and history, so they may distinguish truth from error.
- Exposing our students to the great thinkers and writers of western culture in addition to the Christian theologians so that they may be able to "destroy speculations and every lofty thing raised up against the knowledge of God." (II Corinthians 10:5).
Summit teaches the whole student, producing well-rounded adults. We reflect this in the subjects we offer, such as math, science, social studies, and Bible to address spiritual and intellectual matters; physical education (PE), a well-developed athletic program, and fine arts to allow students to grow and mature in their Christian walks.
We look forward to helping you at every level. Secondary school is an exciting time as students begin to prepare for their journey towards college.
The entire staff at Summit is prepared and ready to help students and families to have an excellent intermediate and high school experience.
Preparing for Eighth Grade
Students have an opportunity to select algebra as a high school credit class.
It is important to realize that high school courses taken in the eighth grade count on the high school GPA. In addition, high school credit is awarded per semester; each semester is independent. If students do not have a passing score at the end of the first semester, the entire semester is lost, regardless of how well the student scores the second semester.
At the end of the eighth grade, students work with the principal or counselor to select their freshman courses and develop a four-year plan for high school.
Parents may want to begin to investigate colleges at the end of eighth grade.
Preparing for Ninth and Tenth Grades
Each spring, students meet with the principal or counselor to revisit the four-year plan to be sure that students are on track for college success.
Students who would like to take tests to prepare them for the ACT can do so. Inquire with the Summit office staff on test dates and timing.
Students should get informed about college costs and financial aid options. Use the online College Savings Calculator.
Students should read as much as possible throughout these years because it has been shown that being well-read tends to raise SAT scores. You may obtain ideas from the College Board's 101 Great Books website. Summer reading is also important to help raise SAT scores.
Students should start a file for information about school activities, honors, awards, leadership positions, community service projects, etc.
Students should begin to gather information about colleges through visiting websites, attending college fairs, and visiting specific colleges.
Preparing for Eleventh Grade
- It is very important for students to register with the school to take the PSAT this year even if they took it in the tenth grade because this is the year that the scores are used to determine National Merit Scholars. In addition, this year is the last practice test before taking the SAT. When the scores and booklets are returned, students should use this information to determine where extra work and skill improvement is needed.
- Learn about colleges at www.collegeboard.com and www.campustours.com.
- Browse catalogs and guides and, if able, visit college fairs.
- If there is a particular college that interests you, call the admissions office and ask to be put on their mailing list.
- Pay particular attention to the college entrance requirements. Discuss these requirements with parents and the high school principal or counselor to make sure your high school experience will meet all the college's demands.
- Students should plan a testing schedule for taking the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and/or the ACT.
- Students will take both the SAT and the ACT.
- Study for the SAT using the information from the PSAT.
- Students should register for the SAT and ACT in late winter or early spring. Information can be found at www.collegeboard.com.
- Visit some colleges in the spring while classes are in session.
- Think ahead about possible AP or dual credit classes for your senior year.
- Visit college campuses and try to meet with admissions officers.
- Establish a permanent e-mail address to use when communicating with colleges.
- Update your "Activities and Awards" file and create a resume of your high school accomplishments including activities, awards, work experience, and community service.
- Mark your calendar with key dates and deadlines for senior year. Use the online college application calendar and the financial aid calendar from the www.collegeboard.com.
- Look for scholarships. Most scholarship applications are completed during the first half of a student's senior year.
Preparing for Twelfth Grade
- Update your calendar for the year with dates that include test dates, application deadlines, college visitation days, etc.
- Register online for the SAT, SAT Subject Tests, and/or the ACT.
- Ask for recommendation letters from teachers, counselors, and coaches.
- Finalize your list of colleges and visit as many as possible.
- Work on application essays.
- Assemble all the application materials you need. Use My College List from the College Board website to manage your final list of colleges and universities online.
- Continue to research scholarships and grants.
- Complete and send in college applications (keep copies). You can also use the College Board's "Apply to College" to apply online.
- Complete the FAFSA forms. These forms must be completed if you plan to apply for financial aid or scholarships. Submit the forms as early as possible after January 1 at: www.fafsa.ed.gov.
- Complete and send in all scholarship applications.
- Admissions decisions arrive—note all reply deadlines. Do not make a final decision before making a college visit.
- Send your enrollment form and deposit to the college or university you will attend. Notify the other colleges of your decision.
- Students who want to go to college should work hard at making good grades each year. A student's GPA is very important when applying to college.
- The College Board offers a wide array of college planning publications, including The College Handbook and The Scholarship Handbook. College Scoop magazine is designed for middle-school students. You can visit the website or call 800.323.7155.
- "My Road" provides comprehensive education and career-planning resources. This resource is available to every student who takes the PSAT, but he/she must sign up before the end of the school year.
- You will find many of the resources mentioned by grade level at: www.collegeboard.com. This is where students can search for colleges and scholarships, explore career opportunities, register for the SAT, practice SAT and AP exam questions, apply to college, and learn what they need to know and do to get "on the road to college."
- Study tips and practice questions for the ACT exam can be found athttp://www.actexampracticetests.com.
- Resources: An Instruction Booklet for College Bound Students: Woodburn Press.