Questions and Answers about Summit Elementary
Q. I’ve heard that Summit Elementary will be an open school of learning with no walls separating the classrooms.
A. Summit Elementary does have walls. Educational spaces within the school have been designed for maximum flexibility. Spaces include private meeting rooms, self-contained classrooms and classrooms with moveable walls.
Q. What will classroom teaching configurations look like at Summit?
A. Students will be part of a grade-level homeroom and throughout the day they may—based upon their individual needs—have the opportunity to work with students of differing ages. For example, a first grader who is reading at an advanced level will be placed in a reading group with children who are at that reading level. In grades K-3, teachers will team-teach and in grades 4-5 teachers will departmentalize to serve the educational needs of children.
Q. Will Summit Elementary be a neighborhood school?
A. Under our current open enrollment policy, students from throughout the district may enroll in this school.
Q. How will enrollment be handled at Summit Elementary School and will siblings have preference?
A. Enrollment discussions are currently under way and more information will be provided as it becomes available. It is the staff’s interest to build a strong school culture and conversations are in place around how best to do that. The District avenue for online enrollment in January be certainly be utilized.
Q. Will a family contract be a requirement to attend Summit?
A. Family engagement in their child’s learning will be emphasized. Whether or not contracts will be signed will be determined at a later date.
Q. Will the basics be emphasized at Summit?
A. The educational program for this new school includes a rigorous academic curriculum that goes beyond the basics to include critical thinking, hands on projects, integration of arts and technology, problem solving and addresses the skills students will need to be successful in the 21st century.
Q. How will the staff be selected at this school?
A. Staff will be selected based on their alignment to our school philosophy and culture, their professional reputation, their ability to deliver stellar instruction and their willingness to collaborate with others.
Q. Will Summit have an active parent organization?
A. Yes. Parent and community partnerships are an essential component of our guiding principals.
Q. Will kids be bused to this school?
A. Yes. NCSD is a district of choice and children are bussed to their preferred school.
Q. What grade will each teacher be teaching?
A. Teachers will be assigned students based upon enrollment numbers and their levels of interest and expertise.
Q. Will the school be open early and stay open late? Will there be before and after school activities at this school?
A. The Summit Leadership Team and District staff are working to establish community partnerships to accommodate student and family needs.
Q. Are science and social studies a focus at this school?
A. Yes. In fact both science and social studies are theme areas across all grade levels. In addition, all areas of the curriculum, including the arts will be emphasized and taught in relevant, meaningful ways.
Q. How individualized will my child’s learning be?
A. Children’s needs will be assessed and teachers will work individually, and in teams, to meet the specific needs of each child. One of Summit's guiding principles is to nurture and harness each child's natural learning curiosity and creativity.
Q. How will my child be challenged?
A. Through flex grouping during skilled instruction time, along with culminating grade level Rich Performance Tasks, (projects, performances and presentations) that integrate science, social studies, and the fine and performing arts.
Q. How will art, music and physical education be taught at Summit?
A. There are dedicated classrooms for art, music and physical education. The children at Summit will receive the same amount of art, music, and physical education as every other elementary child in the district.