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The academic program at Summit School of the Poconos is comprised of several focal points: daily instruction & sensorial materials; project-
Daily Instructional Lessons:
Daily instructional lessons are provided in the areas of math and language arts at every grade level to ensure students develop a comprehensive foundation from which to explore. Small class sizes and age-
Early childhood students work with manipulative (sensorial) educational materials. All children are born with the gift of curiosity and a desire to learn. Being thoughtful about what children touch, hear, see, and smell during a learning experience can turn an ordinary lesson into a lasting memory.
At lower grade levels, projects are primarily teacher-
As students mature and move into higher grade levels, they are encouraged to choose the projects or aspects of projects they’d like to focus on, allowing them to explore areas of interest in a significant way and helping them develop a deep sense of individual-
All projects will align with the Pennsylvania State Department of Education academic standards.
STEAM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Emphasizing these subjects within a comprehensive curriculum was originally driven by the business community. The goal? To prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s competitive workforce. In the world beyond school, content knowledge is layered and interwoven, not practiced in isolation. The abilities to collaborate, express creativity, demonstrate innovation, and effectively communicate are skill sets necessary to compete in tomorrow’s job market. Educating students for success is vital toward our collective future. STEAM is not a program, but a philosophy that integrates seamlessly into project-
It is impossible to encourage creativity and innovation without a focus on the arts. Art will be incorporated into our curriculum through different activities and classes.
Health, Wellness & Movement:
There is a correlation between learning and movement—the mind-
Exercise really does grow the brain! Recess, play, access to plenty of fresh air (even if it’s cold, why not bundle up?), and classes and electives with physical fitness and activities at their core are essential components to educating our youth.
Students participate in daily morning moment or meditation in addition to club choices.
Civics is close to the heart at Summit School of the Poconos. We regard ourselves as a school community, responsible for our actions, responsible to each other, the community outside of our school, and a duty to be good stewards of the earth.
Around the world, democracy is being threatened, yet it is at the core of America’s promise of opportunity in exchange for hard work. Our students are expected to work hard. They are expected to be kind and respectful of their teachers, themselves, and one another. In exchange, they are rewarded with many freedoms often absent from a traditional school setting.
Understanding the importance of self-
Students help make the rules that govern our school. This allows them to actively participate in the management of their educational community, provide ownership of rules, and an understanding as to why they exist.
At Summit School of the Poconos, we spent a lot of time discussing empathy and restorative justice. In our pilot year, students spent a lot of time discussing the traits our student body should model by example. From these discussions, our HEROES (Honest, Empathetic, Responsible, Open-
Perhaps more than ever, our country is in need of young leaders. By incorporating a democracy-
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