Summit Preparatory Charter High School

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Summit Preparatory Charter High School
The logo of Summit Preparatory Charter High School
890 Broadway Street
Redwood City, California, 94063
Coordinates 37°29′12″N 122°12′37″W / 37.4868°N 122.2102°W / 37.4868; -122.2102Coordinates: 37°29′12″N 122°12′37″W / 37.4868°N 122.2102°W / 37.4868; -122.2102
Type College Preparatory Public Charter
Motto To prepare a diverse student population for college and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society.
Established 2003
School district Sequoia Union High School District
Director Brian Johnson
Faculty 33
Grades 9–12
Enrollment 388 (2014-2015) [1]
Campus Suburban
Color(s) Blue, White         
Mascot Huskies

Summit Preparatory Charter High School, part of the Sequoia Union High School District, is a college preparatory and charter high school. Everest Public High School is a sister school to Summit, also in Redwood City.


Summit was listed as the #132 high school in the country in Newsweek's 2011 America's Best Public High Schools and among the top three in Northern California.[2] Newsweek counted Summit among the 10 Miracle High Schools for "taking students at all skill levels, from all strata, and turning out uniformly qualified graduates."[3]

Summit was named in the top 100 public high schools in the US and top 10 public high schools in California in the 2010 Newsweek ranking. It is one of five schools to which families are applying in the 2010 documentary Waiting for Superman.

Summit is the first school in San Mateo County to receive a 10 out of 10 ranking on the Academic Performance Index[citation needed]


Summit was founded in 2003 and is known for its excellent teachers and curriculum. For school year 2010-11 it has 425 students, and accepts about 100  per year. The class size is about 25 students to one teacher. Unlike many typical schools with an elective for one period a day, Summit groups it and has 2 full months of that elective. Called "expeditions", it takes place in January and in May to June, and is a defining characteristic of the Summit curriculum. As of recent, Summit's "Expeditions" program has been stretched out over the entire school year. It is now taken in one- to two-week periods, which are broken up by three weeks of regular classes in between. [4]

During the summer of 2007, Summit moved to a new campus previously occupied by High Tech High Bayshore.


Summit's main goal is to have everyone try their hardest and to prepare everyone for college. To help with this, Summit has implemented many innovative practices to further this goal. One thing is the small class size, with only 100 students and 25 per class, allowing the teachers to know all the students and know how to help them out. The next is mentor time. Every day for the last 10 minutes, students see their mentor. For all four years the students are at Summit, they get the same mentor and mentor group students. This allows students to be more open to their mentor and tell them what's going on with their lives to better help them succeed. The last two are MARS ("Mandatory Academic Revision Session") and MASH ("Mandatory After-school Study Hall"). Both of these are ways to help the student if they are not doing as well as they should. MASH is received if a student does not complete a homework assignment; that student then must spend 30 minutes after school to complete the homework assignment. This allows the student to catch up and to keep his/her grade up. MARS is received if the student receives a failing grade on an mastery assignment or in a subject. MARS helps the student catch up on his/her grade in order to pass the class. MARS takes place during intersession and the goal is to revise anything to receive full credit.

The Summit Preparatory staff also encourage six primary core traits: respect, responsibility, courage, compassion, integrity, and curiosity. These aspects are assessed in each student periodically throughout his or her high school career.

Coursework & Academics[edit]

Summit Preparatory runs all students through same or very similar curricula, with all students taking a standardized curriculum and some students taking extra/alternative courses.


All freshmen will take Geometry, some placement of Spanish (with 53% of 9th graders being in Spanish 1 or 2 and all Hispanic freshmen students being placed in the Native Speaker class ), Physics, freshman English, and World History Part 1. Some students will also take Algebra 1, but slightly over half of freshmen have completed Algebra before entering Summit and thus get a free homework period. This period is called Independent Learning. Few students have taken Geometry upon entering Summit, but if they do, they normally opt for an online mathematics course, such as Honors Geometry or AP Statistics. No AP coursework is offered freshman year, but diligent 9th graders can choose to take extra online courses on their own discretion.

Sophomores take Algebra 2, World History Part 2, some placement of Spanish, Biology, and sophomore English. Coursework generally builds from freshman to sophomore year, as Summit Prep is a college preparatory school.

Juniors at summit are automatically placed into AP English Language and Composition, AP US History, Pre-Calculus, Chemistry, and some placement of Spanish. Almost half of students are enrolled in either Spanish 4 or AP Spanish Language by their junior year. Again, students may take extra classes online to improve GPA or increase college credit, but this is completely unnecessary.

Seniors will take AP English Literature, AP US Government, AP Environmental Science, some placement of Spanish, and EITHER AP Statistics OR AP Calculus. About half of students are either enrolled in AP Spanish Language or AP Spanish Literature for their Spanish placement. Senior year is supposed to be rigorous, and students should suspect roughly 3 hours of homework each night.

AP credit[edit]

All juniors are required to take the AP exam for AP English Language and Composition at the end of junior year. Those who are in AP Spanish Language or AP Spanish Literature must take that exam as well.

All seniors must take 2 AP exams, and the exams they choose to take can regard 2 or more of any of the 4-6 AP classes they take that year. For example, one student may opt to take AP exams for AP Environmental Science and AP US Government, whereas another student enrolls in exams for AP English Literature, AP Spanish Language, and AP Calculus AB.

About 3% of freshmen and sophomores take extra AP coursework. They may take AP exams at their own discretion, without any interference from the faculty.




  • 388 students: 198 Male (51.0%), 190 Female (49.0%)[1]
Hispanic White Asian Two or More Races African American Filipino Pacific Islander American Indian Not Reported
232 96 24 13 7 7 5 0 4
59.8% 24.7% 6.2% 3.4% 1.8% 1.8% 1.3% 0% 1%

Standardized testing[edit]

SAT Scores for 2013–2014 [5]
Critical Reading Average Math Average Writing Average
Summit Prep 536 536 535
District 549 574 552
Statewide 495 511 493

2013 Academic Performance Index
2009 Base API[6] 2013 Growth API[7] Growth in the API from 2009 to 2013
826 845 19

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Enrollment by Ethnicity for 2014-15: Summit Preparatory Charter High School". California Department of Education. 
  2. ^ "America's Best High Schools 2011". Newsweek. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  3. ^ "Ten Miracle High Schools". Newsweek. Retrieved 2012-11-18. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "SAT Report 2013-14 - District Level Scores". California Department of Education. 
  6. ^ "2009 Base API School Report - Summit Prep". California Department of Education Assessment, Accountability and Awards Division. 
  7. ^ "2013 Growth API School Report - Summit Prep". California Department of Education Analysis, Measurement, & Accountability Reporting Division. 

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