The Science of Summit: A Guide to the Research Behind Our Model

Since founding Summit Public Schools in 2003, we have held ourselves accountable to a vision that every student should be equipped to lead a fulfilled life. We’ve worked in partnership with nationally-acclaimed learning scientists, researchers, and academics to develop a model that supports this vision.

This summer, we published The Science of Summit, a groundbreaking white paper 15 years in the making that outlines our model and the research behind it, including an in-depth look at student outcomes. Today, we’re excited to share a new publication, A Guide to The Science of Summit, an introduction to the full white paper. Both reflect our effort to share what we believe about young people, the promise of public education, and principles for school design rooted in the science of learning.

This publication is especially geared for educators, parents, and community members interested in learning about our three student outcomes: Cognitive Skills, Content Knowledge, and Habits of Success. The guide outlines each outcome, provides a visual for how each outcome is practiced in the classroom, and includes a timeline of research that has influenced each outcome. We encourage you to share this guide with your community at back-to-school night and events throughout the year!

Learn more about Summit Public Schools’ model and the research behind it by downloading The Science of Summit in full.

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Summit Learning
Summit Learning is a research–based approach to education designed to drive student engagement, meaningful learning, and strong student–teacher relationships that prepare students for life after graduation. Created by teachers with experience in diverse classrooms, Summit Learning is grounded in decades of research about how children learn. With Summit Learning, students gain mastery of core subjects like math, history, English, and science, while also carefully developing the skills and habits of lifelong learners. Summit Learning is independently led and operated by the nonprofit, Gradient Learning.