Case Study: Student Proficiency Rises Dramatically At Camp Ernst

Camp Ernst Middle School, a suburban school in Boone County, Kentucky, already boasts a reputation of strong teachers and dedicated students. But faculty yearned for more. They wanted students to be active participants in their learning and learn how to set and work toward short- and long-term goals.

To achieve this, Camp Ernst introduced the Summit Learning Program as an option for all 6th-8th grade students. In the 2016-17 school year, about 70 percent of students participated in the personalized learning approach.

In just the first year with Summit Learning, overall student proficiency jumped by nearly 5 percent on K-PREP, Kentucky’s annual state test. Even more impressive, among students who historically struggled — students with IEPs and those who qualify for free and reduced lunch — proficiency grew by 24 percentage points.

The embedded case study below highlights student growth at Camp Ernst Middle School since implementing the Summit Learning Program.

Principal Stephanie Hagerty noticed the impact of Summit Learning on students immediately.

“Very early on, I noticed that students were excited to tell me about their educations, how they were doing in school, how they did on their content assessments,” says Hagerty. “It’s my seventh year in school administration, and I had never seen that before.”

Camp Ernst teachers like Kevin Fleischmann also commented on a transformation in their classrooms.

“[Students have] become the drivers of their education, instead of the passengers,” says Fleischmann, a 20-year teaching veteran. “[They are] building those skills that they are going to carry with them throughout their life.”

This post is the third in a series of case studies highlighting Summit Learning success stories across the country.

About the author

Katie is a storyteller at Summit Public Schools, shining a spotlight on inspirational stories from the Summit Learning community. She started her career in journalism, covering K-12 education in the Bronx. Katie won a feature writing award from the Education Writers Association for her higher ed coverage in Utah. Before arriving at Summit, she earned a master’s degree in educational technology from Teachers College, Columbia University and a New York State teaching certification.