ROOTED IN FAITH
EQUIPPED TO SERVE
PREPARED TO LEAD
The Summit exists to partner with parents by assisting with their vocational calling to form their sons and daughters in Christian virtue so that they become mature, responsible young adults who are equipped to engage the world.
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Why The Summit Academy?
The mission of The Summit Academy is to provide a classical education that is rooted in a Christological Anthropology. In doing so we will work alongside families reinforcing them in their work to form their sons and daughters in Christian virtue so that they become mature, responsible young adults who are equipped to engage the world.
Our objective is to establish a strong, healthy and sustainable secondary education that is Catholic, classical in nature, and single sex. We will start from a solid core so as to establish deep roots while simultaneously employing a scalable model in order to enable sustainable growth.
Philosophy of Education
What is education for and what would a good education look like? This is not a new question, nor is it necessarily a simple question. However, that does not mean that it is a question without an attainable answer.
Classical learning affords the greatest ability to develop an integrated curriculum that values all of the academic disciplines in a complementary manner in order to ensure a well rounded education.
Students at The Summit enjoy a cohesive, content-rich education. A broad exposure to many different disciplines helps students avoid the pitfalls of specializing too early, which can lead to limited interests and narrow thinking.
Outdoor adventure programs are a powerful tool for learning real-world problem solving skills. At The Summit Academy we seek to foster an awareness of the richness of the region in which they live.
“In sophomore literature, I enjoyed the selection of texts that we delved into throughout the year, such as Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Dickens’ Tale of Two Cities and two works by Jane Austen, Emma and Pride and Prejudice. In learning about these texts in class, we arrived at the truth through discussion. I have found that discussion-based learning has taught me how to defend and articulate my opinion and to arrive at a conclusion that makes sense.”
“During my time as a student at The Summit, I have found that classical education and classical music are alike. They both encourage diversified taste and well-rounded instruction. Studying classical piano taught me that there’s so much more to enjoy in music. This is much like classical education at The Summit. All of my classes build on each other and open up the door to pursue a deeper understanding of diverse subjects.”
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Why study Classical Languages?
- Latin studies can be key to success on the SAT- especially the verbal portion of the exam. In addition, students who study classical languages also perform at a higher level in their collegiate studies (see results from the college board https://www.bolchazy.com/Assets/Bolchazy/extras/LatinAdvantageandSATscores.pdf )
- The study of Latin and Greek are the most effective way to teach language itself, critical thinking and reinforce an integrated approach to learning.
- Classical languages give students a passport to understanding a broad range of diverse thinkers including Virgil, Galileo and Newton as well as the early Church Fathers, St. Thomas Aquinas – as Pope Blessed John XXIII wrote in Veterum Sapintiae, “[Latin] is a general passport to the proper understanding of the Christian writers of antiquity and the documents of the Church’s teaching.”
An education in the classical liberal arts equips students with skills that extend far beyond simply interpreting particular languages. Increasingly, employers are calling for a recovery of an emphasis on humanities as a means of forming young professionals. “I propose that Classical Greek be restored as the centerpiece of the undergraduate curriculum. The loss of Homeric and Classical Greek from American college life was one of this century’s disasters…The capacity to read Homer’s language closely enough to sense the terrifying poetry in some of the lines could serve as a shrewd test for the qualities of mind and character needed in a physician.” – Dr. Lewis Thomas, New England Journal of Medicine Classical languages open up a vast horizon of learning opportunities that will reach will beyond a student’s high school years.