The Summit exists to provide a rigorous Liberal Arts education and to partner with parents to form their sons and daughters in Christian virtue so that they become mature, responsible young adults equipped to engage the world.
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Summit students can earn up to 21 college credits through Dual Enrollment Courses offered on campus and taught by our faculty.
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An Exceptional Learning Experience to Ignite the Soul
Students are invited to engage in an exciting learning environment in which they are encouraged to develop a mature and profound sense of inquiry. We encourage students to ask, to test and to pursue answers so that they can learn to discern and engage in a mature encounter with reality. While preparing students to thrive in higher education we offer much more than a gateway to college. The end objective of our education is in the name of our methodology. A robust Classical Liberal Arts program is a proven means of forming the students to enjoy and grow in liberty; an authentic freedom that is oriented towards what is true, good and beautiful.
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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.
During the foundational period of development the school will be leasing facilities. By leveraging existing resources, we will controls cost and ensure that we continue to prioritize investments on education. Classes currently take place at Zoan Baptist Church, which is located at 5888 Plank Road, Fredericksburg, VA. The school has classrooms facilities, a large assembly room and cafetaria space. This space serves our current needs as it includes all required class furnishings, audio/visual equipment, and permanent storage for lab and studio equipment.
How will an education at The Summit Academy position students to not just gain acceptance to but also thrive in college? With our rigorous classical curriculum, wide range of electives, multiple extracurricular opportunities, integrated, and personalized college application advising, students are extremely well prepared for post-secondary learning upon graduation.
For each of the past three years, students have scored over 150 points above the national average on the SAT. In addition to gaining acceptance into highly selective colleges, our student receive a significant amount of merit aid and regularly invited to participate in university honors programs.
Why a Classical Liberal Arts Education?
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Costs and Return on Investment
Our objective is to keep tuition prices within reach for as many families as possible, and The Summit is priced well below national and regional averages for private high school tuition. However, value is not determined by price-point alone.
Assessing the real return on investment of an education means considering both the short-term and long-term impacts. Parents recognize our students’ growth and maturity as they matriculate through our program. Alumni report that they feel far better prepared to succeed in college in comparison to their peers. Excellent academics, character formation, a commitment to character development, personalized attention, and a healthy culture that will encourage a lifelong love of learning are key differentiators that make the Summit Academy a valuable investment with returns that far exceed the monetary cost.
An investment in an education at The Summit is an investment for a lifetime.