Summit View offers a college preparatory program to students with learning differences. High school core classes meet the a-g course requirements for University of California and California State University admissions. The rigorous, standards-based curriculum follows state and district guidelines including advanced courses such as Pre-calculus, Astronomy, Honors English, and Physics.
Throughout the curriculum, executive functioning and self-advocacy skills are a focus and students are taught organization, time-management, note-taking, test-preparation, research skills, and test-taking strategies to help them transition successfully.
Class sizes are no more than 14 students, with both a classroom teacher and teaching assistant in the majority of our course offerings. Our teachers are required to have their special education credential or be working toward completion. Specialized intervention programs are used to solidify and improve basic skills related to reading, writing, math, and study habits. Learning comes alive through classroom and small group participatory, interactive, hands-on, multisensory instruction in a stimulating and motivating environment.
The programs, courses of study, and instructional methods at Summit View are chosen and implemented based on educational research and curricular standards.
Integration of innovative programs and tools, technology, and assistive technology is an essential element of the academic program. All assist our students in discovering ways to compensate for learning deficits and better access the curriculum. For example, text-to-speech software enables students with decoding impairments to access and understand text. Concept mapping software facilitates organization of ideas in the writing process. Standing desks and folding bikes help our more fidgety students focus and best learn. Each classroom is equipped with interactive white boards that promote student engagement and target diverse learning styles.
The Summit View academic program provides students with the opportunity to achieve their fullest potential, prepare for post-secondary education, and experience true success.