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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. An emphasis on cross-curricular activities between subject areas enhances student awareness of how concepts interconnect and relate to the world around them.

Based on research showing that students with learning disabilities require explicit instruction in learning how to learn, the middle school program, which consists of 7th and 8th grades, integrates study skills into lessons across subject areas. Students are taught organization, time-management, note-taking, test-preparation, research skills, and test-taking strategies to help them transition successfully to high school.

The elementary program utilizes specialized intervention programs 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.

A strong co-curriculum component augments and enriches the academic program through field trips, outdoor education, travel abroad, expert speakers, and science fairs. A thriving visual and performing arts program nurtures students’ innate talents and targets the strengths of our student population, allowing them to exhibit their skills in events such the Annual Spring Musical and Art Shows.

The programs, courses of study, and instructional methods at Summit View are chosen and implemented based on educational research and curricular standards.

Integration of technology is an essential element of the academic program. The use of technology assists our students in discovering ways to compensate for learning deficits and better accessing 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. 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.

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