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Summit Public School - Denali Campus Reviews

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Denali is a small school with only about 100 students per grade. Students can form close bonds with each other and with teachers, who are readily available and willing to chat or help you with just about anything. There is an emphasis on preparing for college. You really get out of it what you put in - the academics are probably less than other schools, however, many students self-study AP exams or take college courses. Clubs and other activities are very student-led and directed. If you want to see a club that the school doesn't have, you can form it. The sports here are definitely not as competitive as other high schools, so if you are someone who loves sports - this is probably not the right school for you. We have been moving around a lot, but recently, we found a permanent campus (hopefully) so that shouldn't be happening anymore.
I highly recommend Summit as a college prep school. Its curriculum is based around getting the most out of your future secondary education, and its small size allows teachers to help out every single student in their class. The administration sometimes makes questionable decisions, deadlines are absurdly lax, and the school's restorative justice system is a joke. However, as a whole, Summit's teachers are passionate and able to ensure that every student gets where they want to be in life through preparing them individually for the future.
Summit Denali is an amazing school for people who work better in small environments. It is much smaller than a traditional school( roughly 100 students per grade) with a really close community. All students and Denali know each-other and have very close bond with their teachers. This school is not the type for very active and sports loving people, there are only about 4 sports, soccer, track, volleyball and sometimes swim. Among this, physical education is not a requirement to pass so students are rarely active expect during lunch. The campus is known to move around a lot and is currently at Saint Cyprian Church Sunnyvale,however, it is supposed to move next year to a more traditional looking campus. Overall, this school is very good for students who like to be connected with their peers and who are self directed and not for very active or cannot support themselves and do their own work.
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Summit Denali is an amazing school for people who work better in small environments. It is much smaller than a traditional school( roughly 100 students per grade) with a really close community. All students and Denali know each-other and have very close bond with their teachers. This school is not the type for very active and sports loving people, there are only about 4 sports, soccer, track, volleyball and sometimes swim. Among this, physical education is not a requirement to pass so students are rarely active expect during lunch. The campus is known to move around a lot and is currently at Saint Cyprian Church Sunnyvale,however, it is supposed to move next year to a more traditional looking campus. Overall, this school is very good for students who like to be connected with their peers and who are self directed and not for very active or cannot support themselves and do their own work.
I wouldn't recommend sending your child here. There aren't any academic opportunities, and sports are minimal. No JV or real varsity, so nothing to help your child for college apps. Academics are horrible, and often leave student behind. I transferred out last year, and was left extremely behind in all subjects (math especially). Students aren't controlled, and when they are, teachers are unfair and biased towards punishments etc. Students can easily make up work MONTHS after the due date, and still get full credit, not teaching them any study habits. Again, would not recommend.
Its been very frustrating to go to school here. They do things very differently from public schools, but not always for the better. One of the more frustrating things is that they will not be doing a Senior Trip this year instead electing to do a "senior legacy day." Earlier in the year, instead of doing our annual camping trip, something that had been a tradition since the sixth grade, they did a community day.
I started off in Summit Denali since middle school, 6th grade. I enjoy studying in Denali because it provides us with a different teaching and learning environment. It's more of an independent learning environment and we're more responsible with our work, specifically knowing what to do without being told most of the time. One thing I do wish our school has is an actual sports program where I'm able to participate in CCS.
Students at this school are making more academic progress from one grade to the next compared to students at other schools in the state.
Summit is a very unique school in its teaching style, the opportunities it has, and its close-knit community. Most of the teachers are pretty young and have an easy time relating to and understanding the children they are teaching. The community is very close, it is the kind of school where everyone knows your name. The teachers also take the time to get to know and check on each student individually, and they act as college counselors too. Summit also offers many opportunities such as college nights and other events where students have the opportunity to learn about the college process. However, like any school, Summit does have its drawbacks. It lacks many clubs and it does not have P.E. or a strong sports scene. Overall, I think that for the students who are really looking for an opportunity to grow and be competitive for college, Summit is a great school and community to be a part of.
I have attended Summit Denali for about 5 or 6 years now, and overall, my experience has been pretty great. Since 6th grade, every single teacher and staff member wanted to see me succeed. Teachers make special connections with every student and guide them throughout middle and high school. The classes and learning system help us with academic independence, research, and it's great preparation for college. Every student at Denali is there to succeed and go to college. Denali has a close community where every student feels welcome. As I said, Summit Denali is a great school overall because it truly prepares every student for life after high school.
Summit Denali is notable for its focus on self-directed learning and has done an excellent job in coaching students to be detail-oriented and thorough in their academic work. Unfortunately, the school is relatively new and experimental, which means schedules and classes can be unpredictable. The most severe criticism that can be given is that Denali does a poor job of teaching time management and procrastination is rampant.
I am not sure how the ratings are tabulated on this site so wanted to share a bit more information for those interested. This school started with 6th graders back in 2013 and have added one class year thereafter. This year was the first high school year and the 9th graders are now moving on to 10th grade. I have seen incredible results from this school and these children so far. My daughter just graduated from 8th grade here and she will be continuing on to 9th grade in the new campus soon to open. They do focus on college readiness even at the middle school stage so kids are already looking ahead by 8th grade. With Summit Prep's model of success and its continuous top state & national rankings, I have a lot of confidence in the future of this school.
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