Worth It

For two families, an 80-some-mile trek to and from school is worth the guarantee that their students receive a Summit Academy education. Every week, the Lowry/Gaylord and Cindric families, both from southwest Medina County, share carpooling duties to bring their grandsons to Summit Academy Secondary School – Akron. Tristan Cindric, a junior, and Brandon Gaylord, … Continued


A Salute to Our Classroom Heroes

When Summit Academy put out a call for special teachers to honor during Teacher Appreciation Week, the floodgates opened. The task to salute one exceptional teacher in each Summit Academy school proved nearly impossible. The truth is, as CEO John Guyer stated in his recent letter of gratitude our amazing educators, they are, “hands down, … Continued


5 Things You Might Not Know About Autism

While awareness about autism has developed over time, misconceptions surrounding this common condition still linger. Experts from Summit Academy, an Ohio leader in K-12 special education with an emphasis on autism and ADHD, weigh in with five key, yet relatively unknown, facts about autism. 1. Autism affects girls, too. The proverbial cat may finally be … Continued


Could Akron Middle School Educator Tasha Hunter be chosen as America’s Favorite Teacher?

Summit Academy Middle School – Akron’s Title 1/Multi-tiered Systems of Supports Teacher Tasha Hunter has been named a contestant for the Reader’s Digest “America’s Favorite Teacher” contest. The nomination comes as no surprise when you enter Hunter’s classroom, which is filled with smiling children. Her creative, easy teaching style inspires students to not only enhance, … Continued


Summit Academy social workers express a common denominator: a calling to help others

For Social Work Month, we went behind the scenes with Summit Academy’s amazing social workers and counselors. We asked them what they like most about social work and counseling, why they enjoy working for Summit Academy and what attracted them to their profession. We discovered a common theme among them, a desire to help others. … Continued


Leo Hyland selected as executive director of the Summit Educational Foundation

The Summit Educational Foundation (SEF) has named Leo Hyland as its executive director. Leo brings an extensive professional background in education leadership and mission advancement. Leo most recently served as the president of St. Vincent-St. Mary High School where he worked collaboratively with the school’s Executive and Foundation Boards. Prior, he was the president of … Continued


RFP / Psychological Testing and Related Services

January 29, 2024 Re: Summit Academy School – RFP / Psychological Testing and Related Services Summit Academy Management invites your company to submit a proposal based on the attached Request for Proposal for Psychological Testing and Related Services. Summit Academy Schools are non-profit community schools for alternative learners. The Summit Academy Schools are specifically designed … Continued


Tutoring Program Boosts Students’ Competency and Confidence

Sporting headphones, Summit Academy Akron Elementary School third grader Dominic grins and nods at a laptop screen as he engages with a tutor working with him virtually, in real time. Instructional Coach Lindsey Durbin says Dominic finds his tutoring sessions so enjoyable that he wishes they extended beyond their typical 30 minutes. Dominic is one … Continued


Erica Richley-Duda’s New Book Provides Life Strategies for People Affected by ADHD

For Summit Academy Executive Director of Special Education Erica Richley-Duda, penning her first book — aimed at unmasking ADHD — has been an 18-year-long labor of love, simmering since she started her career in counseling and special education. Richley-Duda, who is both a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision Designation and a Certified Clinical Trauma … Continued


Gina Nash Joins Summit Academy Management as Director of Food Services

Summit Academy Management welcomes new Director of Food Services Gina Nash. Gina brings 17 years of experience in food service direction including positions at Educational Empowerment Group, White Hat Management and most recently Pisanick Partners. At Pisanick, Gina served as a consultant to seven local school districts including Summit Academy Schools. “After visiting the schools … Continued


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