Seven steps to mental health care

Summit Academy principals share their ideas Mental health, like any other medical condition, requires care and attention. However, unlike most other medical conditions, mental health carries stigma and misunderstanding, which can lead to the neglect of conditions and pain prevalent among many. Consider the numbers … According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), … Continued

Summit Academy Akron Elementary Announces Student Openings for 2021-2022 School Year

Summit Academy Akron Elementary School has openings for families seeking an alternative educational setting, one where small-group, tiered instruction that meets the individual needs of students is the norm. The public, nonprofit, tuition-free community school is currently accepting enrollment applications for students in kindergarten through third grades for the 2021-2022 school year. Principal Dawn Presley … Continued

8 Tips to Put the Skids on Summer Slide

Learning shouldn’t stop just because school is out. Principals from Summit Academy Schools share their tips for helping students stay on track this summer while having fun in the process. 1. Create math equations with sidewalk chalk. Parents, grandparents, big sisters and brothers, aunts and uncles, create a math problem on the sidewalk using chalk, … Continued

Magical School Event to Celebrate Literacy

When two local special-needs advocates collaborate, the possibilities are nothing short of magical. Just ask Dawn Presley, principal of Summit Academy Akron Elementary school, and Lisa Armstrong, director of communications for United Disability Services, whose respective organizations will come together at Akron Elementary’s literacy celebration event, Carnival Night, Thursday, Jan. 16. As with most harmonious … Continued

Akron fourth-graders discover a kindred spirit in teacher who faced learning obstacles as a child

When Amy Norris’ fourth-grade students arrive to her Summit Academy – Akron Elementary School classroom for the first day of classes next Thursday, you might guess she’s met them before. Her students, many with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, autism and other challenges, find a kindred spirit in Norris, once a struggling student herself. “I missed … Continued