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

Dungeons and Dragons club sparks imagination, strategies and friendships at Akron Secondary

Inside an imaginary amusement park created by Summit Academy Secondary School – Akron senior Elijah King, fellow senior Brandon Gaylord examines the scene. Here, people are perched on stools, conversing about a building basement. Elijah informs Brandon about the basement’s many unexplored nooks and crannies. Filling in as the Dungeons & Dragons master, Elijah describes … Continued

Akron Steel Band to Perform at NAMI Walks Summit County, October 14

Covering Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” a young steelpan band takes the iconic beat on a cool Trinidadian detour. It’s rock with a twist of soca (an offshoot of calypso), describes Melanie Stoll, taking a few minutes out from directing her fledging steel band. Stoll, a music teacher at Summit Academy Secondary School – Akron, says … Continued

Summit Academy Akron Senior Paul Pemberton Earns Coveted Black Belt

Paul Pemberton, a senior at Summit Academy Secondary School – Akron, earned his black belt in martial arts today. It’s an achievement 12 years in the making. “It’s like a miracle,” Pemberton says. Pemberton’s martial arts expedition began in 2011, when he was in the first grade. His instructor, Sensei Chuck Rickard, Coordinator of Therapeutic … Continued

Akron Secondary Teacher Keytsa Bishop Named Head of the Class by Cleveland Cavs

Teaching wasn’t part of Keytsa Bishop’s original plan as an artist. She envisioned herself selling art and working as a graphic artist. Then she had a revelation. “I started to learn how powerful art is by sharing it and seeing how I can make a difference in other people’s lives,” says the Summit Academy Secondary … Continued

Astronomy, Autism and Altruism

Summit Academy Secondary School – Akron Senior Shares His Story Jaden Garvey has a passion for photography. He can often be found outdoors, taking pictures of setting suns, rural landscapes and star-filled nighttime skies. He’s also an astronomy buff, hooked ever since he was a little boy by a Blue’s Clues episode on stargazing. Now … Continued

Akron Secondary Students Honor Local Military Veterans with Messages of Gratitude

Summit Academy Secondary School – Akron students delved into their hearts to pen sentiments of gratitude to local military veterans. By way of handmade Veterans Day cards, those messages are landing in the hands of about 60 military veterans at a special November 11 ceremony in their honor at the Gables of Green assisted living … Continued

Summer Food Program Notice

Summit Academy Schools will not be offering the summer food program to the following cities: Akron Canton Cincinnati Columbus Dayton Lorain Middletown Painesville Parma Toledo Xenia   Warren and Youngstown will offer the summer food program.  

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

Artwork by 4 Summit Academy Secondary School – Akron students selected for international art show

Norrel Henderson holds up bold and colorful self-portrait bursting with Andy Warhol vibes. Think of Warhol’s Marilyn Monroe canvases, only edgier. The ink-and-watercolor piece by Henderson, a ninth-grade student at Summit Academy Secondary School – Akron, will be part of the Milestones Art Show, held virtually June 15 to August 15. Henderson’s artwork, along with … Continued