Xenia Lead Intervention Specialist Sheryl Belmont Earns Master Teacher Designation

Lead Intervention Specialist Sheryl Belmont, who teaches at Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners – Xenia, has earned Ohio state designation as a Master Teacher. Belmont began her education career 17 years ago as a music teacher. A decade ago, she transitioned to special education where she says she discovered her greatest joy as … Continued

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

Tutoring Program at Summit Academy Akron Elementary School Attracts National Interest

Summit Academy Akron Elementary School’s thriving student readers are receiving an academic boost from high-impact tutoring. National education policy influencers want to know more. This week, FutureEd’s Liz Cohen visited the school to get a firsthand look at its tutoring program. Cohen, who is the policy director for Georgetown University think tank FutureEd, identified Summit … Continued

Parma PE Teacher Wanda Ford Named Coach of the Year

Wanda Ford, a basketball legend and physical education teacher for Summit Academy Community School – Parma, was named Coach of the Year in youth basketball by the City of Parma. She received the honor on March 25 at Parma City Hall from Mayor Tim DeGeeter, Ward 4 Councilwoman Kelly Zacharias and Director of Parks and … 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

Playground Promise Keepers

“I think we should get a slide for the playground … a slide is fun,” wrote Summit Academy Community School  – Parma student Vivienne Schoger as part of a persuasive letter-writing assignment. The second grader’s narrative conveys a viewpoint shared by many of her fellow school community members. Since last summer, Principal Noriliz Santiago has … 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

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