Summit Academy aims to become a school district of excellence in literacy

Curriculum Administrator Jessica Hahn and her colleagues want to transform Summit Academy into a school district of literacy excellence. The ambitious goal applies to both literacy instruction from staff members and literacy achievement by students. The goal is most certainly within reach, says Hahn, explaining that Summit Academy’s Reading Framework has already laid the groundwork … Continued


National Dog Day – Summit Edition

Today is National Dog Day! Summit Academy is lucky to have four Service/Therapy Dogs in our buildings!   Mr. Miyagi, a young 16-year-old Shibu Inu, graces the hallways of the administration office in Akron. Mr. Miyagi enjoys naps, treats, and the occasional pat on the head. Barkley is 3 1/2 years old with the personality … Continued


Back-to-School Success

6 tips for easing into the new school year A few years ago, we published a story on back-to-school tips. Families and students found it helpful, so we refreshed our story and are pleased to share it once again … As summer slips by and back-to-school ads bombard in full force, anxiety tends to sneak … Continued


Jessica Hahn and Sara Schmidt advance as Curriculum Administrators for Summit Academy

Jessica Hahn and Sara Schmidt have been promoted as Curriculum Administrators for Summit Academy. Schmidt most recently served as an instructional coach for Summit Academy Community School – Dayton and Hahn as a literacy coach for Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners – Middletown. Jessica Hahn With a focus on reading, Hahn will work … 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.  


Lead Intervention Specialist Sandy Blais to Begin New Role as Special Education Regional Director on August 1

Longtime Summit Academy Lead Intervention Specialist Sandra “Sandy” Blais will advance to her new role as Special Education Regional (South) Director, beginning August 1, 2022. “We are extremely fortunate to place someone as experienced and knowledgeable as Sandy in this critical position,” said Erica Richley-Duda, MSEd, LPCC-S, CCTP Executive Director of Special Education. “Sandy’s advancement … Continued


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


Cincinnati Community school readies for spring virtual auction, May 1-7

Summit Academy Community School – Cincinnati will present a week-long online charitable auction beginning Sunday, May 1 to Saturday, May 7. Open to the public, the event is hosted by the school’s Parents Teachers Students Together association to raise funds to support students and families in need. “All proceeds from this event will be used … Continued


Navigating new phases after high school – Easing transitions for students with autism

Graduating from high school can be an inspiring yet daunting rite of passage for most teens, particularly those with autism. Determining which post-graduation option is the best fit should be a step-by-step process for young adults with autism, say Summit Academy Schools educators, dedicated to teaching students who learn differently. They share their top seven … Continued


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