Board-breaking helps students tap superpower

As the school year winds down, Summit Academy’s therapeutic martial arts program kicks into high gear with several celebratory board-breaking ceremonies. When Summit Academy students first start their therapeutic martial arts instruction in their school’s respective dojo, they begin their journey with a white belt. Students can earn as many as 13 belts over time. … Continued



6 Myths and Facts about Autism

Like the puzzle pieces commonly used to symbolize autistic individuals as perplexing, autism tends to engender misunderstanding. Summit Academy Community School – Dayton Behavior Specialist, Em Ellis, LSW, who works with and advocates for autistic children, says the name change of the nationally recognized month – from Autism Awareness Month to Autism Acceptance Month – … Continued


8 Tips for Special Education Success During Remote Learning

When the COVID-19 pandemic closed schools abruptly last March, Kelly Addessi admits that the fast-unfolding remote learning environment was an adjustment for her son, Evan.  At the time Evan was a fourth-grader at Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners – Canton Elementary. There, he thrived in an engaging environment, learning alongside classmates as well … Continued


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6 Tips to Support Your Autistic Student’s Success and Well-being

While Ohio’s school closure came like a curve ball at most school-age children and their families, autistic youngsters have fiercely felt the jolt. Children with developmental disabilities thrive on the routines and “sameness” school days deliver, says Em Ellis, LSW, a behavior specialist for Summit Academy Community School – Dayton. So, when typical days filled … Continued


Dayton teacher sees greatness in her students

“There  are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” That phrase could have been coined with someone like Suzette Everhart, a third-grade teacher and intervention specialist at Summit Academy Community School in Dayton, in mind. With her associate, bachelor’s and two master’s degrees, you might think Everhart followed a typical path to higher education: graduate … Continued