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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.  


Beloved School Director Trina Moore to Begin New Career Chapter

After 21 years at Summit Academy, beloved educator Trina Moore will turn the page to a new chapter in her impactful career. Called to teach at an early age, Moore says she has always felt at home in the classroom. She describes her childhood days playing teacher to her cousins. “I would ask them to … Continued


Brian Pendleton Elected as SAM Board Director Emeritus

Sociologist Dr. Brian Pendleton,  a co-founder of Summit Academy’s signature Therapeutic Martial Arts Program, has been elected as a Director Emeritus of the Summit Academy Management Board. Dr. Pendleton’s rich history with Summit Academy spans with service of over a decade on the board, including four years as president. A Professor Emeritus of Sociology at … Continued


Life is a Highway

Game of Life brings real-world triumphs and tribulations to Summit Academy Middle School – Columbus students Life is a highway. Life is what you make it. Life throws curveballs. Life is but a dream. No matter which catchy line about life you favor, all hold nuggets of truth. Students at Summit Academy Middle School – … Continued


Mari Dew to serve as Summit Academy Curriculum Director, beginning July 1

Current Summit Academy Curriculum Administrator Mari Dew will advance to the position of Curriculum Director, beginning July 1. Dew’s strong work ethic, expertise and loyalty to Summit Academy Schools and students pave the way for her well-deserved advancement, says Executive Director of Curriculum Heather Singer. Dew has been described as a quintessential educator. She joined … Continued



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


Summit Academy – Toledo plans special event: Kindergartener for a Day

Local families with children entering kindergarten in fall 2022 invited to attend fun-filled, informative two-hour affair Summit Academy – Toledo will host Kindergartener for a Day on Friday, May 13 at the school, 301 Collingwood Blvd., Toledo. Interested families can select one of two sessions on May 13:  9-11 a.m. or 12 noon-2 p.m. During … Continued


SAM welcomes Jacci Gilliland as Director of School/Sponsor Relations and Compliance

Jacquelyn “Jacci” Gilliland joined Summit Academy Management on May 3 as the Director of School/Sponsor Relations and Compliance. Jacci brings a wealth of experience to Summit Academy including 13 years with the Ohio Department of Education. There, she began as an administrative assistant in 2006 and advanced to the position of contract evaluator/negotiator for the … Continued


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