Summit High School
29 William Street
Auburn, NY 13021
Natalie Scavone - Principal of Alternative Education
Elaine Hobart - Guidance Counselor
Staci Berg - Social Worker
The Summit School is an alternative education program for high school students, grades 9-12, who have experienced difficulty in attaining school success within the traditional environment. This program provides academic classes, on grade level, within a supportive setting that provides small group instruction that is designed based on studentsí unique needs. The development of solid academic study skills is stressed along with developing pro-social skills. Responsibility, courtesy, punctuality, communication skills, and self-confidence are specific areas that are developed by participation in this program. Small group instruction has been key to student success. Students participate in a full-day schedule and are provided transportation via the home school BOCES bus run.
The Summit High School is housed on the second and third floors of the Auburn YMCA. This renovated space provides a learning environment within a non-traditional setting, which provides many unique opportunities. Students are encouraged to become involved in home school sports and other activities.
Who Should Participate
Characteristics of the typical entry level Summit School students who have become the most successful include:
- Can be successful with grade level academic work yet have failed to demonstrate this ability.
- Are average ability or higher.
- May have a number of risk factors operating within their life setting yet are able to develop some positive relationships with peers and/or adults.
- Appears to be not benefiting from the traditional environment because of class size or imbedded negative routines and/or behaviors that can be adjusted through closely structured classroom experiences.
- Can be successful interacting with adults and peers in the community.
The Summit School offers students:
- A chance to work hard on things they enjoy.
- Small group instruction toward academic preparation for high school graduation.
- A chance to explore careers.
- Accountability for actions.
- Development of self-esteem by stressing individual importance, academic success, and goal setting.
- Strong channel of communication between home and school.
For more information, please contact your home school guidance counselor or the Alternative Education Principal.