Welcome! Summit Tahoma is a unique public high school in south San Jose.  We provide a college-ready, personalized learning environment for 275 ambitious, diverse students.  Last year 100% of our graduating seniors were accepted to 4-year colleges.  We are tuition free and open for enrollment in grades 9 - 12.

Our Mottos:
This is our school.
College for every Thunderbird.
Leave no Thunderbird behind.
Everyone grows everyday.

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This is our very important student and family handbook - it outlines all of our expectations, procedures, and norms for students and families at Tahoma. Please make sure you and your student spend time reading it thoroughly!

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Recent News

  • Investigating Real-world Problems


    Investigating social media and teens: crafting an argument and integrating evidence in Journalism class

    We just completed our second round of Expeditions.  As with regular courses, Expeditions courses challenge students to apply cognitive skills to real-world projects.  In Journalism class, students explore questions like "What is the role of media in a democracy?" and "Where can I find untold stories?".  The projects help students learn skills for the 21st century - leading them to promising careers and to fulfill their responsibility as contributors to society.

    In their most recent Journalism project, Alex and Nataly investigated how social media affects teens.  They read online research including a report from researchers at UCLA, and they surveyed other students.  “A lot of teens use social media,” they said.  “Some feel like it’s an escape.  Other kids feel that it’s something that can mess up their day.”  Journalistic writing is much different than writing for English class, they said.  “It has to be short and to the point.”  They also said this class helped them to more objectively watch media coverage of the recent presidential campaign.  

    On another note, as Thanksgiving approaches we want to express our gratitude to our entire school community - for helping to prepare a diverse group of learners for college, for helping to uplift our community, and for your collaboration in making our school community a vibrant place.  We wish everyone a wonderful Thanksgiving.

    Posted Nov 14, 2016, 2:48 PM by Jonathan Stewart
  • Academic Progress

    Self directed learners: 9th graders during PLT (Personalized Learning Time)

    Expeditions courses resume next Monday, providing an opportunity for students to continue developing their talents and interests.  It's also a great opportunity for students to make progress on their Personalized Learning Plan (PLP).  During Expeditions, the "line" doesn't move so students can accelerate their progress in their regular courses.  Here are some suggested ways students can take full advantage of these two weeks:
         -Attend PLT before school (beginning at 7:45 AM in PF3)
         -Attend Office Hours after school (Mondays & Wednesdays 3:40-4:40 PM)
         -Work before and after school on their own

    During Expeditions each mentor will contact each student's parent by email, phone, or in person to review their student's progress.  Our goal is for each student to be "on-track" in each of their courses.  You are always welcome to reach out to your child's mentor or another faculty member to ensure your child is meeting their academic potential.

    Posted Oct 24, 2016, 5:38 PM by Jonathan Stewart
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