Our Graduating Class of 2015 at the California Theater

Our Mission

Summit Public Schools’ mission is to prepare a diverse student population for success in college and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society. Since our founding in 2003, our mission has driven every decision we make about our schools and every minute of the student experience. 

Students graduate from Summit college-ready. They have the knowledge, skills, and habits to succeed in and graduate from a 4-year college. While this may not be the path for every student, we ensure that every student is equipped with the skills to succeed in college, career and life. Our ultimate aim is for our students to achieve well-being by becoming individuals who reflect on how they want to contribute their talents and passions to this world, and have the resourcefulness, foresight, and persistence to achieve their life goals. 

Our Community of Families

Six years ago, with so many of our children falling through the cracks, hundreds of San Jose parents rallied together to find a public school option that ensured our children would have the opportunity to go to college. These parents discovered Summit Public Schools, a network of high-performing public charter schools that serve Silicon Valley’s diverse communities.  The parents committed hundreds of hours to doing whatever was needed to ensure Summit could open in San Jose.  In the fall of 2011, Summit Rainier and Summit Tahoma opened their doors to 200 diverse San Jose students and now serve over 750 in East and South San Jose.  Over half of these students come from low-income families.  This educational option is changing the trajectory of their lives and preparing them to be contributing members of the 21st century workforce.  

Our Successes

Summit Tahoma's charter was authorized by the Santa Clara County Board of Education in 2011 and opened in the 2011-12 school year.  Our accomplishments include:
  • 100% of 2015 and 2016 Summit Tahoma graduates accepted to 4-year colleges.
  • In August 2015, Summit Tahoma opened a beautiful new campus at Oak Grove High School in south San Jose.
  • Summit schools consistently ranking amongst the best in California, with its flagship school ranked 7th in California and among the 50 best high schools in the nation.
  • The organization being featured in the award-winning documentary ‘Waiting for Superman’ for the high-quality public school option Summit provides its students and families.
  • A world-class teaching faculty coming to Summit from the nation’s top teacher preparation programs, including Stanford, Harvard, Columbia, and UC Berkeley.
  • Launching a successful personalized, blended learning program in its schools, and leveraging new education technologies to drive student engagement and achievement.

Summit Public Schools

In 2003, a group of parents in Silicon Valley came together to reimagine the public high school experience. This was a bold move given that less than half of all high school students in Silicon Valley graduate with the basic requirements to attend a four-year college, and more than one in five drops out of high school altogether. The opportunity gap between those with a post-secondary degree and those without continues to rapidly grow. And yet, Summit Public Schools’ founding parents imagined a high school that could prepare every single student for college and career success.

Today, Summit Public Schools is a leading charter management organization serving Silicon Valley’s diverse communities. It operates nine schools enrolling over 2,500 students. Summit’s mission is to ensure that every student has the opportunity to not only attend, but succeed in, a four-year college or university.  To learn more, visit: Summit Public Schools.