Summit Middle 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 middle school students, grades 7-8, who have experienced difficulty in attaining school success within a 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. Students also participate in service learning projects within the local community. The Summit School utilizes the community as a classroom by providing the opportunity for students to develop social responsibility. The development of pro-social skills and personal responsibility is an important aspect of this program. Responsibility, courtesy, punctuality, communication skills, and self-confidence are specific skill areas that are developed by participation in this program. Students participate in a full day schedule and are provided bus transportation via the home school district.
The Summit Middle School is housed on the second floor 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.
- Can be successful interacting in the community experience.
The Summit School offers students:
- A chance to work hard on things they enjoy.
- Small group instruction toward academic preparation for High School.
- Exposure to the community through community resources and academic field trips.
- A chance to identify their own strengths and weaknesses.
- Accountability for actions.
- Development of self-esteem by stressing individual importance 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.