The School Day
Summit Academy is located in the heart of Machesney Park on the site of the former 9th grade Harlem High School campus.
A typical school day at Summit Academy will look and feel quite different from that of a larger middle school or high school. Staff pride themselves on knowing every student's name and greeting them upon arrival, as well as getting to know them on a personal level. Students travel through a self-contained leveling system from the first day they arrive until their final day of transition. As students progress and earn additional privileges, they move closer to their end goal of graduation or a return back to their sending school.
Transportation to school is provided by the student’s home district. Classes start at 8:50am Monday through Friday, but the school building is accessible to students starting at 8:30am.
Upon arrival, students are offered a nutritious breakfast before heading to either the middle school or high school academy. Both academies are housed in their own instructional area on campus. The technology-rich classrooms have a low teacher-to-student ratio so students can receive attention when requested or required for a more comfortable learning environment.
School dismissal begins at 2:30pm, and transportation from school is once again provided by the student’s home district.