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Summit Learning Platform Assignments: 2018 - 2019 School Year

Overview on Summit

In early 2016, Walsh Middle School received a grant from the Center for Collaborative Education to implement an alternative personalized learning model to raise academic rigor and give students greater choice and responsibility in their learning. In fall 2016, the school began piloting the Summit Learning Program with several 6th-grade classrooms. The program expanded to all of 6th - grade students and a portion of 7th-grade students in the fall of 2017.

In Summit Learning classrooms, the curriculum is structured through real-world projects that challenge students to integrate and apply what they have learned. Teachers meet one-on-one with students to set individual goals and provide mentoring and support. Students move ahead when they can demonstrate that they understand the material.

Each course offered through the Summit Learning Platform includes real-world projects, rigorous content and assessments—all of which can be customized. Teachers can adapt or create new content and projects to meet their students’ needs, and teachers and parents can track student progress. By giving teachers the most up-to-date information on each student’s progress, they can coach students on how to build on their strengths and address their weaknesses in a way that is not possible in traditional classrooms.


2018-2019 School Year - 8th Graders

The Outcome:

These students were the first to pilot the program and all students whose parents wanted them to continue with Summit will remain in the program. The placements were determined based on the process below.

The Process:

Please note, a maximum of 100 students will be scheduled on the 8th grade Summit team in the following priorities:

  1. Students who have been on the Summit team for 2 years (16-17 School Year & 17-18 School Year)
  2. Students who had 2 or more Summit classes in the 17-18 school year, but have not been in the Summit program for 2 years
  3. Students who are interested in Summit for the first time as an 8th grader


2018-2019 School Year - 7th Graders

The Outcome:

There was more interest than space for these students and as a result, not all students whose parents wanted Summit placement were able to remain in the program. The Walsh Middle School leadership team established a lottery which determined the placements based on the process and priorities below.

The Process:

  • First Priority: Special Education Assignments
    • The Summit team has a designated number of seats available to Special Education students. A lottery using was held to determine who received a Summit assignment.
  • Second Priority: Summit Performance
    • Data was reviewed, assessed, entered into a formula based on successfully completed focus areas and cognitive skill scores from projects.
    • Scores fell in the range of .5 to 4.75.
    • Any student who had a score of 4.0 or higher was automatically placed in Summit.  
  • The remaining students who wanted Summit were placed in a lottery using
  • A waitlist will be created by and if space opens up because student(s) leave the program, the waitlisted students will be notified based on their position on the waitlist.

2018-2019 School Year - 6th Graders

The Outcome:

There was initially more interest than space for these students, but ultimately all students whose parents wanted placement on a team using the Summit model will be placed accordingly.

The Process:

Based on an additional review of the incoming class including Special Education, siblings of current Summit students, and updated general enrollment numbers for the 2018-2019 school year, a second team dedicated to using the Summit model was added.

If there are any questions on this, please don't hesitate to reach out to Principal Pat Johnson.