Study Skills

Organizing Materials
Starting in the third grade, Summit students carry a Case It ™, a special binder that contains all work from the current grading period. Student binders are completely outfitted at the beginning of the school year. Students are required to file assignments, quizzes, and tests in color-coded folders. Daily binder checks are conducted to ensure that the process of executive functions are active. Faculty and parents sign student agendas to check for note-taking accuracy.

Parent Information and Communication
GradeLinks is our secure web-based student information system that offers parents an at-a-glance view of all subjects, including access to study guides, emails, week in review letters, photos, and campus news.

Quarterly progress meetings are conducted between the faculty and parent/guardian to review student performance and address areas of strength and concern.

Homework is assigned with objective and purpose. We recognize the importance of family time, social, and extracurricular interests. Supervised study periods are provided throughout the week for middle and high school students. Students utilize our unique “EF ticket” to demonstrate their selection of study strategies as an extension of the executive functions skill training.

Executive Functioning
Executive functions are taught in the elementary years and focus on the development of strategies to help the student with organization, planning, prioritizing, time management, and strong study skills. Research indicates that executive function skills are more important for school readiness than IQ or entry-level reading and math skills. Many of our students enter the Summit school with a deficiency in executive functions, particularly note-taking skills. It is our goal to teach our students effective strategies to initiate and complete tasks, focus attention, and set and achieve goals to ensure that they are able to reach their full potential.

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