Our academic program is guided by our concept-based curriculum principles, allowing for learning to occur individually or in small groups, based on each students needs, passions and interests.
A day at the Summit Academy
8.30-8.45am: Intensive literacy
Our students sit as a class group and practice their personalised outlaw (spelling) words on drill cards, both orally and written.
8.50am: School bell and morning circle
9.20-10.20am: Experiential strand
Creative arts, drama, dance, music, science, technology and cooking take place depending on the project for the term and student interest.
10.20-10.50am: Brain break
10.50-12.50pm: Instructional strand
Intervention and acceleration for literacy and numeracy rotations.
We have a large field and lots of sporting equipment, a netball court, indoor space and a sheltered seated area with an edible garden.
1.30-1.50pm: Quiet time
Students work on a task, game or rest independently for the last 20 mins of lunch to ‘decompress’ and be ready for learning in the afternoon.
1.50-3.00pm: Thematic strand
Students work individually or in a co-constructed group environments on inquiry projects. The emphasis is on collaboration, or partnership working. Workshops also occur at this time. Students can book in for extra help or identified as needing extra support with academic, creative and/or personal challenges.
3.15 pm: School day ends
An opportunity to shine
We understand that when it comes to education, one size does not fit all and we can all see the benefits of educating talented kids in an environment where they have the opportunity to shine.
This year we offer two classes, running every Thursday and Friday of the school term with students traveling from all over Auckland. Each group is carefully matched, and capped at 12-14 students per class.
In every class, both the lead teacher and their assistant are trained in multi-sensory learning. We also encourage students to use assistive technologies as a means to break down barriers to learning.
How the day school works
Each day begins with intervention and acceleration sessions, implementing an evidence-based approach to both literacy and numeracy. These structured sessions cover phonemic targeting and training using a multi-sensory approach.
Our maths acceleration sessions are also multi-sensory and are designed to work on deficits, with a focus on building confidence, reducing anxiety and helping your child to enjoy and understand the building blocks of mathematics.
IPads or Chrome books are used in our reading sessions to access decodable books directly from our Google Drive. Students work together, assisting one another to work through activities directly related to the book. This type of collaborative learning increases reading mileage and reduces anxiety. Students help each other to decode unfamiliar or more complex words and build confidence reading aloud to peers.