“The most unique thing about our school is that it is more like a family. It isn’t a rigid traditional high school. It’s very individualized to meet each student’s needs and every day is different,” says Principal Lisa Brown, noting that about 80 percent of the school’s student body receives special education.
Summit Academy Dayton Transition High School fosters student involvement and social growth through its drama, basketball, art, volleyball, guitar and chess clubs, as well as through therapeutic martial arts. Students also participate in school plays, the National Honor Society and Student Council.
Summit Academy Dayton Transition High School measures student engagement through regular classroom visits by administrative staff to ensure that students are actively learning. In addition, students are rewarded for positive behavior through the school’s Positive Behavior Support System.
According to Brown, students at Summit Academy Dayton Transition High School flourish due to the acceptance and support they receive from peers, teachers and families who collectively share an ethos that any accomplishment is attainable.
For alumnus Collan Long who earned the coveted position as Dayton Transition High School’s Class of 2020 salutatorian, Summit Academy “has literally been a life changer,” says his mother, April Long.
“We found an environment of acceptance and accommodation, along with sincerity and love from the teachers and staff. Collan not only improved … he soared, experienced success … gained true friendships We are eternally grateful for our time with Summit, which completely changed the trajectory for Collan's future,” Long says.