Summit’s Expeditions Program:
The Summit approach to elective courses – in the form of Expeditions – is unique. Expeditions occur at each school site four times throughout the year in two-week intervals. Students take a morning and afternoon course every day for two and a half hours each for a daily, immersive experience in the area of study that they would like to explore or already have passion for. They continue this exploration for each two-week Expeditions interval in a school-year.
The Expeditions faculty is the team of teachers who rotate through four school sites for the year, leading two sets of students at each school through this immersive experience for two weeks, and returning to that group four times each year.
The areas of study, or clusters, which students can explore include but not limited to:
- Ethnic Studies
- STEM-Related courses
- Visual Arts
Over the course of their time at Summit, students have the opportunity to explore passions across these clusters or to craft a pathway of deep study that may lead to an internship or independent study.
Using the Framework for 21st Century Learning, the skills, knowledge, and expertise that students should master to succeed in work and life in the 21st century vary by areas of study or cluster.
The role of the Expeditions teacher is to empower students to discover and deepen their passions. We believe that connecting to one’s passion is essential for success in college and career. Students can make better choices about “best fit” colleges based on an understanding of the course of study for possible careers. This helps them immediately apply their decision-making and self-direction skills to continuously set and achieve goals that are connected to their desired career trajectory.
With your own passion and expertise, you will execute this vision by doing the following:
- Designing and teaching a high-quality, challenging, project-based curriculum which guides students towards explorations of potential passions.
- Facilitating learning experiences that lead students through a deep exploration of fields of study connected to potential majors, hobbies, and careers.
- Creating and guiding students through real-life experiences in the field, through guest speakers, field trips, and other authentic connections to the real world.