“The most unique thing about our school is that it is more like family. This is not a rigid traditional high school. It’s very individualized to meet the needs of each student and every day is different, ”says principal Lisa Brown, noting that about 80 percent of the school’s students receive special education.
Summit Academy Dayton Transition High School fosters student participation 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 the Student Council.
Summit Academy Dayton Transition High School measures student engagement through regular classroom visits by administrative staff to ensure students are actively learning. Additionally, students are rewarded for their positive behavior through the school’s positive behavior support system.
According to Brown, students at Summit Academy Dayton Transition High School thrive on the acceptance and support they receive from their peers, teachers and families who collectively share the belief that any achievement is achievable.
For former student Collan Long who secured the coveted position of Class of 2020 Salvator at Dayton Transition High School, Summit Academy “has literally changed lives,” said her mother April Long.
“We found an environment of acceptance and accommodation, as well as the sincerity and love of teachers and staff. Collan not only improved… he skyrocketed, was successful… gained real friendships. We are eternally grateful for our time with Summit, which completely changed the trajectory of Collan’s future, ”said Long.