Summit Public School District (39-5090)

Summit Public School District

Summit Public Schools: District Narrative 2015-2016 and Looking Ahead

Student Achievements
In June 2016, Summit High School (SHS) graduated 302 members of the Class of 2016, and had a graduation rate of 99%. SHS continues to see strong growth in honors and AP courses.

Despite this increase and expansion in the number of students and AP exams, SHS student performance also continues to improve. Eighty-five percent of the AP exams taken in 2016 were scored at 3 or above. Of the 437 students who took at least one AP exam, 396 of them scored a 3 or better. This indicates that 90.6% of our AP students scored 3 or better.

In addition, many of our students were recognized for their performance on the AP exams. Sixty-four students were recognized as AP Scholars, 39 as AP Scholars with Honor, 72 AP Scholars with Distinction, and 24 as National AP Scholars.

Summit High School's current senior class has been recognized with the honor of having four Semifinalists in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program.

In addition, there were many accomplishments in arts and athletics. Girls Cross Country was ranked 16th in the state, and Boys Soccer was ranked 19th in the state. The Field Hockey team earned distinction as North 2 Group 3 Sectional Champions. The Boys Baseball team was recognized as the Valley Division Union Conference Champions and Boys Lacrosse was recognized as Fitch/Pitt Division Champions. Girls Lacrosse was ranked #1 in the state, #2 in the tri-state, and 5th in the nation. They also won Tournament of Champions, were Group 3 State Champions, North Jersey Group 3 Sectional Champions, and Union County Champions. Additionally, Mr. Mike Walsh was honored as Coach of the Year for Girls Lacrosse. SHS's musical production of Mary Poppins won Best Musical at the Paper Mill Playhouse.

Board of Education Focus Areas
In May 2015, the Board of Education concluded the focus area setting process with the adoption of three focus areas for the period from September 2015 through June 2018:

Focus Area #1: Raise achievement for all; provide a consistently excellent education at every level in an environment that empowers each child to reach his/her potential

Focus Area #2: Cultivate a love of learning through outstanding curricula, inspirational instruction and well-supported teachers and staff, who are dedicated to excellence

Focus Area #3: Sustain superior educational programs through timely investment, strong financial oversight and operational excellence

Talented Staff
The mission of the Summit Public Schools' Office of Human Resources is to recruit, hire, empower, support, and retain outstanding educators to motivate, inspire, and nurture every student in Summit. We are proud of our diverse, creative, and dedicated team of educators who, as lifelong learners, consistently seek to develop as professionals, as well as find innovative and effective ways of engaging students in relevant learning experiences. The Summit Public Schools welcomed a number of talented staff members to the district for the 2016-2017 school year: 39 full time and leave replacement educators (3 high school, 12 middle school, and 24 elementary school), 12 aides, 4 support staff, and 4 student interns joined our team this year. As Summit continues to focus on professional development and invest in the growth of its educators, the SET program will continue to provide professional development throughout each educator's first three years working in Summit.

As of 2016 the entire high school and middle school are both fully equipped with 1:1 devices. By 2017-2018 all middle school students will also be on the same Chrome platform as the high school.