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Summit School REAL WORLD Curriculum

Summit School Model-  What makes Summit School’s curriculum unique?  Below are two examples of an “Expedition” and how we are working as a school to make all our learning modules into unique Real-World Learning experiences.   


Spokane River Cleanup   6th Grade Water Expedition- Learning about chemistry and ecology standards through the real world issue of fresh water and water reclamation.  The students partner with the Spokane River Keeper to learn how to protect our aquifer and Spokane River clean as well as the larger impacts of water pollution globally. 

1st Grade Tools and WorkUsing the text, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires, students work together 

to create a “magnificent thing” for our school. Through collaboration and perseverance, they created    

a “Magnificent Garden” for Summit School and our community. 

  Summit School Garden


Real-World Curriculum
Our approach to curriculum makes standards come alive for students by connecting learning to real-world issues and needs. Academically rigorous, project-based learning expeditions, case studies, projects, fieldwork, and service learning inspire students to think and work as professionals, contributing high-quality work to authentic audiences beyond the classroom. Our schools ensure that all students have access to a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, and regularly analyze that curriculum to align with those standards.