The Washington Charter Schools Association hosted a celebration Thursday, January 13, 2014 in Seattle highlighting Summit Public Schools (SPS). The Parents Union was there as Summit CEO and founder Diane Tavenner delivered the keynote.
Summit is one of seven non-profits recently awarded charters to open non-traditional public schools in Washington State. Summit currently serves 1,600 students in six Bay-area California schools. Nearly half of Summit’s students are Hispanic/Latino and many are from low-income families.
In 2003, Tavenner founded Summit Preparatory Charter High School in Redwood City, CA. Newsweek magazine ranked Summit Prep one of 10 ‘miracle high schools’ with 100 percent of graduates eligible for public college/university admission in California and 97 percent accepted to at least one four-year college.
In December, Summit hired Jen Wickens Davis as Chief Regional Officer to coordinate the opening of two high schools in Washington in 2015, Olympus in Tacoma and Sierra in South Seattle.
Seattle Times, Jan. 30, 2014 State’s first charter school to open next fall in Seattle