Summit Prep Ranked Top 100 Public Schools

The US News and World Report released its rankings of the top 100 public schools in the nation.

Accolades and high rankings are nothing new for Summit Prep High School, the charter school in Redwood City that received national attention after in the education documentary, "Waiting for Superman."

The US News and World Report ranked as the 15th best public school in California and the 81st best public school in the nation, up from 132nd in 2011.

It was also ranked one of the in the nation in 2011.

This reputation has parents and students alike the school through the lottery system that will take any student regardless of background or previou GPA.


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Buck Shaw May 09, 2012 at 03:12 PM
So if Summit does this with the same amount of money as the other schools now. I wonder what the other schools will do with the Parcel Tax monies? Do you really think they will improve? In 2017 when measure W will expire. Do you think the the School District will say thanks and it will be over or will they ask to continue and even raise the amount? Honest, what do you think the District will do?
Lou Covey, The Local Motive May 09, 2012 at 03:20 PM
Different district Buck. Summit is a high school in the Sequoia Union High School District. The parcel tax is for the Redwood City ELEMENTARY School district.
Lou Covey, The Local Motive May 09, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Sequoia, BTW, doesn't have the financial problem the RCSD does because the high school district encompasses communities with high property values, including Menlo Park, Atherton, Portola Valley, Woodside, and San Carlos. The elementary district feeds many students into Sequoia, Woodside and Menlo Atherton schools, but lacks the revenue base of the surrounding elementary districts. The education quality of Redwood City students suffers because they simply don't have the same facilities and resources of all the other districts, and that drags down the overall performance of the high school district schools. Summit is able to have high results because they are actually allowed to reject students that don't meet educational standards. The other schools don't have that option because they are required to provide access to all students regardless of preparation.
Dan Ponti May 09, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Lou, I don't agree with you on many things, but you're dead on with your comment here. The RCSD has suffered far too long from income inequality relative to other school districts in our area. Yet, they've done some amazing things with limited resources. Our two kids are products of RCSD - one's now a Stanford grad out saving the world, and the other is now tearing it up at Univ. of Oregon; both are far more impressive individuals than their parents - or at least their Dad :-). We owe a lot of this to some terrific teachers and the great learning environment they experienced in elementary school here. I'm excited for what RCSD can do in the future with some decent funding. We are proudly displaying a "Yes on W" sign in our front yard and I hope that the rest of the community will show its support for RCSD in this upcoming election
Sharon Levin May 09, 2012 at 09:02 PM
I'm not sure where the idea that Summit does this with the same amount of money as other schools. Meg Whitman gave $2.5 million to Summit. Believe me, she has not given that to Sequoia (I don't believe she's given us any money, but I can't say that with 100% certainty). We are very happy, however, with the education our children are receiving at Sequoia and in an extremely diverse (ethnically and socio-economically) community
Mary Albitz May 10, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Summit is able to have high results because they have a much different structure that supports the students more. They actually do this with less money from the district per student than the standard high schools. Summit is NOT allowed to reject students that don't meet educational standards. That's why they have a lottery so all applicants have an equal chance of getting in.
Buck Shaw May 11, 2012 at 05:17 AM
Its great to have you back Lou. Setting me strait on the multitude of Bonds and funding issues. There are so many its hard to keep track of them all. Although the County Tax bill does a good job of showing all the School Bonds.
John Foley May 14, 2012 at 06:29 PM
I am working for the defeat of the parcel TAX. Until there is change from the Crates leftovers---nothing will matter. And somehow--if passed---the new TAX with magically be extended. If passed---I will be raising my rents ASAP.


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