Welcome to Summa Institute!

Home of Summa Academy located in downtown Portland.

Featuring Experiential and Project-based learning, an 11:1 student to teacher ratio, and individualized learning plans for every student.

Self-actualized kids. Thriving families. Passionate professionals. Inspired community.

“It is so empowering to be a part of an educational community which looks at the entire family’s development in relation to that of the child! I do not know of any other program in my area (education) that looks at development this holistic! The whole family grows together in this model and isn’t this “whole growth” the most beneficial to the family and the community at large?!” - Summa Academy parent

Summa Institute unites family development, education and research through an unprecedented child-centered, family supportive learning community where inspiration and wisdom emerge.

We are grounded in the Natural Learning Relationshipstm approach to human development. Our vision of education as it ought to be is located in downtown Portland and includes these three integrated components:

• The Summa Academy
An independent school empowering students to reach their full intellectual, physical, emotional, and social potential.  This unique educational environment for students age 4 – 14 and their families operates using the holistic approach of Natural Learning Relationships.  Students learn in multi-age classrooms that have an 11:1 student to teacher ratio.  Our Academy runs on an extended year and integrates parent enrichment as a component of every family’s experience.  Enrolling now.

• Summa Professional Development Center
A rich resource of continuing education and training for professionals. The center offers seminars,workshops, retreats, internships, and materials for teachers and counselors throughout Portland, and the nation. Locally we have served Friends of the Children, Portland State University, National College of Naturopathic Medicine, Northwest Academy, Parent Child Preschools Organization, and the Integrity School in Austin, Texas. The center will launch its next teacher training course in January 2014.

• Summa Research Core
A formal framework for analysis, evaluation, and improvement of our Natural Learning Relationships pedagogy and family programs. The Research Core shares results and findings with families, scholars, policymakers, and the public.

Summa Institute was founded in 1985 and is a non-profit organization with a 501(c)(3) IRS determination. More about us can be found here.

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