Introducing Lead Educator, Natalie Pepper, MAT, Onyx Room

“My approach when it comes to teaching is simple: I teach kids where they’re at, and help them strive to do their best at their level, not the level of anyone else.” – Natalie Pepper, MAT

Natalie is a driven and passionate human being. When she was a child, Natalie was diagnosed with… Read More >

Onyx Students Respond to Cleveland High School’s Program Inquiry

While we’re no strangers to receiving inquiries at Summa about our innovative program, it’s not often we receive a note from students themselves! Three Cleveland High School students got in touch with us last week, wanting to know more about our program. Here’s what happened…

Dear Summa,
We… Read More >

Parent Feature: Trish Langman

Trish Langman joined our community with husband Neale and son Henry (Sapphire ages 6-8) in September. Trish has eighteen years of experience designing for prestigious fashion companies worldwide, including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Halston, Kashiyama, Donna Karan, Nicole Miller,… Read More >

Introducing Lead Educator, David Ley, MEd, Emerald Room

Mr. David Ley, MEd

“One of the reasons I teach at Summa is the class size, I know every student. And it’s very individual… It’s not a blanket statement. Because it [education] really is dependent on the student in front of me.” - David Ley, MEd

Growing up in the hills surrounding Santa Cruz, California,… Read More >

Fall 2014 Project Based Learning Theme: Food

Summa Academy students explore the world around them through a different lens each season. Fall 2014’s overarching theme was food, encouraging students to examine food as art, food as ingredients, study the way food is produced in Oregon, and experience how food is grown, moved, displayed, and… Read More >

Families and Social Justice

Ba and I teach a course to graduate students through SelfDesign Graduate Institute. Our last course was in Applications of Child Development to academic excellence, conflict resolution, and social justice. This blog-post/article was written by an exceptional graduate student who studied with… Read More >

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