K-8 Open House

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When: Fri, April 17 10am-12pm
Where: 2510 SW 1st Ave, Portland OR 97201 (map)
What: Come learn and explore. See the updated classrooms, meet the Summa Educators, and have a conversation with the Summa Academy Director!

Traditional education focuses almost exclusively on the cognitive/intellectual development of children – yet we intuitively know that a person is so much more than their book smarts.Children are diagnosed more rapidly now than at any time in history. Youth are prone to depression, bullying, boredom. They are suffering academically and socially, they have little confidence and they don’t know how to find the joy and wonder in the world the way they did naturally when they were four or five. Their spark is gone, and our society is suffering as a result.

The Summa Difference

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

We are offering you another choice: for your child to actualize their full potential. It is what we do. And we don’t just do that for your child, we do that for your whole family. Is it worth $13,250/year to know your child is actualizing their full potential? Is it worth it to love your family time, to look forward to family dinners and vacations?

Here is what makes us unique:The Academy integrates the latest in what works in education.

  • Small teacher to student ratio (11:1)
  • Project-based learning integrated into the core curriculum
  • Fostering a joy in learning first and foremost
  • Academic excellence through experiential learning
  • Teaching relationship/communication skills at every age and stage
  • We are the only organization in Portland that combines a school, professional development training center and research entity under one roof
  • We are the only school in Portland which offers whole family education as an integrated part of the curriculum
  • Founders as Teachers: the founders of Natural Learning Relationships, the philosophy which guides all we do at Summa, are on-site and engaged in day-to-day teaching
  • We have a common vocabulary for parents and teachers to use when talking about the child, bridging the gap between home and school
  • We teach our students to self-reflect in a way that builds confidence and helps the child know their place in the world
  • Our teachers are engaged in ongoing professional development, a significant advantage over typical in-service and staff training

Quick Facts:

  • 8:45 Drop Off
  • 9:00 School starts
  • 9-9:30 Home Room check-in and Interpersonal Curriculum
  • 9:30-10 Physical Activity (PE)
  • 10-12:30 Academic Learning Blocks (45 minutes each)
  • 12:30-1:20 Lunch & Recess
  • 1:20-2:15 Academic Learning Block
  • 2:15-3:15 Project Based Learning
  • 3:15-3:30 Home Room check-in and Interpersonal Curriculum
  • 3:30-3:45 Pick up
  • 3:45-6pm Optional After school care
  • 11:1 student to teacher ratio
  • Kids spend time outside every day
  • Art and music are a part of every week with specific classes and in-class time
  • We value diversity in our student body ethnically, socioeconomically, learning styles
  • Tuition $13,250/year

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