Our Story

Two local groups of educators and parents, whose proposals were among the top 50 finalists in the Project XQ competition, have joined forces to reimagine high school in Boulder County and launch an innovative new charter high school called Summit Academy. The academy will extend many of the elements of the award-winning Summit Middle Charter School with the best, most innovative schools in the nation. Building on our middle school success we will provide all students with a high school option that meets their unique educational and social needs.


Where each student’s passion unlocks new possibilities for the future.

Summit Academy transforms students into innovative problem-solvers and thinkers, as well as solution-focused entrepreneurs who are leaders of tomorrow.  The integration of  21st-century learning skills and competencies inspires students to direct their learning, live as scholars, engage in the community, and express their creative power.

Mission Statement

To provide a rigorous, academic curriculum that promotes high levels of student effort and academic achievement

To foster high self-esteem through stimulating intellectual challenge and meaningful academic accomplishment

To inspire in students a lifelong love of learning, a desire for self-development, and good citizenship

To create a caring community of peers who value scholarship, academic achievement, and creativity

To serve as an excellent preparation for students intending to study in rigorous college, university and postgraduate programs as well as make contributions to the global community


At Summit Academy, we emphasize self- directed and tailored learning to meet a student’s specific needs and support their emotional health. We model an ethic of excellence - returning to the American concepts of craftsmanship, pride in our work, and ownership of our mistakes. Our assignments, discussions and projects are student- centered, based on real-world problems. An emphasis will be placed on experiential, expeditionary learning, exhibitions including rich off-campus experiences, collaborations with teams in other schools, cities and countries. Our program is grounded in rigorous, personalized teaching with authentic assessments and demonstrations of learning.