Summit Atlas Curriculum

Our curriculum prepare all students for success in college and career.

Our academic program exceeds the requirements to apply for a 4-year university and college, include the University of California’s A-G requirements. While most students take the same courses in the same grade level, we deeply value personalized learning and each course supports students individually and aligns their daily work with their long-term goals. Students often have the opportunity to choose topics that interest them within a project, and teachers help them engage with activities that balance support and challenge so that every student is growing every day.

Middle School

  6th Grade 7th Grade 8th Grade
Social Science Social Science 6 Social Science 7 Social Science 8
English English 6 English 7 English 8
Math* Math 6 Math 7 Math 8
Science Science 6 Science 7 Science 8
Spanish Middle School students at Summit do not take World Language courses.
P.E. Physical Education
Expeditions P.E., Art, Spanish or Storytelling (offered 2017-18)

High School

  9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Social Science World Studies I World Studies II AP US History AP Government
English English 9 English 10 AP English Language and Composition AP English Literature and Composition
Math* Math I Math II Math III Finite Mathemataics
AP Calculus
Science Biology Physics Chemistry AP Environmental Science
Spanish** Spanish courses as appropriate. See “Foreign Language” section below.
Electives Health or Art Health or Art College Readiness, Health or Art Health or Art or Misc Elective

* While the vast majority of 9th graders will be appropriately challenged by Math I, students may accelerate to Math II if they demonstrate proficiency in Math 1 through various tests at the start of school. In 12th grade, students have the option to take both AP Statistics and AP Calculus if they meet requirements that show their ability to meet the demands of the course load.

** At Summit Atlas, the world language we offer is Spanish. Spanish fluency is highly valuable in the context of today’s society, which is why we have focused our foreign language offering in this way. We offer four Spanish courses: Spanish 1, Spanish 2, Spanish 3, and AP Spanish Language. Students are placed in the appropriate course on the basis of the course they took the previous year or a survey they complete at the beginning of the school year. Most students who are new to Spanish start in Spanish 1. Most students who speak Spanish at home start in Spanish 3. Students who have previously studied Spanish in school will be placed into the most appropriate level. Depending on their Spanish placement and their long term goals, students may or may not take Spanish in any particular academic year.

Electives at Summit Atlas


At Summit, electives are designed to help students discover talents, practice the Habits of Success, and find joy in school. We achieve these objectives by exposing students to a variety of topics and classroom activities taught by teachers for whom the subject is their passion.

Successful Electives courses should ignite student passions and put students who are not always immediately successful in an academic environment into leadership or mentorship positions within their community.

Electives courses can be offered within five clusters: Health and Wellness, Arts and Performance, Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), College Readiness and Success (AP Courses and Foreign Language), and Leadership and Social Change. Each electives teacher teaches at least two courses.


Elective courses happen for 50 minute periods in middle school and 70 minute periods in high school two days a week during the normal school day.


Electives classes are led by Electives teachers who are full-time, site-based faculty members. Electives teachers may also serve as mentors.


Real-life experiences are one of the four elements of college readiness. According to research done at Carnegie Mellon University, students who are connected to a personal passion graduate with clarity about the direction for their future. This clarity facilitates students making informed choices about their “best fit” colleges based on an understanding of the course of study for possible careers and lifelong interests. Students who have had these Electives experience can immediately apply their decision-making and self-direction skills to set and achieve goals that are connected to working towards their passions and potentially career aspirations. Finally, students who are connected to their passion will be more likely to lead meaningful and happy lives both inside and outside the classroom.


In Electives classes, students are expected to meet our expectations to maintain a safe community and our expectations to engage in learning.


2018-2019 Electives Courses

Middle School Electives

  • Art
  • Yoga
  • Conditioning & Health
  • Film Studies.

High School Electives

  • Art
  • Yoga
  • Conditioning & Health
  • Film Studies
    AP Psychology

More details to come soon…