Summit began with the closing of the Fair Oaks campus of Victory Christian School in May of 2009. From that decision a new group of parents, who had a vision for a new kind of Christians School that focused on the heart of the child while desiring to raise the next generation of Christian leaders, was formed. They believed that being “followers for Jesus” was not sufficient in today’s world, but wanted to grow leaders for Jesus instead. Out of this vision a new school was born which is Summit today.
Summit ranks in the top 20% of all schools nationally. In comparison with local public schools, Summit would rate in the top 10% as measured by the Terra Nova 3.
Summit was founded on the belief that each child is a gift from God and made in His image. When problems arise we teach children to resolve differences immediately and directly in accordance with Matthew 18. Hence our main mission to “raise a new generation of leaders who live and learn with Christian character” will be accomplished as our students take on increasing responsibility for their behavior. We strive to have all of our student walking in the Spirit in accordance with the apostle Paul’s admonition in Galatians 5:16-26, and to obey those in authority over them at the first request. This happens when a person has a heart to obey God out of love for Him and rules and the law diminish in necessity.
How large are your classes?
Summit is committed to keeping the class sizes small enough to allow the teachers to get to know each student and their family on a personal level. Our largest class is 22 students per teacher and the average is 13.
How is Summit different from Public Schools?
Summit teaches the same basic required content as the California public schools based upon the Common Core Standards by using a biblically integrated curriculum from Bob Jones University Press and the Association of Christian Schools International. This assures that our students learn to see all of life from a biblical perspective sometimes called a “biblical worldview”.
The public schools teach that all beliefs are equal, but evolution is fact, thereby implying that any other belief is superstition. This concept alone discards the truth and authority of the Bible and places everyone’s values and beliefs on an equal plane (moral relativism). Any explanation about creation that differs becomes by definition unscientific because science and the scientific method is seen as the only truth, everything else is merely opinion. Humans become just another “highly evolved animal”with equally valid values and opinions, devoid of any spiritual nature, and by presupposition, sin is irrelevant.
Christian students find themselves living in two different and opposing worlds (church and home vs school) with the dominant influence coming from the public school with some teachers and peers who don’t share the same values. Younger students are particularly vulnerable to the sophisticated arguments indoctrinated by secular schools. One example is recently passed legislation that mandates instruction in lifestyles which are in direct opposition to Biblical teachings.
Are you under the provisions of SB 48?
No, Summit is not required to teach the provisions of SB 48. The Law provides that:
“60044. A governing board shall not adopt any instructional materials for use in the schools that, in its determination, contain:(a) Any matter reflecting adversely upon persons on the basis of race or ethnicity, gender, religion, disability, nationality, sexual orientation, occupation, or because of a characteristic listed in Section 220. (b) Any sectarian or denominational doctrine or propaganda contrary to law.”
Summit is exempt from these provisions.
How is Summit different from other Christian schools?
First, Summit is an independent inter-denominational school with an independent governing board made up interested persons from the schools community. The Summit team is dedicated to growing the next generation of Christians who excel both academically and spiritually because they want to Glorify the God of the Bible.
Swcond, we believe this only happens as a result of the transformation of the heart.Man made rules, behaviorist methods, or secular systems of instruction cannot achieve this goal, it is a work of the Holy Spirit of God as the Word of God is modeled, taught and practiced by Christian teachers who are also experts in their domains. “Summit Christian School aims to implant in the heart of each one of its students that the glory of God is the primary pursuit of all our striving. “Therefore we make it our aim, whether present or absent, to be well pleasing to Him.” (2 Corinthians 5:9)”.
Academic achievement is the result of excellent curriculum taught by exceptional teachers with class sizes small enough to ensure that ever child has teacher time. Our curriculum is research based but utilizing an integrated biblical approach. See our philosophy section for more…
Who can enroll in Summit?
Summit is a Christian school and does require that parents and guardians of students attending Summit agree to support our Statement of Faith and that they as a family will committ to regularly attend and support the local church of their choosing.
Summit Christian School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and athletic and other school administered programs. Summit Christian School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, nationality and ethnic origin in the hiring, management or supervision of its faculty and staff.
What if we can’t afford it?
Summit offers grants and aid to families who need financial assistance. Families who need assistance are encouraged to apply for admission and financial aid. Summit works with the local church as well to provide financial support for families who are in need. families in need are encouraged to contact their local church Pastor for information about our program.
What do you mean by “interdenominational”?
Summit has students from many different denominations and independent churches. We welcome families who will support our Statement of Faith and that believe in the essentials of the Bible, that it is God’s written revelation to man. It is composed of sixty-six books which are divinely inspired and inerrant in all their parts. The Bible is infallible and the final authoritative source for faith and conduct (Psalm 12:6; 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 1:21). That there is one true and living God, eternally existent in three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, coequal, perfect in their attributes, each deserving worship and obedience. God is the Creator and sustainer of all things which He miraculously accomplished by the Word of His power in six literal days (Genesis 1-2; Exodus 31:17; Deuteronomy 6:4; Isaiah 44:24; 48:16; John 1:3; 2 Corinthians 3:18; 13:14; Colossians 1:15; Hebrews 1:2).
How does Summit’s curriculum differ from public school’s?
Summit teaches the same basic required content as the California public schools based upon the Common Core Standards, but by using a biblically integrated curriculum from Bob Jones University Press and the Association of Christian Schools International. This assures that our students learn to see all of life from a biblical perspective sometimes called a “biblical worldview”. The underlying assumptions about the nature and existence of God have a tremendous impact on shaping the curriculum of a school. Summit is NOTrequired to teach the provisions of SB 48
The public schools teach that all beliefs are equal, but evolution is fact, thereby implying that any other belief is superstition. This concept alone discards the truth and authority of the Bible and places everyone’s values and beliefs on an equal plane (moral relativism). In California with the adoption of SB 48 the public schools have defined a mandatory secular value system be taught to all students K-12. Any explanation about creation that differs becomes by definition unscientific because science and the scientific method is seen as the only truth, everything else is merely opinion. Humans become just another “highly evolved animal”with equally valid values and opinions, devoid of any spiritual nature, and by presupposition, sin is irrelevant. Christian students find themselves living in two different and opposing worlds (church and home vs school) with the dominant influence coming from the public school with teachers and peers who don’t share the same values. Younger students are particularly vulnerable to the sophisticated arguments indoctrinated by secular schools.
The motivations for learning at secular schools becomes recognition, self glorification and self gratification as students respond to Darwinian approaches to learning (secular learning theories). This attitude creates a classroom environment of selfish disrespect, and makes teaching and learning very difficult for the serious student. The school atmosphere is confusing and feels unsafe because there are no shared values and Christians with clearly defined and absolute values are marginalized and sometimes ridiculed. The decisions about curriculum content are politically correct and responsive to the loudest voice in the crowd and must exclude the Bible with its opposing (absolute) worldview.
At Summit we view the whole child as a spiritual being created by God to glorify God with and by their life; hence to “live and learn with Christian character.” Our students are taught that learning is to be desired because it honors their God whom they love. By glorifying Him with their life actions, learning becomes a positive lifestyle where each student strives to excell in the giftedness that God has given them. Going to school is something they look forward to doing in a safe and caring environment where biblical truth is exalted.
What about Accreditation?
Summit is a member of the Association of Christian Schools International and is undergoing the review and procedural steps necessary for accreditation. Most K-8 schools in California are not accredited, but Summit is a candidate for accreditation by Western Association of Schools and Colleges next year and is a participant in the ACSI STARprogram.