Summit View School Prepares Young People with Learning Differences to Realize Their Dreams

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Summit View students participate in a college prep science class.

In 2007, Allie Vaccaro was a high school freshman struggling with poor grades due to her learning differences. She had issues with self-confidence and believed that her ambition to become a doctor would never be realized. That’s when Allie’s mom, Andra, heard from family friends about a school named Summit View.

Summit View School is dedicated to serving students with a wide range of learning differences by offering an innovative K-12 curriculum coupled with small class size and hands-on learning. Its highly individualized educational approaches help students build their self-confidence and acquire the skills needed to experience achievement and success. Learning comes alive through classroom and small group participatory, interactive and multisensory instruction in a stimulating and motivating environment. Its WASC-accredited college prep high school program gives students the opportunity to develop skills for college.

It was just the kind of environment in which Allie could thrive. In a matter of weeks after her enrollment, her grades and her outlook improved tremendously.

“Everything changed,” says Andra Vaccaro. “She came home really excited because she could finally understand what was going on.”

During her time at Summit View, Allie blossomed both academically and personally, taking part in several extracurricular activities, playing on sports teams and editing the yearbook. She even spoke at the school’s graduation ceremony in June.

But her successes didn’t end there — today, Allie is enrolled as a freshman in UC Irvine’s pre-med program. Her dream of becoming a doctor is one step closer to coming true.

This type of success story is common for students at Summit View, where 97 percent of graduating seniors attend college. “The combination of academic and emotional support helps students achieve their fullest potential,” according to Director Nancy Rosenfelt.

“We help them find their strengths and overcome their challenges, so that they see themselves and their futures differently.”

Summit View School is WASC accredited and offers an individualized K-12 academic curriculum for students with learning differences. For more information, call (877) 943-5747 or visit www.summitview.org.

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