Summit Denali Charter School
Summit Denali Charter School Photo #2 - Summit Denali has a high school and a middle school program. Our high school is college prep.
Summit Denali Charter School Photo #3 - At Summit Denali each student develops deeper thinking and life skills through engaging and relevant project based learning.
Summit Denali Charter School Photo #4 - At Summit Denali each student discovers and deepens their passions, interests and values.
Summit Denali Charter School Photo #5 - At summit Denali each student receives 1-1 support and coaching through our teacher mentoring program.
Summit Denali Charter School places among the top 20% of public schools in California for:
- Category Attribute
- Overall Rank Highest overall rank (Top 10%)
- Math Proficiency Highest math proficiency (Top 10%)
- Reading/Language Arts Proficiency Highest reading/language arts proficiency (Top 20%)
- Diversity Most diverse schools (Top 5%)
Summit Denali Charter School's student population of 660 students has grown by 105% over five school years.
The teacher population of 31 teachers has grown by 158% over five school years.
|School Type||Charter School|
|Grades Offered||Grades 6-12|
|Total Students||660 students|
|Total Classroom Teachers||31 teachers|
|Students by Grade|
Summit Denali Charter School is ranked within the top 10% of all 9,602 schools in California (based off of combined math and reading proficiency testing data) for the 2017-18 school year.
The diversity score of Summit Denali Charter School is 0.65, which is more than the diversity score at state average of 0.64. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five school years.
|Definition of Terms 2017-2018 School Year Data||This School||State Level (CA)|
Overall Testing Rank
|#954 out of 9602 schools|
Math Test Scores (% Proficient)
Reading/Language Arts Test Scores (% Proficient)
|Student : Teacher Ratio||21:1||23:1|
|Two or more races|
|All Ethnic Groups|
|Eligible for Free Lunch|
|Eligible for Reduced Lunch|
|School Statewide Testing||View Education Department Test Scores|
|School District Name||Santa Clara County Office Of Education School District|
|Total Sports Offered||3 sports|
|Sports||Basketball, Soccer, Volley Ball|
|Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.||22 extracurriculars|
|ExtracurricularsExtra-curric.||Club or Organization:|
Anime Club, Aquatic Engineering, Art Mentorship Club, Biking Club, Biology Club, Chess Club, Christian Club, Coding Club, College Library, Deipnosophist Club, Fashion/Design Club, Fundraising Committee, Future Medical Club, Hike/Run Club, Journalism, LGBTQ+ Club, Mock Trial, Music Club, Photography Club, Speech & Debate, Student Council, Volunteer Clu
- Since opening in the fall of 2013 with a founding class of 6th graders, Summit Denali has served the diverse communities of Santa Clara County - from Palo Alto to San Jose.We believe that every student is capable of college success, that it takes character and academics to achieve that success, and that serving others is part of the joy and responsibility of success. These three elements are evident in everything we do, from project time to volleyball practice - for every student, every day.In 2020, we graduated our first class of seniors and are proud to share that college acceptances include schools like Stanford, MIT, all University of California schools, San Jose State, CalPoly, Princeton, and many more.Our middle school program is structured to respond to the unique and changing needs of adolescents, and readies our students for high school. Our program develops and builds skill sets, inspires engagement and creates lifelong learning habits. Students learn how to set goals, make plans, demonstrate their skills and knowledge, and reflect on their progress.Our high school program is college prep. Students continue with skill development. Students apply their acquired knowledge, skills, and habits to exercises that broaden and deepen their passions and prepare them for what they`ll encounter after graduation and in the world. Students participate in hands-on projects in class and eight weeks of expeditionary learning each year. Experiential learning exposes students to new career, volunteer pathways, and internships, while nurturing their sense of purpose. AP courses are required for all junior and senior students.Summit Denali is a countywide benefit charter school authorized by the Santa Clara County Board of Education. We are tuition free, open to all students, and currently enrolling incoming students in grades 6 through 12.
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Nearby Public Schools
The nearest high school to Summit Denali Charter School is Mission Early College High School (1.7 miles away)
The nearest middle school and elementary school is Spark Charter (0.3 miles away)
- School Location Miles Grades Students
- Sunnyvale Spark Charter Grades: K-8 | 247 students
739 Morse Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94088
(408) 306-5872 0.3 K-8 247
- Sunnyvale Columbia Middle School Grades: 6-8 | 773 students
739 Morse Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
(408) 522-8247 0.4 6-8 773
- Sunnyvale San Miguel Elementary School Grades: K-5 | 398 students
777 San Miguel Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
(408) 522-8279 0.5 K-5 398
- Sunnyvale Lakewood Elementary School Grades: K-5 | 424 students
750 Lakechime Dr.
Sunnyvale, CA 94089
(408) 522-8272 0.7 K-5 424
- Sunnyvale Bishop Elementary School Grades: K-5 | 490 students
450 N. Sunnyvale Ave.
Sunnyvale, CA 94085
(408) 522-8229 0.9 K-5 490
It's been such a positive experience for our family, with a structured curriculum that's engaging along with strong self-learning values instilled in their everyday life. Our elementary school wasn''t able to pivot to remote schooling in the spring and finding a better match was key with the pandemic. Denali provides a supportive environment for the kids with instruction but the teachers for the most part of the day, with mentoring time and self-directed periods during the day, giving our 6th grader a chance to flex during longer lunch and step away from the computer. We are grateful for all the care the teachers and staff provide the students.
- Posted by Parent - Linda V
I'm so impressed with the Summit school staff's dedication, hard work and organization, especially during turbulent times. Summit Denali is a well-run school with an excellent curriculum. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive. It''s also very casual, with a lot of self-directed work. If you want a silent classroom with strict military discipline, then this is not for you.
- Posted by Parent - Grizzly
I am a parent of a current 7th grader and a graduated Summit Denali student from last year (2020 - Founding Class). My graduated student is now attending UCLA. The mentors at Summit Denali have such a positive impact on the students. They check in with students on a weekly basis to make sure they are on track academically and emotionally. The platform also allows your student to go at their own pace, which was great for both of my kids who are independent learners. But it also works for those students who need extra help. They can get extra help from teachers during the last hour of the day. The projects are also great because they relate to real-world situations. Another plus is the staff. They will be there to help you with any problem. They will not brush you off like so many other schools do. I highly recommend Summit Denali.
- Posted by Parent - Wendy B.
My daughter has been a student at Summit Denali for the last 3 years. I cannot express how grateful we have been to find a school that has had such a positive impact on my daughter. I have watched her grow and thrive in this environment. As a child who needs a little extra help, they have provided the support I was unable to get in her past school. They have worked to improve her self-confidence, show her it's ok to fail (a struggle she has as a perfectionist), and provide such support, caring, and cheering at her successes. The mentors are a whole other level of support for the kids, providing a close-knit community within an already tight community of kids. Not only is Denali meeting my daughter's needs, but works to adjust those needs as necessary. If your student has an IEP or 504, this school has been such a relief after our previous experience. This school does have a wide range of students enrolled. This helps them learn about acceptance, something I feel is needed to make them productive members of society. They limit the number enrolled per grade to around 100, so the staff really gets to know all the students in the schools. The program is something my daughter really enjoys. Yes, they are a college-focused school, but they also realize that all students do not learn the same way or at the same pace. Their platform allows students to work within a structure while at the same time room for self-directed learning so they can go at their own pace. They have projects and activities where they work with other students or with partners so they can learn teamwork and how to hear other points of view as well as be heard. Again, all lifelong skills needed. Lastly, amongst the COVID restrictions, we are all dealing with, the Summit platform was already adapted to be an online program. There was a seamless transition when distance learning went into effect. As a parent, I was so grateful that my daughter who was graduating 8th grade at the time didn't miss any school and finished the year on time. My daughter started Denali High School this year. I have seen so much personal growth in her from last year to this year. I would highly recommend looking into Summit Denali for middle school or high school if you are looking for a change for your child.
- Posted by Parent - JeanetteC
As a parent of a child with an IEP, this has been a good placement. He is doing grade level work (getting all A''s) because he can manage his time and has clear expectations of assignments and due dates. The staff has been mostly very good and the few issues have been addressed.
- Posted by Parent - panda
The school extends grace to students when they need it the most. Yes, there is a range of students enrolled, but that is the point. The administration and teachers work through the requirements of the curriculum by scaffolding it up and down to meet the needs of the student.
- Posted by Parent - Grizzlie
Wonderful aspirations...there is too wide a range of student capabilities to meet the needs. Seems to be a lot of turnover and absenteeism with the teachers as well as a higher than average ration of students to teacher. Kids say it's hard to get some time with the teacher to adequately discuss the schoolwork. If you need services - check to see if they can support your needs because they are ramping up and may not have what you need.
- Posted by Parent - shirr
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