FAQs for Summit Students
Here are some frequently asked questions about what it’s like to be a student at Summit.
What do I wear?
While you’re on campus, you’re welcome to wear clothes from home. Before you enroll, your family will receive a packing list. When you arrive at Summit Achievement you will be fully outfitted with the clothes and gear you need to stay safe and comfortable no matter the time of year! These clothes are what you’ll wear on Expeditions, (“Expo”).
What will I eat?
We have a fantastic chef, named Kate, who prepares healthy meals sourced from local ingredients. We can make sure that your dietary needs are covered, so if you’re vegetarian or have any other restrictions– Kate’s got your covered!
When you’re out on Expo, you’ll cook with your group and your guides, creating camp-style meals that you’ll cook with your teammates over a stove.
Do I have to sleep outside every night?
You will only sleep outside when you’re on Expo. For those three nights, you’ll be in a tent with some of your group-mates. No matter the time of year, you’ll be safe and warm. We have the highest rated gear and our guides will teach you how to stay comfortable.
While you’re on campus, you and your group will live in a cabin. You’ll sleep in a bed and the cabins have bathrooms and showers.
How long will I be at Summit?
The exact amount of time you’re at Summit will depend on your individual treatment plan and academic goals. It’s also really important to remember the more motivated you and your family are, the faster you’ll feel comfortable at the program and move through our levels. For some folks that’s as little as six weeks, and for some it’s a little bit longer.
What is an allied-based approach?
Our relational model uses what we refer to as an “allied based approach” in which therapist, teachers, field guide and staff work alongside students to work on treatment goals. We work diligently to connect with our students to listen and learn about their lives and challenges. Our approach comes from a place of care and not control.
Can I communicate with my family and friends?
Yes! You will video chat or talk with your parents every week. Halfway through the program, most students have an overnight, off-campus family visit. Your parents and family members will also be able to email you as much as they are able. Your friends are able to write you letters. For students in our Summit Traverse program, you’ll be able to email with friends.
What happens after I graduate from Summit?
When you’re preparing to graduate from Summit, you’ll spend time with your therapist, your teachers, and your family deciding where you will go. The majority of our students return to a traditional environment whether it’s home or a traditional boarding school.
How do I continue to do my school work?
At Summit Achievement & Summit Traverse, we have a small team of teachers who work with each student to make sure they can continue with their school work. You will have a unique curriculum based on your academic needs and interests, and have the opportunity to earn credits as you complete course work. Even though you will be working individually on your web-based curriculum, our teachers will be in the classroom with you for guidance and assistance when you need it.