Programs Summit 54 Supports
|Summer Advantage||College Track||Rocky Mountain Prep|
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|We believe that if we provide rigorous academic programming and an array of enrichment activities during the summer months of the primary and middle school years, then children will show significant academic gains in reading and math, improve their self-esteem, and aspire to be leaders in their families, communities, nation, and world.||College Track is a national college completion nonprofit that empowers students from under served communities to reach their dream of a college degree||Rocky Mountain Prep is an innovative, top-performing network of elementary schools in Denver and Aurora. Our mission is to educate scholars with the rigorous academic program, character development, and personalized support necessary to be successful in a four-year college and life.
Summit 54 Overview
Summit 54 uses best practices business analysis to select high performing nationally acclaimed academic programs to sponsor in Colorado. Programs are selected based on specific Colorado needs for underserved students. Summer Advantage USA was introduced in the Roaring Fork Valley in 2011. It serves more than 600 K-4th grade students in Basalt, Carbondale and Glenwood Springs. In 2017, Summer Advantage students in the Roaring Fork Valley gained 1-2 months in reading and 3-4 months in math during the free five-week summer program.
College Track was sponsored in Aurora, Colorado in 2010 and has now spread to the Denver Public Schools.In Aurora, 52 or our 54 high school graduates were accepted into four-year universities last spring! College Track not only get these high-risk students through high school and into universities, we also make sure they have funding for all four years of college. College Track also provides academic and emotional support to the students while they are in college!
Summit 54 has been involved in Rocky Mountain Prep charter schools in Denver since their inception in 2010 in South East Denver. Since then, the charter school network has expanded to offer two additional high performing schools South East Denver and Aurora. Rocky Mountain Prep is one of the highest-performing elementary schools in Denver. The network offers families in Denver and Aurora a tuition-free, college-prep option at its three public charter schools.
Funding For Summer Advantage
Summer Advantage scholars gained 1-2 months in reading skills and 3-4 months of math skills during the 2017 program, according to the STARS Assessment given at the beginning and end of the free five-week program
Funding for this incredibly effective program relies entirely on donations. Summit 54 was able to obtain recognition by the State of Colorado of the Summer Advantage RFV program as an “Approved Child Care Provider.” This designation allows donors to deduct an additional 50% of their total donation off the bottom line of their Colorado tax liability. The Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit is in addition to normal federal and state deductions for charitable gifts.
Please allocate your tax dollars to help at-risk children in the Roaring Fork Valley.
Another important side benefit of Summer Advantage is that our recruitment of “mission driven teachers” throughout Colorado helps the Roaring Fork Schools recruit new talent and it provides leadership opportunities for District personnel. Summer Advantage also provides professional development for teachers, as well as parent engagement, thus strengthen the school district on a year-round basis.