SUMMIT Learning

6th Grade Core Courses (English, Math, Science, Social Studies)

All of our Core Courses in the 6th Grade are utilizing Summit Learning in order to develop our students into self-directed learners who can succeed with the demands of a rigorous, standards-based education.

In this tutorial, our students explain how to navigate the Summit platform:


  • Schedule: Students have Project Time for all of their core courses. It is the majority of their week and time in school.
  • Project Time: Students work on projects that mimic the work of people in the workplace or field of the discipline.
  • Cognitive Skills: Through project-based learning experiences, students develop deeper learning skills, or cognitive skills, such as critical thinking, communication, problem-solving and collaboration.
  • Grading: Projects make up 70% of a course's grade and are graded based on a student’s cognitive skills.
    • Students must complete every project to pass a class
    • Only the best grade for each cognitive skill in a course’s projects will be counted towards the grade


  • Schedule: Students are engaged in Self-Directed Learning (SDL) on Monday and Friday in their core courses.
  • SDL: During Self-Directed Learning (SDL), we focus on mastering the content knowledge to apply in projects. The teacher provides workshops, small group coaching, and one-on-one check-ins with students about their academic progress.
  • Focus Areas: Content knowledge is the facts and information that students learn about a particular topic. We call them Focus Areas. Each Focus Area has an associated playlist with learning resources.
    • Projects have both Power and Additional Focus Areas
  • Grading: Students pass a Focus Area by passing Content Assessments (tests) to reflect the mastery of content.
    • Students must receive an 80% on a Content Assessment to pass it
    • Students must pass all content assessments in the Power Focus Areas to pass a class
    • Content Assessments (CAs) make up 30% of a student's grade with 21% made up of Power Focus Areas and 9% made up of Additional Focus Areas


Your student can receive the following letter grades in a course:

  • A+ to C-
  • “N/A” - There is no project graded yet.
  • “I” - Incomplete. If a student is not on pace to accomplish the following 3 goals, then they will have an Incomplete:
      • Submit 100% of their projects
      • Achieve, on average, grade level performance on cognitive skills
      • Pass 100% of his/her Power Focus Areas

Letter Grading Bands:

A+: 97-100

A: 93-96

A-: 90-92

B+: 87-89

B: 83-86

B-: 80-82

C+: 77-79

C: 73-76

C-: 70-72


  • Focus Areas make up 30% of a student's grade.
  • This is split between Power Focus Areas (worth 21%) Additional Focus Areas (worth 9%).
  • Students must answer 8 out of 10 questions (receive an 80%) on a Content Assessment (CA) to pass.
  • If a student passes a CA, he/she receives full credit for that Focus Area.
  • Students must pass all CAs in the Power Focus Areas to pass a class.

Students do not need to pass Additional Focus Areas to pass a class, but the highest grade they could earn is 91% without passing any Additional Focus Areas


  • The cognitive skills rubric was developed in consultation with assessment experts at Stanford
  • Cognitive skill scores range from C– to A+ and the band varies by grade level
  • We push students to grow and expect a higher level of performance from students in higher grade levels, but anyone can use the rubric to do work at a higher grade level
  • If a student does not complete a project or the cognitive skill average for a course is below 70%, then the student will have an Incomplete
Supporting Cog Skill Development
Academic Check-ins at Home.pdf