NixNews Reviews Summit Learning For Its Second Year

NixNews Reviews Summit Learning For Its Second Year

Lexi Day, Reporter

Farmington High School has a curriculum different from other high schools in the district. Summit–an online learning platform–is going through its second year here at Farmington High. Sophomores in the school are getting used to the new way of learning, while Juniors and Seniors in their second year here are more familiar with the program

Most students have at least five classes on Summit–the core classes. English, math, social studies, science, and MAPS are all classes that have a Summit curriculum. There are, on average, about three to four power focus areas in most of these classes per term. That adds up to about fifteen to twenty power focus areas per term, which is ten weeks. That’s a lot! And that’s not even counting the additional focus areas, or homework from projects.

With only ten weeks in every term, and no MAPS class on Tuesdays, there would be forty days when the school has a MAPS class. Right? Wrong. You have to count all the days when there’s no school, or something other than MAPS is going on. There were four days during first term when there wasn’t school. There wasn’t a MAPS class on the first day of school, and there were two assemblies that took the place of MAPS. Taking away all those days gives us only thirty-three days with MAPS class.

Next, you have to take into account how long the term actually is. School started on a Tuesday, and the term ends on a Thursday. So you have to take away two more MAPS days since there wasn’t a Monday or a Friday. That gives us a grand total of thirty-one MAPS classes Now, let’s say that each student has seventeen power focus areas, and two additional focus areas per term. And we’ll say that each class has two projects per term.

If you were absent two days from MAPS, you would only have twenty-nine classes to complete the nineteen focus areas. If you failed a content assessment four times, you would have twenty-five more classes to complete those focus areas. That’s enough time, but barely. And we’re not even counting time spent studying, or working on homework for the projects.

Summit classes take time and dedication. If you really work hard and do your best, you should be able to complete the courses on time. It will be difficult and, at times, frustrating, but it’s do-able. And remember, every other student is trying to finish on time, too.