The Summit Academy

Academy Schools in Pittsburgh, PA

Family Guide

What does he need to take with him?

Your son does not need to take anything with him from home. He is given a button-down dress shirt, a blue blazer, khaki pants, a tie, and loafers for the fall, winter and spring. In the summer, he will be provided with a golf shirt, khaki shorts and sneakers. He will also have gym shorts, sweatpants, t-shirts and sweatshirts. All uniforms for sports are provided.

Your son also does not need any money. We provide everything for him: clothes, meals, books, field trips, etc.

Does he keep going to school when he is at Summit?

The Summit Academy is a private high school for young men between the ages of 14-18. While at Summit, your son will participate in a regular school day of classes, year round, where he can earn credits that will transfer to his home school.

Is he going to be able to graduate now?

If he has enough credits from his high school at home and from his classes at The Summit Academy, he will graduate and receive his high school diploma. This will also make him eligible for a $2,000 scholarship to the college or post-secondary program of his choice.

He was thinking about going to college. How does he apply while he is away?

If your son is interested in going to college, he can take SAT preparatory classes and take the SAT exam while with us. Our teachers and counselors are here to help your son explore colleges and apply to them and seek financial aid.

He can also take college-level classes while he is at The Summit Academy through our partnership with the local community college. Our College Within a High School program has been very successful in giving our young men a head start on their college career.

If a high school diploma isn't right for my son, is the GED (General Equivalency Diploma) an option at The Summit Academy?

Your son may enroll in our GED program. GED preparatory classes are offered on campus at Summit and your son can take the exam when he is properly prepared. Students can take the exam as many times as required to successfully earn a GED.

What if I don't have enough money to pay for all of these tests and fees?

SAT Prep classes and the SAT exams, GED prep classes and the GED, college application fees and community college classes are fully paid for by Summit Academy.

Can my son play sports at Summit Academy?

The Summit Academy Knights are a member of the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) and compete against other high schools in the area. Your son is encouraged to join any one of our sports teams, which include football, basketball, baseball, wrestling, golf, track and field, and volleyball.

If my son is not interested in athletics, what other opportunities or activities can he get involved in?

Not into sports? Maybe your son would like to join our award-winning Pep Club. Our Pep Club, which includes flag bearers, drum line, and a core group of student cheerleaders, travels with our teams to away events and supports them at home games.

Your son can also participate in intramural sports, attend off-campus arts and theater performances or join the advisory committee.

How can he get real life experience while he is at The Summit Academy?

Each student at The Summit Academy completes a life skills assessment. This is a test that covers different life skills areas like: Career Planning, Communication, Daily Living, Home Life, Housing, Money Management, Self Care, Social Relationships, Work Life, Work & Student Skills.

After taking the test, we will be able to tell what areas your son needs to work on and certain teachers will help him to develop his skills in those areas. For example, we can teach him how to balance a check-book or apply for a job.

What about career training? He'll need a job when he gets back home.

Our evening Industrial Trades program provides hands-on instruction in a wide range of courses like: Automotive Repair, Graphic Design, Food Service, Screen Printing, MOS (Microsoft Office Suite), Structural Repair, Carpentry, Custodial Maintenance and Landscaping.

What will he eat while he is at Summit?

A certified chef plans and prepares our three full meals per day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Your son will also get an evening snack daily. Each day, a choice of meat or fish is offered, along with a fully stocked soup and salad bar. We promote healthy eating and our nutritious and delicious meals are provided in unlimited quantities to all students, free of charge every day.

Where will he sleep?

Your son will be provided with a dorm room which includes a bed, desk and clothes dresser — the same as you would find in any college or university dorm room.

He's had a problem with drugs and alcohol. Can you help him?

Yes, we absolutely can help your son address his drug and alcohol use and addiction. In fact, The Summit Academy’s Drug and Alcohol Counseling program has been rated as one of the best in the state. Our certified counselors will work with him daily in this special program to get him back on the right path. Of course, there is no access to drugs or alcohol while he is at The Summit Academy.

What else will he be doing while he is with you?

We do our best to make your son’s enrollment at The Summit Academy positive. We show movies in our auditorium, have a swimming pool for use in the summer months and an arcade room for fun. Students also participate in field tips including baseball games, college basketball games, musicals, the symphony, museums and the Science Center.

Can he do his community service with you?

Often, our students have the opportunity to complete their community service requirements and pay off restitution while they are with us. Opportunities include on and off-campus community service projects and school work programs.

Who is going to be working with my son?

By day, we have a full staff of certified teachers and tutors who will help your son with his school work and academic objectives. In the evening, our staff of counselors will work with your son in group or one-to-one sessions on issues such as anger management and independent living skills. In addition, our night-time counselors work throughout the night hours to provide supervision and assistance to students. These teachers and counselors have dedicated their lives to helping young people build brighter futures.

Where is this school?

The Summit Academy is located in Butler, Pennsylvania which is a little over 30 minutes from the City of Pittsburgh. Our school sits on a large area of property, so it is very much like a college campus with dormitories, a main school building, football and baseball field, a gymnasium, a pond and a swimming pool.

How do I get a hold of him while he is away?

Your son can write and receive letters. Mail is distributed once per week, but no packages of any kind are permitted. He will also be given the opportunity to call home weekly. These calls can only be made to the parent or guardian as indicated by the court.

In an emergency situation, you can call the school’s toll free number (800-454-9385) and request to speak to your son’s Counselor or District Supervisor. Students are not permitted to receive phone calls.

How can I visit my son?

You may visit your son every other Saturday or Sunday (he may not receive a visit two weekends in a row). Only three visitors, over the age of 21, are permitted per visit. All visitors must present photo identification in order to visit.

To set up a visit, call our visitation voicemail at extension 2400 before 10:30 p.m. on the Thursday before the visit and give your name, your son’s name, your phone number and the day you wish to visit. Our secretaries are also happy to help.

Will my son be able to come home for visits or holidays during his stay at Summit?

Your son can earn a weekend or holiday Home Pass. The home pass is planned with the approval of his Probation Officer and District Supervisor. We will provide his transportation and he will be required to maintain regular telephone contact with Summit Academy while he is home. You will discuss all other requirements for the successful home pass with his Counselor before he arrives home.