Award Year: 2018

Summit Middle School

9500 Windsor Parkway
Johnston, IA, 50131-0000

(515) 986-0318

Mr. Christopher O. Billings, Principal at time of Nomination

Johnston Community School District

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Mission

Summit Middle School is a safe place where students, families, staff, and the community will partner to nurture students socially, emotionally, and academically.

Student Demographics
  • Black/African American: 9%
  • White: 70%
  • Hispanic: 8%
  • Asian: 8%
  • Two or more races: 5%
  • ELL: 5%
  • Economically Disadvantaged: 20%
Application
Summit MS Students preparing for the new school year.

Summit MS Students preparing for the new school year.

Summit Middle School is located in Johnston, Iowa and serves 1100 sixth and seventh grade students in the Johnston Community School District. Johnston is a thriving community that has seen extraordinary growth and development over the past three decades. This rapid growth has brought unprecedented opportunities and challenges.

Summit was designed to meet the unique needs of middle school learners and as our building has experienced dramatic growth and change we have stayed true to the middle school philosophy. As a result, students in our building are divided into communities, teaching teams, and basecamps in an effort to fully provide for their social/emotional needs.

Summit is noted for implementing effective initiatives such as Multi-Tiered Systems of Support, Professional Learning Communities (PLCs), and Project-Based Learning. We are also in the third year of a 1:1 iPad initiative that is transforming the way staff and students communicate and learn in our building. These initiatives allow our staff and students to focus on high expectations and student well-being.

The success of these initiatives is largely due to a professional development model that embeds high-quality learning opportunities for teachers into the school day. Summit also uses an Instructional Leadership Team made up of administrators, instructional coaches, lead teachers, and model teachers to allow teachers to regularly take the lead role in planning and delivering professional development for their peers. Summit exemplifies the Johnston Community School District’s Vision: Creating a culture of excellence where students come first.