Dream Project

April 25, 2019

New School Partner: Summit Sierra High School

summit sierra hs

The UW Dream Project is welcoming a brand new partner school for our mentoring program. Beginning Spring 2019, mentors enrolled in EDUC 260, 360 & 361 began working with high school Juniors at Summit Sierra High School. Dream Project mentors are supporting school staff with college readiness curriculum. Summit Sierra is located in the Chinatown – International District of Seattle.

About the school:

Summit Sierra is Seattle’s first public charter high school, meaning they are a publicly funded school open to any student and have some flexibility with school design and curriculum.  Summit Sierra has a goal that one hundred percent of graduates are accepted into a four-year college or university and that they become thoughtful and contributing members of society. In terms of demographics, over 70% of our students identify as people of color (~40% African American, ~15% Asian, ~15% Latinx), about half of the students qualify for free or reduced lunch, and about 12% of students receive Special Education services.  Summit Sierra students come from all over the Greater Seattle area because they have no neighborhood boundaries or zones; this means students come from as far as Everett all the way down to Puyallup. Most students live in South Seattle neighborhoods like Beacon Hill or Rainier Valley.

Dustin Ducuan, current teacher and point of contact at Summit Sierra, is a former Dream Project mentee and student leader. That makes him the 3rd former student leader that is a current school point of contact with our program joining Nicole Colopy at Todd Beamer and Mauricio Majano at Highline High School.

UW Dream Project is excited to support the efforts of Summit Sierra staff and students!