Striving for Excellence.

Our Mission

Summit is a non-profit corporation serving economically disadvantaged inner-city Milwaukee students to support academic excellence and character development.

Programs complement the formal education system by "A. V.I.P" Strategy. Summit helps students develop Academic skills and character Virtues by means of Individual attention. Each student is matched with a trained volunteer in our after school tutoring and mentoring program. College students are team leaders in our 8-week summer program. We conduct monthly seminars and meetings focused on empowering Parents to fulfill their important role as the primary educators of their children. 

 

Demographics

  • Household incomes of students: less than half of the national average

  • Milwaukee high school graduation rates: 56% (Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction)

  • Academic proficiency levels: 20-30% below the Wisconsin state average proficiency levels in Math and Reading

 

Inspiration

Inspired by the social teachings of the Catholic Church which places primary importance on the dignity of every person, Summit Educational Association was founded in 1990 by a group of professionals concerned about the academic and character development of inner-city students. 

 
 
 
  Summit High School College Bound students visit Stanford University during a college visit trip.

Summit High School College Bound students visit Stanford University during a college visit trip.

 
 
 
 

the problem in Milwaukee

Far too many Milwaukee school students never graduate from high school;  the drop-out rate is reported to exceed 55 percent. This tragic  problem is not limited to our city. Indeed, more children drop out of our nation’s schools each day (over 4,000) than servicemen were lost at Pearl Harbor six decades ago.

We believe two causes contribute to this tragedy. One is the lack of close connections with caring adults who can motivate these children. The other is an absence of firm moral values that act as a guide in their daily lives.

Our solution

Summit was established in 1990 to provide One-On-One tutoring and mentoring program for Milwaukee’s inner city children.  Through tutoring, recreation, personal friendship, and a virtue based character program, Summit fosters relationships between dedicated mentors, parents, and their children in order to encourage intellectual, cultural, and moral growth. We are inspired by the social teachings of the Catholic Church which places primary importance on the dignity of each human being.

 
 
  A Summit student in Math class at the Summit Summer Olympics program.

A Summit student in Math class at the Summit Summer Olympics program.