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General Info/ FAQs


What is the Summit Schools’ total enrollment?
Total enrollment for the 2018-2019 school year was 4,111 students.
What was total enrollment for the past 5 years? 

How many of Summit’s students qualify for free and reduced price lunch?
There were 520 students or 12.9% of Summit’s students who qualified in the 2018-2019 school year for the federally funded free and reduced price lunch, an indicator of the disparate socioeconomic status of students in Summit.    


Class Size

What is Summit’s guideline regarding class size?
Summit’s guideline recommends a maximum of 22 students in grades K-2 and a maximum of 24 students in grades 3-12.
Summit’s student-to-teacher ratio was 11.1 for the 2017-2018 school year.  



What is the trend in Summit’s student achievement on SAT scores?

How do Summit's schools compare with neighboring districts in SAT achievement? 

Below are the updated Mean SAT comparisons with other districts for the 2017-2018 school year:

How do Summit's schools compare with neighboring districts in ACT achievement? 

Below are the updated Mean ACT comparisons with other districts for the 2017-2018 school year:

What is the trend in the Summit student achievement on AP tests?

  • A variety of courses are offered in both college preparatory and non-college preparatory subjects. Enrollment in Advanced Placement and Honors courses is by application and faculty recommendation. 
  • Summit High School offers 25 AP courses and 17 Honors courses in English, Math, World Language, Science, and History (see Course Offerings). 
  • Six-year World Language Programs (beginning in 6th grade) are offered in Latin, Spanish, and French. 
  • Over 80% of students carry five academic subjects and over 60% are enrolled in AP/Honors courses.

What are Summit’s higher education rates?

  • The percentage of graduates from the Class of 2018 continuing their education is 91.5%. 
  • Attending four-year college/university: 81.7%
  • Vocational/Technical School: 1.0%
  • Attending two-year college: 9.8%
  • Military, Employment, Gap Year, Other: 7.5%

Extracurricular Activities

  • Summit High School offers over 40 extracurricular activities, including award-winning performing arts department (Outstanding Overall Musical, Mary Poppins, 2016) and Forensics Team.  
  • Over 80 percent of students participate in performing arts education.  
  • SHS offers 30 varsity sports, many of which won conference, county, sectional or group championships in 2016-2017.  

SHS Rankings

Each year, in the later summer, national and local high school rankings are published by a variety of sources. While, SHS looks at success factors such as SAT scores, AP test scores and college acceptances, rankings such as NJ Monthly, Niche and Newsweek use different criteria and methodology. 

  • 12th in NJ (New Jersey Monthly, 2017) for Best School Districts
  • 4th (Niche, 2018) Best Public High Schools in Union County
  • 24th (Newsweek, 2018) New Jersey High Schools 


What is Summit’s pre-school program?
The Summit Public Schools provides program options for students classified as pre-school disabled. Students may be placed in a pre-school disabled class, which can accommodate 12 classified students, or an integrated pre-school program, which is a regular education program that includes non-disabled and classified students. The non-disabled students are chosen by a lottery system.
What is Summit’s Kindergarten program?
The Summit Public Schools provides a full-day kindergarten program at the Jefferson and Wilson Primary Centers.  This program is available at no charge to all district residents.   Children in full day kindergarten enjoy a continuous education model that further individualizes their learning experience.  The students benefit from extended time to explore concepts and ideas, enrich activities and deepen learning. In addition to all the half-day components, the full-day program provides:

  • Exploratory play, bringing curriculum to life and enhancing fine and gross motor development
  • Learning Center time, focusing on social and academic skills 
  • Extended time to support the development of social skills through play and interaction with peers
  • Time to strengthen interpersonal and problem-solving skills
  • Additional time to engage in the application of new knowledge through authentic experiences facilitated by early childhood educators
  • Fine arts
  • Spanish
  • Lunch, recess and rest time