Innovation & Technology Initiative

Summit Christian Academy > Innovation & Technology Initiative

Summit seeks to develop in students an innovation mindset whereby they use creativity, collaboration and critical thinking to problem solve. In addition, state-of-the-art tools are used to explore concepts across curriculums and within art, computer science, and engineering courses taught by highly trained faculty. 



Technology and innovation are integrated into PreK-5th grade classes while studying core subjects. In addition, a technology special is attended by Kindergarten – 5th grade students.


Sixth grade students take a technology elective. Beginning in 7th grade students, enter the formal computer science track. Computer science classes include:

  • Computer Science Discoveries

Students survey technologies and are introduced to programming, robotics, and computer science in art and design of websites and interactive animation. Taken over the seventh and eighth grade years, students earn one credit of high school computer science.

  • Computer Science 1 & 2

Students develop proficiencies in programming language, algorithms, and design processes working individually and in teams and utilizing tools such as 3D printers, laser cutters, robotic parts and the media lab.

  • AP Computer Science

JAVA programming language is taught to prepare students for the AP Computer Science A exam and equip them to design, write and test computer programs that solve problems and accomplish tasks.


Summit’s computer science faculty includes Innovation Director and high school computer science instructor Paul Austin – Ret. Chief Architect from National Instruments and SW engineer for LEGO Mindstorms. Monique Keeley teaches the elementary technology special as well 6th grade Technology and 7th grade Computer Science Discoveries courses.  

Computer Science Subjects & Tools


Raspberry Pi




Mobile App Building



Software Development

3D Printers

Laser Cutters

Media Lab


We use technology to prepare students for an ever-changing world.

We lead students with a transdisciplinary approach so they can make meaningful connections.

Through group exercises our students experience and develop social-emotional learning, tolerance and interpersonal communication skills.

Hands on activities allow students to be more engaged and stimulate a deeper level of learning.

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