Brad Masterson, Principal
Summit West Independent School has its roots embedded in the individualized self-directed learning program, which has evolved since the programs inception in the 1980’s based on the teachings of Don and Anne Green. We operate along with the assistance of dedicated students and parents to bring Summit West Independent School to parents who choose this style of learning for their children, fostering leadership, independence, and a respect for self and community.
The SWIS program encourages students to become motivated and independent learners through the provision of a wide range of learning choices for students to demonstrate their understandings. We consistently encourage students to become lifelong learners who value themselves, others and learning. Our leadership team and staff promote social responsibility, resilience, perseverance, and independence to capably prepare our students for an ever changing world on the basis of appropriate values, ethical foundations and caring for the school community. As stated in our mission, we offer an individualized self-directed learning approach for tomorrow’s leaders that nurtures lifelong learning, engaged thinkers, and ethical citizens within a spirit of entrepreneurialism.
SWIS attracts a community of learners who are interested in becoming self-directed learners that can make their own choices in the way they learn. Students are given the tools in order to enhance their research skills and time management to prepare them for success in post secondary endeavours, and the workforce. They are able to create their own schedules and determine how they will complete their objectives based on their individual learning styles, their age appropriate abilities, as well as their personal benchmark set in collaboration by the student, parents, and their teacher.
At SWIS, we truly embrace and recognize the unique abilities of each of our students and we consistently work to meet the needs of each of them, no matter where they are or how they learn, inspiring them to approach life and learning as a gift, and as a journey.