Art is key to the development of 21st centuriy skills

Art in school

In so many ways art is critical in education. Every time I hear of another art program that is getting cut from a district’s or school’s curriculum to make room for more academic time, I cringe. It baffles my mind that people think art is something extra.


Reading List and Art Adventure: Constructing Identity

Exploring the intersection of art and lived experience, these books are by or about artists who are included in the Constructing Identity Exhibit from January 28 - June 18, 2017 at the Portland Art Museum, which features works by more than 80 African American artists.  These books are… Read More » »


Summa Academy, Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia

A Comparison Table: Summa Academy, Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilia

students love the earth

We give a lot of tours at Summa Academy. Parents are so curious to see how we manage to offer personalized learning, and project based learning/field learning, and have small class sizes ensuring that every… Read More » »


Our Culture of Giving

Dear Supporter,

We’re off to an amazing year at Summa Academy! The students are forming learning relationships, our community is growing even stronger, and we’ve welcomed several new families and educators. “It’s been thrilling to see how our educators are bringing their unique… Read More » »

Developing in the Field

Energized by curiosity, students creatively engage the natural world. As students engage, they persist despite challenges and obstacles and take visible delight in their accomplishments. I witness this each year as learning in the field offers students the opportunity to grow and improve… Read More » »

Joy in Education

This blog focuses on the Goal #4 of Summa Academy— An enriched— never diminished—ability to find joy and wonder in themselves, the world, and people around them.

How does joy arise?

When we are respected we know joy. When our gifts are appreciated we know joy. When there is… Read More » »


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