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Laid-back and educated

Summit Daily News

In a county where people with master’sdegrees are almost as likely to work ina grocery store as they are in a professionaloffice, Summit offers plenty ofeducational resources.Ski bums don’t have to trade ina college education for fresh tracks;Colorado Mountain College, a two-yearcollege, provides quality education andlow tuition.Summit School District includes sixsmall neighborhood elementary schools,one middle school and one high school.The district served 3,089 students lastyear and has 427 employees. The gendersplit of students is about equal (unlikethe young adult population here). Summitstudents perform well above statelevels in reading, writing, math andscience as measured by CSAP tests. Thedistrict’s graduation rate was 84 percentfor 2008. The high school offers alternativeprograms for students who strugglewith traditional school settings.Small neighborhood elementaryschools have an average student toclassroom teacher ratio of about 17:1.Summit Middle School features afull-school International BaccalaureateMiddle Years Program with honorscourses available in core academic areas.The middle school recently underwenta $24.5 million renovation.Summit High School offers a fullselection of academic courses, includingopportunities for students to earncollege credit at Colorado MountainCollege, AP honors classes, and an IBDiploma Program (IBDP) for grades 11and 12. Summit High School providesaccess to almost 40 clubs, activities andathletic opportunities. The high schoolhas won state championship women’sand men’s Nordic and Alpine Ski Teamsand state champion Speech and DebateTeam members as well as state qualifiersin many sports. A recent addition atSummit High School houses career andtechnical education opportunities,such as a medical prep program, a newvideo production studio and a culinaryarts program.

CMC offers certificates ortwo-year degrees – you know, theregular stuff: associate degrees inarts, sciences and general studies.Plus it provides education in art,business, information technology,construction/trades, culinary arts,environmental studies, graphicdesign and photography, law enforcementand emergency services,nursing, outdoor studies, ski andresort management (how cool isthat), teaching and more.Plenty of people just pick up aclass for fun – check out the catalogueto bone up on your Spanish,see what develops with a camera,or learn about real estate.CMC’s Center for LifelongLearning is all about exploring,expanding and experiencing.Maybe belly dancing allures you.Or learn how to rock climb, writecreatively, practice tai chi, act orgo on wildflower hikes.

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