2003年創辦第一所學校(Summit Public Schools)，新穎的教學方式獲得矚目和認可。其校99%的學生畢業後都得以進入大學，且結業比率是一般學生的兩倍！
和傳統的教育方針截然不同，Summit Public Schools並非以競爭來推促學生學習、亦不執著於排名或考試分數。
An educator and mother, Diane Tavenner founded the first Summit school in 2003. Summit Public Schools has won national recognition because ninety-nine percent of Summit students get into a four-year college, and Summit students finish college at twice the national average. But in a radical departure from the environments created by the college admissions arms race, Summit students aren't focused on competing with their classmates for rankings or test scores. Instead, they spend their days solving real-world problems and developing the skills of self-direction, collaboration, and reflection, all of which prepare them to succeed in college, thrive in today's workplace, and lead a secure and fulfilled life.
Today, thousands of educators, tens of thousands of students, and hundreds of schools across thirty-eight states and the District of Columbia have embraced the Summit model.
Through the personal stroies and the hard-earned lessons of Summit's exceptional team of educators and diverse students, Diane shares the underlying learning philosophies and unconventional wisdom that lead to all children being prepared for school and life.