One of the key components of Summit Learning is that each student meets regularly with their dedicated mentor. These meetings allow the mentor to develop a deep understanding of the student's needs, be their advocate both inside and outside of the classroom, and provide a safe space where students can go for support. Mentors also work together with their mentees to establish both short- and long-term goals that can stretch far beyond graduation.
See how mentors build strong relationships with students and support them in and out of the classroom.

What is a Mentor Check-in?

Mentors meet with their mentees weekly to discuss their academic progress and connect on any personal successes or challenges the student is facing. By building a deep foundation of trust and connection, mentors ensure that honest conversations about struggles and successes can occur. During each meeting, students reflect on what worked — and what didn't — during the previous week, so that mentors can give them useful feedback and suggestions for refining an existing goal or setting a new one.

Common Themes in Mentor Check-Ins

  • Developing Deep Relationships

    Mentors get to know their students by talking about a student's strengths, growth areas, goals, and aspirations in a supportive and accepting way.

  • Accountability

    Mentors hold students accountable to set and achieve goals by checking in and supporting students through the Self-Directed Learning Cycle.

Beyond Check-Ins

  • Building Connections with Teachers

    Mentors connect with a student's other teachers to ensure everyone is aligned on the student's progress toward their goals.

  • Working with Families

    Mentors develop a deep connection with both their students and their students' families. This makes it easy to make sure everyone knows about a student's progress and overall school experience.