Who We Serve

Summit Achievement serves adolescents aged 13 to 20 from around the world. Typically our students may be experiencing difficulty within their family, school, and/or personal lives.  What follows is a list of criteria that we look at in the admissions process.  However, this list is meant to be a guide.  We are always willing to consider any adolescent on a case-by-case basis.  Please feel free to reach out to our admissions office to discuss your particular case further.  To connect with our admissions department click here.

The typical student may be struggling with one or more of the following:

  • Academic underachievement/failure
  • Adoption issues
  • Anxiety
  • ADHD
  • Computer/social media misuse/abuse
  • Defiant toward authority
  • Depression
  • Difficulty grieving the loss of a close friend or family member
  • Drug or alcohol experimentation or abuse
  • Executive functioning issues
  • Impulsive
  • Low self-esteem
  • Lacks motivation
  • Mild Asperger’s/high functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder and non-verbal learning disorders
  • Poor decision making
  • Poor social skills
  • Refuses or avoids responsibility for behavior
  • Susceptible to negative peer pressure
  • School-refusal/truancy

Cautiously Considered:

  • FSIQ below 90
  • Physical aggression only in the home
  • Prodromal psychiatric disorders
  • Significant history of self-harm, suicidal ideation, eating disorder, or learning issues
  • Some aggressive behavior (not indicative of a long-standing pattern)

Exclusionary Criteria:  

  • Active psychotic disorders, including schizophrenia, current severe depression, or mania
  • Active suicidal ideation
  • Dissociative disorder or panic disorder (poorly controlled)
  • Eating disorders not in remission
  • Medical conditions or disorders which are difficult to manage in the field
  • Physical conditions that substantially restrict program participation
  • Refusal to enroll and comply with programming
  • Sexual predatory behavior or victimization of others
  • Significant involvement with the legal system
  • Significant history of assaultive conduct or bullying behavior
  • Student is not a good fit for Summit’s current population (determined by Clinical Team)
  • Substance dependence with the likelihood for development of acute withdrawal symptoms
  • Significant history of running away