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Welcome to Summit Academy

Summit Academy is an approved Massachusetts (DESE) public special education day school of the Amherst/Pelham Regional School District. Summit Academy provides students in grades 8 to 12 with comprehensive educational services in a therapeutic setting. Many of Summit Academy’s students have experienced academic, social-emotional, or behavioral challenges in a larger public school environment and are provided system-wide positive behavioral support practices (PBIS) and therapeutic support to grow socially, emotionally and academically.

In 2017, the school community of Summit Academy chose the name for the school which was derived from the school’s original location at the base of Mt. Norwottuck, one of the many peaks found along the Mt. Holyoke Range in the Amherst area.

Summit Academy’s school motto is “Explore Your Path to Success.” Each student has a learning style of their own, and therefore, our school offers each and every student an individualized education plan, based on their academic challenges and strengths. The staff at Summit Academy believe that all students want to be, and can be successful. They are committed to cultivating and maintaining a culturally responsive school environment where students can learn and embrace education with a growth mindset, and where every student can explore their path to success and reach the summit!

Policy AC: Commitment to Nondiscrimination and Educational Equity

The Amherst-Pelham Regional District, the Amherst Public Schools, and the Pelham Elementary School do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, economic status, homelessness, political party, or disability in admission to, access to, employment in, or treatment by its programs and activities.

Principal: David Slovin

Weather Cancellation Line: (413) 362-1898

Absence Line: (413) 362-1729

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Name and Gender Identity Change Form

If a student’s chosen name, pronouns, and/or gender identity have changed since they were initially registered in the District, please complete this form so we can update the information in our student database. Please note that legal name changes cannot be processed using this form. Click on this box to complete the form.

Our Interim Superintendent Dr. Douglas Slaughter

Doug Slaughter has worked in the Amherst, Pelham and the Amherst-Pelham Regional School districts since 2007, first as Assistant Director and Data Analyst for the Information Systems department. In 2020, Dr. Slaughter was appointed as Director of Finance for the three districts. He began serving the Districts as Interim Superintendent in September 2023.

Dr. Slaughter holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Missouri and a doctoral degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Massachusetts. He holds multiple licenses from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, including Superintendent/Assistant Superintendent and School Business Administrator.

Dr. Slaughter lives in Amherst with his family.

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Amherst-Pelham Summit Academy

Welcome to Summit Academy A Social Distancing Message from Your Principal Summit Academy is an approved Massachusetts (DESE) public special education day school of the Amherst/Pelham Regional School District. Summit Academy provides students in grades 8 to 12 with...

About Summit Academy

Summit Academy is an approved Massachusetts (DESE) public special education day school of the Amherst/Pelham Regional School District. Summit Academy provides students in grades 8 to 12 with comprehensive educational services in a therapeutic setting. Many of Summit...

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Principal: David Slovin1001 South East StreetAmherst, MA 01002(413) 362-1728South East Campus Secretary: June Carpenter(413) 362-1729