Nick Kim, Summit Learning: Empowering Students to Live the Lives They Want to Lead

The Path to Higher Ed is a SchooLinks hosted podcast community that explores trending topics and issues in the area of college and career readiness. Our featured guests are pushing education forward by constantly learning from, innovating and applying their college and career readiness practices. Listen to gain their insights and apply them to your own college and career readiness practices.



In this episode, we speak with Nicholas Kim, former Executive Director of Summit Tahoma. As part of working within heterogenous communities, Nicholas recognizes that family engagement is critical toward getting his students to college. In order to further the impact within Summit, a growth mindset is critical toward setting students up to be prepared for rigorous college-level work. The mentorship program within Summit’s college readiness program provides students with advocate mentors who support them in finding educational paths and careers that are aligned with what students are individually passionate about.





About Nicholas Kim


Nicholas Kim is a mentor with Summit Learning, where he helps school leaders implement the Summit Learning program across the United States.


Nicholas brings a rich background to Summit Learning. Most recently Nicholas was the Executive Director of San Jose’s Summit Tahoma public high school. As the Executive Director, Nicholas led students and faculty through the Summit Learning Program. Under Nicholas Kim’s management, Summit Tahoma’s graduating class achieved 100 percent acceptance into four year colleges. Before Nicholas led Tahoma, he taught History for six years, most recently at Summit Prep and Everest High School in Redwood City.


Nicholas has a Master’s in Education from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree in History and Education from the UCLA. Nicholas is passionate about education and sees academics as a way for students to achieve success with their future careers and life goals.



About Summit Public Schools


Since its founding, SPS has remained steadfast in its mission — to prepare a diverse student population for success in a four-year college or university, and to be thoughtful, contributing members of society.


SPS believes that every student is capable of college and career readiness. While some students will select career paths or community colleges, the process of preparing to attend a four-year college helps young people avoid the academic and skill deficit that results from placement in a non-college prep, high school diploma program.


Regardless of the life path Summit students ultimately choose, SPS offers access to high-performing public schools that pave the way for students to succeed in college, career and life.


SPS views its students as the future and believes in its responsibility to prepare them to be active, productive citizens.



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