Where can I learn more about focus areas?

As a parent/guardian, you may be interested in exploring the different parts of the Summit Learning Platform your child works with daily.

Focus areas are the concepts and content knowledge that students need to master in order to have a base level understanding of a given subject area. Students work through focus areas to build background content knowledge and check their understanding through content assessments. Each content assessment has exactly 10 questions, and for non-AP courses, students must answer 8/10 assessment questions correctly to master the focus area. For AP courses, students must answer 7/10 assessment questions correctly to master the focus area. Students can retake an assessment as many times as necessary, but the questions will not always be the same.

There are 3 types of focus areas: power focus areas (required), additional focus areas (supplementary) and challenge focus areas (not required, above and beyond). Each type of focus area contributes differently to a student’s grade.

You can always see more information about a focus area by clicking on the focus area from the Week, Year, or Progress sections. Each focus area page provides the following information:

  • Description: Includes the objectives that students will meet and key terms they should know
  • Objectives: Help set the pace for a focus area and provide a picture of what students will be able to do once the focus area has been completed
  • Diagnostic Assessments: Allow students to gauge their mastery of a focus area by answering practice questions (not graded)
  • Content Assessments: Allow students to demonstrate their mastery of the focus area by answering a set of 10 questions (graded)
  • Feedback on Finished Assessments: Allows students to review their overall scores, as well as scores for each objective
  • Playlists: Allow students to build background knowledge with resources organized by learning objectives


A playlist is a compilation of carefully curated and diverse learning resources that students use to build background knowledge. Teachers have curated the best of their own curriculum, as well as academic, research, and news publications to help students learn a topic. Materials are provided in different formats (ex: text, video, audio) to meet the needs of students’ diverse learning styles.

The playlist is organized by objective, and each objective has a Check for Understanding. The Check for Understanding presents a series of questions, as well as answers to those questions. This allows the student to try to answer the questions and check whether they understand the topic and have met the objective.

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