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The charter school based in Eagle Creek teaches students across Oregon and several learning options

A new academic year is in full swing at Summit Learning Charter.

The school, which serves students across the state, resumed classes earlier this month. Summit offers a variety of learning options, including home-based and virtual, along with tutoring and extracurricular activities several days in Eagle Creek and Tigard.

At the school's Eagle Creek campus, the Estacada News recently interviewed fifth grader Katie Twist, eighth grader Conner Hawkins and 11th grader Braeden Culver about the start of the school year and what they're looking forward to in the upcoming months.

Braeden Culver

ESTACADA NEWS: How have the first few weeks of school been?

BRAEDEN CULVER: Really fun. It's all gone by pretty quickly.ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Braeden Culver is in the 11th grade at Summit Learning Charter.

EN: What are you looking forward to most about this school year?

BC: Being challenged and being able to grow.

EN: What's your favorite class?

BC: Leadership. It's always been leadership.

EN: What's the best part about leadership class?

BC: Being able to work with people and help out. I've always found joy in working with people and helping them.

EN: What do you like most about being a student at Summit Learning Charter?

BC: The flexibility. Being able to be flexible, I can work on the farm and help my mom and dad.

Katie Twist

ESTACADA NEWS: How have the first few weeks of school been?

KATIE TWIST: Fun. I've had a few new friends.

EN: What are you looking forward to most about this school year?

KT: Hanging out with friends again.ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Katie Twist is in the fifth grade at Summit Learning Charter.

EN: What's your favorite class?

KT: Definitely art. We had paper and made a quilt on the wall. We got to cut out things and put in on the wall as a design.

EN: What do you like most about being a student at Summit Learning Charter?

KT: I really like the whole aspect of how the school works, and that it's a home school.

Conner Hawkins

ESTACADA NEWS: What was the best part of your summer vacation?

CONNOR HAWKINS: We did a lot of things. We went camping. That was exciting. I've got to say, my favorite part was being able to sleep in at least till

1 p.m.

EN: What's it like being in eighth grade?

CH: It's kind of scary. I've heard a lot of things from high school. This is a great school, but I want to get the experience of public school. I've decided to go to public school to build more social skills. I want to be a comedian or an actor, and building my social skills would be good for that.

EN: What are you looking forward to most about this school year? ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Conner Hawkins is in the eighth grade at Summit Learning Charter.

CH: There are a lot of good parts about this school. The people here, the students and teachers, they're super nice. They don't get mad if you make a simple mistake. Coming on Tuesdays and Thursdays is optional, but I come here because I love it.

EN: What's something you would want people to know about Summit Learning Charter?

CH: It's a very nice environment. Everyone helps each other.

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