Summit Prep plans move to Broadway campus

The industrial-style campus at 890 Broadway will house a charter school this fall, but it won’t be High Tech High Bayshore.

Summit Preparatory High School is currently in contract talks with the Sequoia High School District to move into the 30,000-square-foot building, built for High Tech High Bayshore two years ago, in August.

Sequoia bought the building for $8.6 million last February after San Diego-based High Tech High announced it was closing the underenrolled charter school in June.

Summit Director Diane Tavenner says she’s happy the school will have a permanent home.

“[The building] was designed for a small school [like us], with good indoor common spaces we don’t currently have,” Tavenner said. “But there’s no outdoor space to speak of, and we’re trying to work through the lack of public transit.”

She said she hopes to find a way for students to use the Mid Point Caltrain Shuttle, launched by Redwood City this spring.

Summit has had a number of homes since 2006. Last year, when Summit’s 400-student population outgrew its home at 201 Marshall St., the district spent $780,000 for 17 portable units to house Summit at the Sequoia High School campus — along with $47,000 to lease two portables for administration and library services, district finance director Ed LaVigne said.

That arrangement was intended as temporary, and last December the district bought the Redwood Baptist Church site at 414 Fourth Ave.

“We know we’re going to move our adult school to the Baptist Church site,” district Superintendent Patrick Gemma said.

Renovations of the church site have not yet been planned, and some adult-school activities will move to Summit’s portables this fall while the property is prepared, Gemma said.

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