Strategic Plan


Summit School of Ahwatukee was founded in January 2001 as a non‐profit, private, independent school. The founders of the school envisioned a school community where students would attain academic excellence while respecting individual achievement and diversity. Our school has flourished over the years and has gained a reputation for being a very strong private independent school supported by a highly‐involved parent community.

In 2010, Summit earned accreditation through North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI) and reaccreditation through the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Both of these accreditations were the culmination of comprehensive self‐study processes and reviewed by external teams, which led to accreditation reports containing commendations and recommendations for improvement. Following the accreditations, the Board of Trustees commissioned the formation of a strategic planning committee to develop a five‐year plan for the school.

The strategic planning process was built on the findings from the accreditation reports and is based on an inclusive approach consisting of faculty, staff, student, parent, and community collaborations. Within these discussions, key strategic priorities were identified and are considered to be critical to the vitality of our school.

We would like to thank all of the parents, students, and staff members who contributed their ideas and input. We also want to acknowledge the contributions of the following people who gave their time and energy in creating this plan:

Strategic Planning Committee

Bill Andrew, Faith Angelakis, Andrea Benkel, Donna Christensen, Lori Christianson, Kathy Covert, Amy Lecky, Pat O’Brien, Diana Paris, and Kathleen Perales.

Action Team Leaders

  • Teaching and Learning – Faith Angelakis, Marilyn Thompson
  • Facilities Planning – Andrea Benkel, Joanne Harris, Laura Bachrach
  • Technology – Jean Shapiro, Gail Soderquist
  • Financial Sustainability and Enrollment Management – Deb Hamberlin, Kathy Covert

Download the complete Strategic Plan in PDF format here.


The mission of Summit School of Ahwatukee is to foster academic excellence and the love of learning through a liberal arts education. Our community nurtures the knowledge, skills, and values essential to a responsible and rewarding life.


Summit School of Ahwatukee is a private school, celebrating its 15th year of inspiring and educating tomorrow’s leaders. The Phoenix Preschool is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Elementary and Middle School are Nationally Accredited by the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), a division of AdvancED®. Approximately 350 students from Chandler, Tempe, Ocotillo, Gilbert and Ahwatukee join us each year.

Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees acts as an advisory board and has been entrusted with the long-term health, stability, and viability of Summit School of Ahwatukee.

The Board receives no compensation and is composed of dedicated parents, founders, the head of school, a teacher representative, and the BEST board president. The Board of Trustees is responsible for establishment of policy, the appointment of the head of school, and the preservation of the school’s mission, finances, facilities, and programs.

Members work in concert to make decisions in the best interests of the school through the following standing and Adhoc committees: Executive, Compensation & Review, Financial Assistance, Strategic Planning, Finance, Tuition, Nominating, Development, and Communication.


Our faculty embody the character, experience, passion for teaching, and overall excellence that makes Summit School of Ahwatukee one of the premier private schools in Arizona.

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Summit School of Ahwatukee is nestled in the Ahwatukee Foothills in Phoenix.

Phone: (480) 403-9500
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4515 East Muirwood Drive
Phoenix, AZ 85048

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