Alumni Share their Success

Summit teachers give far more than a world class education; they give their heart, and students notice. 

Alumni share their experiences 

Former Summit Student Kyle Corrette is a National Merit Semifinalist and teen winner of the “Future Engineers 3-D Printing Star TrekReplicator Challenge, selected by a panel of judges from NASA, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation and Made In Space, Inc.”

“One of Summit’s strengths is the ability to bring out the best within its students; kids can develop their logic skills in Mrs. Yocum’s science classes, while also cultivating their creativity as part of Chris Dorsey’s band. The school environment is geared towards building a stronger all-around person, so that no matter what discipline a student chooses to pursue, they have the ability to utilize more than one intellectual strength in their endeavors – something which I would say is absolutely necessary to be successful. The faculty also highlights each student’s individual talents, aiding their self-confidence and personal growth. In the last few weeks, I’ve had the pleasure to meet and converse with astronauts, NASA engineers, leaders of nationwide STEM organizations, highly accomplished people within the media, and the CEO of Makerbot, one of today’s most prominent tech companies. If Summit hadn’t helped me to gain the self-assurance needed to be a competitor within this challenge, I would never have had these amazing experiences. In the future, I plan to continue to progress within the engineering field, and be a part of meaningful projects within the technological world. Everyone has to start somewhere- Summit was an excellent place to begin.”  Kyle attended Summit from Kindergarten through 7th grade

“Summit prepared me so well for high school and beyond. I learned valuable people skills, and a strong academic background has allowed me to take upper level classes in high school, and earn college credit before I even graduate high school. I was able to test out of lower level Spanish, Math, and Science classes, and get into the honors and AP program. I also gained the ability to talk to teachers when I need help, which has helped me so much. I am currently a junior at Desert Vista High School, and I am so thankful for my teachers at Summit who taught me these skills and more!”
Osaso, class of  2013

“Summit has been a wonderful place to learn and grow as a student and as a person. I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to study here this last decade. The teachers are all so understanding and really care about you, your ideas, and your life. The education was phenomenal and very hands-on. I think Summit is as close as you can get to a flawless education.” Gwyneth, class of 2012

“I can honestly say that I do not think I would be where I am today without the nine years I spent at Summit. I learned how to read, write, and comprehend at a level that prepared me for high school English courses, I received a strong basic  understanding of the core sciences that helped me through my high school science classes, I got a solid background in Spanish, and I was able to place out of freshman math courses upon entering high school. The teachers at Summit were always willing to offer help in any way they could and made the classroom environment collaborative and fun. I am a recent graduate of Xavier College Preparatory and now a freshman at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, and I could not be happier.” Kelly, class of 2011

“Summit sent me off into the world with a great sense of myself, a passion for learning, and not to mention best friends that have withstood years of different schools.  I am currently at USC, majoring in Public Relations.” Kendall, class of 2012  From her mother…”Thanks to Summit, Kendall was well prepared for the rigors of  Lawrenceville and is thrilled to be at USC’s Annenberg School”

“Summit gave me a safe space to learn and grow into the person I am now. I first latched onto the idea of living in New York and working in the Arts while I was at Summit and I don’t know if I would have actually made it to NYC without the support of Summit’s amazing teachers, who gave me the confidence in my academics and my ambitions that I needed to make it happen. I’ll never be able to thank them enough for their trust, their guidance, and their friendship!   After Summit I went to Xavier College Prep high school , then American University in Washington, DC. . I’m now living in New York, thrilled to be the Company Manager for the Manhattan Theatre Club, which produces work on and off-Broadway!”  Katie, class of 2006

“At Summit we started having classes in the science lab in kindergarten, and I have always loved science. All of the topics that we covered in 7th and 8th grade year could not have prepared me any better for my freshman chem-phys class or my sophomore biology class. By learning all of these topics in advance, it made high school science so much more enjoyable and understandable. Thank you Mrs. Yocum, for sparking my love of the sciences!  I also clearly remember how Mrs. France would make us take our own notes from the reading during history. At the time, I hated it, but I owe much of my success in my high school history classes due to learning how to take clear, organized notes! Thank you so much Mrs. France!” Jodi, class of 2013

A Summit graduate, now a sophomore in college, sent this text to her middle school language arts teacher, Amy Lecky.  “I never took into consideration how much Wordly Wise actually made an impact on my vocabulary until I just reread this paper I’m working on and saw how many words I used that I remember from Wordly Wise. Thank you.”  October, 2013


In the past five years 98% of Summit graduates have been accepted into every high school to which they applied, with a 98% acceptance rate for every graduating class!

Each year 85 – 90% of graduating students qualify for high school honors or gifted classes.

Alumni Awards:

Summit School of Ahwatukee graduates are National Merit Scholars

Summit is proud of our graduates who have become part of the elite group of National Merit Scholars.

2008: Brett
2010: Bomi, Kelsey, Marissa and Nora
2011: Farizah
2012: Jonathan

Matthew, (class of 2009) was chosen as a finalist for Brophy College Preparatory’s “Man of the Year Award”.

Private High Schools attended by graduates include:

  • Brophy College Preparatory (98% acceptance rate)
  • Xavier College Preparatory (100% acceptance rate)
  • Valley Christian High School (100% acceptance rate)
  • Seton Catholic Preparatory High School (100% acceptance rate)
  • Phoenix Country Day (100% acceptance rate)
  • The Lawrenceville School, New Jersey (100% acceptance rate)
  • Jesuit High School, Portland (100% acceptance rate)

Public High Schools attended by graduates include:

  • Desert Vista Public High School
  • Corona Public High School
  • Mountain Pointe Public High School
  • Payne Gifted Academy

Colleges attended by graduates include:

  • American University, Washington DC
  • Arizona State University
  • Barrett Honors College at Arizona State University
  • Carleton College
  • Chandler Gilbert Community College
  • Chapman University
  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Fordham University
  • Franklin and Marshall College, Pennsylvania
  • Georgetown University
  • Georgia Tech University
  • Glendale Community College – Ford Asset Program
  • Grand Canyon University
  • Loyola Marymount University
  • Miami University in Ohio
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Notre Dame
  • Oregon State
  • Pepperdine University
  • Princeton University
  • Regis University
  • San Diego State University
  • Santa Clara University
  • Scottsdale Community College
  • St. Ambrose University
  • Stanford University
  • UC Davis
  • University of Arizona
  • University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
  • University of Southern California, School of Engineering
  • University of Southern California – Annenberg School
  • University of Tennessee