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Preschool through Eighth Grade
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Innovative Teaching. Expert Educators. Thriving Students.

Summit School is Arizona’s most innovative private and independent school for preschool through eighth grade students, located in the Ahwatukee-Chandler region in Phoenix Arizona. We offer a safe and joyful learning community where students both discover and achieve their full potential. Our expert educators and rigorous STEAM-based curriculum stimulate intellectual curiosity, creative problem solving, and social-emotional growth all within a nurturing environment. We believe a world of possibilities awaits each child and that learning at Summit propels students toward joy and success.

Expert Teachers

Summit educators are highly-trained, long-tenured, and veteran teachers whose commitment to our mission and students keeps them here year after year.

17 Summit Teachers have advanced degrees

Thriving Students

Our students are more than test scores because learning is a joyful process of discovery at Summit. Each student is challenged to be their very best in all areas.

98% of our students graduate college by age 24

Innovative Curriculum

Our rigorous, STEAM-based curriculum develops academic core mastery and 21st century skills like creative problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and leadership.

Award-winning curriculum and programs

Safe Place To Learn

Our secure campus, small class sizes, and nurturing relationships among educators, students, and parents create a community where students can learn and flourish.

Average class size of 16 students

What Our Community is Saying

“Summit School has to be seen to be believed. It’s a veritable educational utopia comprised of passionate educators, engaged students, and a supportive community of parents. At Summit, you’ll find innovation without gimmicks. The atmosphere is very warm and positive as a school environment should be. If you’re able to send your child to Summit, you’ll be glad you did.”

“Summit School is unlike any school we have ever seen! When we started looking for a preschool for our daughter, all we knew for sure is that we wanted to send her to a welcoming, loving environment with a strong emphasis on learning and challenging her to succeed. Summit School far surpassed all of our expectations and opened our eyes to incredible programs that we didn’t even know we were looking for!!”

“We have been nothing but impressed by Summit’s small student-to-teacher ratio, the genuine caring and support of the teachers, and an academic program that challenges children to learn new things while still building their self-esteem. Our son has grown in leaps and bounds this year and the great program at Summit is a huge part of that growth. I am pleased to give my highest possible recommendation on behalf of the school.”

Latest Blog Posts

Summit PreSchoolers Send Care Packages

Recently the Smart Cookies preschool class at Summit compared two books, A Smokey Night and A Chair for My Mother.  Both books included community members who helped others in need. The children observed how the service made others feel and they wanted to do something...

Alumni Spotlight: Taylor Moorman

A Summit School education prepares the next generation of students for success. We love hearing stories about how Summit Alumni are doing since they've left the our campus and how they feel that Summit helped them along the way. In this month's Alumni spotlight, we...

Out of the Classroom: Field Trips at Summit

Not all lessons are best taught from inside the four walls of a classroom. Sometimes, students learn best when they're piled into a school bus and taken off site where they can engage in experiences for themselves. According to an interview in Education Next,...

Summit 5th Graders Create Audio Tour of Wesley Bolin Plaza

  Summit 5th graders have been hard at work trying to make public art spaces more accessible to visitors. Through her project based learning initiative, teacher Kelly Makay encourages students to identify a need in the community and work together to execute a...

The Scholastic DINO-MITE Book Fair: Stomp, Chomp, and Read

Have you heard? The Scholastic DINO-MITE Book Fair: Stomp, Chomp, and Read is coming to Summit School April 1-5th. Join in the fun to support Summit's Knowledge Center! Hours are: Monday-Thursday, 8 - 9 a.m.; 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.; and 3 - 6 p.m. Friday hours are 8...

Community Connections – February 19, 2019

Praise and Potholes on the Road to SuccessWe all know that productive praise is essential to our students’ academic success.  Research shows that the most effective praise focuses on students’ effort and perseverance on a particular challenge, rather than overall...

Community Connections – November 20, 2018

At Thanksgiving, we pause to think about how fortunate we all are to have all that we do, and to celebrate with the people we love.  There’s also football.When it comes to past pro football greats, Tony Richardson isn’t exactly a household name. That is because Tony...

Summit CARES – Inspired 2nd Graders

Summit CARES 2nd Graders Were Inspired by the CARE Lifelong Guidelines As A New Year Began At the beginning of school Mrs. Anderson explained to her new batch of second graders that coming to Summit School was like receiving a GIFT.  The parents and teachers work hard...

Upcoming Events

  • 8th Grade Graduates ONLY Do Not Attend School

    May 23, 2019

  • 5th Grade Moving On Ceremony

    May 23, 2019  8:20 am - 9:10 am

  • End of 4th Quarter - Early Dismissal - Last Day for Students

    May 24, 2019

  • Last Day of School; K-8 Early Release (from pool party)

    May 24, 2019  12:00 pm - 12:00 pm

  • Last Day of School; PS Early Release

    May 24, 2019  12:15 pm - 12:15 pm

  • Memorial Day (Holiday) - Office Closed

    May 27, 2019

Teacher Spotlight

Tina Charney


Tina Charney has been teaching preschool and elementary children in Minnesota and Arizona since 1996. She is a published author, a world-traveler, and absolutely loves teaching at Summit (we love her too).


Summit teachers do a fantastic job of cultivating meaningful relationships with their students. We loved how this article from The Knowledge Review calls out the ways that teachers can continue to do this such as setting high expectations and accepting each student wholeheartedly. Do you have any to add?
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Summit 3rd graders put their unit on 'making a difference' into action at the Foothills Golf Club where they sold lemonade and blondies to benefit the AZ Humane Society. We're so proud of these world-changers! ... See MoreSee Less

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We so proud of our preschoolers as they walked across the stage at their End of Year Celebration on Friday. We know that they're ready for kindergarten and beyond because of the great start they've had here at Summit. ... See MoreSee Less

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"Making the choice to join Summit was by far one of the best parenting decisions we have ever made. With every year our kids continue to achieve more than we ever imagined and we know how much Summit has contributed to their growth, not just as students, but as people." –Jackie, Summit Parent ... See MoreSee Less

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Summer Camp registration is still open! We have tons of awesome adventures planned like the OASIS Waterpark, fort building, science experiments, and what would summer camp be without arts and crafts? Register today! ... See MoreSee Less

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It's time for the BOGO Book Fair. Don't forget to stock your shelves just in time for summer reading! You only have until this Friday. ... See MoreSee Less

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A huge Summit School THANK YOU goes out to all of our Dadurday volunteers this year. You've really made a difference and helped us tackle some big projects around campus. We're so grateful for you. ... See MoreSee Less

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Last week our 8th graders took the trip of a lifetime to Washington, DC and New York City. Every year, a group of wide-eyed middle schoolers get to culminate their time at Summit with the ultimate experience. This is so much more than a field trip. ... See MoreSee Less

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