Next-Generation Private Education

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 Students Pay it Forward

Haz lo mismo a alguién más.  If your Spanish is a bit rusty, that’s “paying it forward,” which has been one of our CARE/Be Kind themes through the year.  Applied learning in real-world settings is also the Summit way.  Last week our Spanish Honor Society (Sociedad...

The Ten Most Important Skills Needed for Future Employment

As you may know, the World Economic Forum is currently holding its annual meeting in Davos Switzerland.  This meeting brings together some 2,500 top business leaders, international political leaders, economists, and journalists for up to four days to discuss the most...

Creativity is as Important in Education as literacy

During last Monday’s in-service, the faculty and I took the opportunity to roll up our sleeves and work on implementing our focus on 21st Century skills of creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication.  To frame the discussion, we watched and...

21st Century Career Day for Summit Middle School students

Our Middle School was proud to present the 21st Century Career Expo for our sixth through eighth grade students today. While many schools have “Career Day,” Summit’s was very different. Our Middle School teachers worked together to assess student interests...

Pop-Up Adventure Playground – Sonoran Living

On December 2nd, 2017 we will host our 2nd annual Pop-Up Adventure Playground from 10-12pm. All ages will enjoy this time of open ended play to explore, create and collaborate with their friends. Treasures 4 Teachers will bring pallets of materials ranging from bottle...

Upcoming Events

  • Professional Development Day - No School

    September 21, 2018

  • Fall Band Concert

    October 3, 2018  4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

  • 3rd Grade Culminating Event: Magazine Launch Party

    October 4, 2018  2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

  • End of 1st Quarter

    October 5, 2018

  • Fall Break - No School

    October 8, 2018 - October 12, 2018  

  • Professional Development Day - No School

    October 15, 2018

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).


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We are lucky to have someone that is this passionate at the heart of everything we do at Summit School! Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children hit the nail on the head- Andrea Benkel’s passion for Early Childhood Development is truly contagious. #sheworkshere #summitpride

Arizona Association for the Education of Young Children
VIDEO! Back to basics with a simple question: �Why choose to work in the field of Early Childhood Education?

Lisa Cobb, regional outreach coordinator for Arizona PBS, spent much of her career working with young at-risk students in The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited centers and truly believes in the value of quality programs during the early years for all children. Andrea Benkel, Assistant Head of School at Summit School of Ahwatukee School of Ahwatukee, never lost the wonder she felt as a young child, entering preschool at age three. Her passion for the field is contagious!

Here’s our second video in a series featuring #EarlyEd professionals in Arizona. We’ll be recording more #EarlyEdPro video footage at our Annual Meeting on September 29 at Rio Salado Community College Conference Center. Look for the link to RSVP in our Facebook Events section. We want to hear YOUR story. See you there!
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Whether our students are exploring number combinations or multi-digit multiplication, they are making connections between a visual and numerical model. Using visuals and number symbols simultaneously helps students “see” the mathematical idea which ultimately improves understanding. Our first graders used cubes and equations to investigate number combinations, and our fourth graders used visual proofs to prove products of multi-digit multiplication expressions. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our preschool teachers received the “sweetest” surprise today. They are truly heroes! The proof is in the...cake 😉

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Summit School is a part of the School Cents Program! We are grateful to a have been invited to be one of the twenty schools to participate in the School Cents program at the Chandler Fashion Center again this school year. You can help our school win a prize up to $3,000. It’s Easy! Between September 1 and March 31, shop, dine or watch a movie, then bring your receipts from Chandler Fashion Center to the Guest Services desk at the mall or drop off your receipts in the front office at the school. Visit to sign up for email reminders, plus a link to the shopping center store information and shopping hours. A School Cents Information sheet with more details about School Cents, including bonus point offers will be coming home with your student. Tell your friends and family – anyone can support Summit school in the School Cents Program at Chandler Fashion Center. ... See MoreSee Less

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We love seeing our Sabrecats rocking through the week! Happy Wednesday! ... See MoreSee Less

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Summit Parents did you know that the Arizona Private School Tax Credit program can assist you with paying tuition? The same program assists Summit in funding need based scholarships each year. We are happy to have the Institute For Better Education (IBE) on campus this Thursday to explain the program and answer your questions! Please stop by the IBE table located by the front lobby at Summit. ... See MoreSee Less

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The Summit School community honors the nearly 3,000 Americans who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and all those affected by that tragic day. We are grateful for all those who serve our country, and protect the freedoms we enjoy as Americans. ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Culinary Arts class took a quick trip to France to learn how to make crepes. Our students love French cuisine! ... See MoreSee Less

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We hope you are having a wonderful long weekend with your family! Happy Labor Day! ... See MoreSee Less

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After two successful Curriculum Nights, we hope you are able to see and feel our vision for this school year. Summit students have set many goals for themselves and we are very excited to watch their visions come to life! ... See MoreSee Less

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