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

  • 1st Grade Culminating Event: Ribbon Cutting and Business Expo.

    October 23, 2018  8:20 am - 9:20 am

  • Stars of Summit Talent Show

    October 24, 2018  5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

  • Retake Photo Day for Students and Staff

    October 26, 2018  8:20 am - 11:30 am

  • K-4 Front Gate Dismissal

    October 26, 2018  3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

  • Open House

    November 8, 2018  8:30 am - 10:15 am

  • Student Council Delivers Thanksgiving Baskets to Homeward Bound

    November 9, 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).


Congratulations to the STATE CHAMPION Summit School Girls Volleyball Team! We are so proud of you all. Thank you to Coach Peed and Coach Durbin! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our Lady Sabrecats won their game in the semi-finals and are now heading the to Final State Championship Game!! The game will be today at 3pm at South Mountain Community College.

Please come out and support our Summit Sabrecats!
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2 days ago

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Private High School Information Day was a success! It was great to have Brophy College Preparatory Valley Christian Schools - Arizona Seton Catholic Prep Xavier College Preparatory and Phoenix Country Day School on our campus today talking to middle school students and parents! This event was informative and parents found it to be an insightful experience! ... See MoreSee Less

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Miss Arizona, Isabel Ticlo, stopped by Summit School to visit with the kids in mini-camp on Monday, October 15th. She answered questions, explained her duties, made slime, took pictures and colored masks all while balancing the crown.

Miss Arizona works full-time as a Content Specialist and is starting her Master’s Degree in Business, all while juggling her duties as Miss Arizona. She explained to the kids how she gives back to the community with her “Be My Eyes” initiative, which helps the visually impaired community with any resources that they might need.

Summit School encourages kids to give back to their community and having Miss Arizona model positive behavior is key to their success.

Miss Arizona Isabel Ticlo Miss Arizona thank you for visiting!
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6 days ago

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We are so thankful for all of the new Robotics gear courtesy of grants written by Mr. Douwstra! The grants were from Project Lead the Way to infuse PLTW’s STEM Curriculum into our school through our Technology and Electives classes. These hands-on experiences expose our students to new opportunities and career paths in real world technology. This is an exciting contribution to both our Technology classes and our Robotics Club. ... See MoreSee Less

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On Friday, October 19th, we will be hosting our annual Private High School Information Day, and in January, we will be hosting our Public High School Information Day.
All Summit Parents are invited to attend, as it is never too early to learn about high school choices. In addition, all 7th and 8th grade students will attend. We hope to see you there!
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7 days ago

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Parent Quote: “Joining the Sabrecat Flag Football Team has been a huge confidence booster for my son!”

Summit School is proud to offer a competitive athletics program that not only increases confidence but also builds character, develops resilience, fosters friendships, improves fitness, and so much more! Come on out and cheer on our Sabrecat athletes at one of their upcoming games/meets!
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2 weeks ago

Summit School of Ahwatukee

Brown Bag Supper and Family Game Night was a success! It was a great opportunity for families to meet and get to know their children's classmates. Dinner, board games and family fun! We have had a great first quarter with your children and are excited to see everyone after fall break! ... See MoreSee Less

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