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

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...

Community Connections – Nov 2

Ted Dintersmith, one of the country’s most successful venture capitalists, is also a leading advocate for innovation in education. In his book What School Could Be, Dintersmith seeks to “reimagine education to prepare students for a world marked by innovation.”  He...

The Incredibles Class Song

Who needs American Idol when you’ve got the Summit Preschoolers!  Summit’s self-named "The Incredibles" students were paid a visit from talented musician, Bill Partlan.  Bill was inspired to visit after student Lauren Wolfe, wrote the lyrics to a special theme song...

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...

Teacher Spotlight: Tina Charney

Tina Charney has been teaching preschool and elementary children in Minnesota and Arizona since 1996. She has a BA in Latin American Studies from Columbia University in NYC, an Early Childhood teaching license from Crown College in Minnesota, and holds an Arizona...

Upcoming Events

  • Dadurdays (Moms are welcome too!)

    March 23, 2019  9:00 am - 12:00 pm

  • CARE Student Leader Lunch

    March 27, 2019  12:05 pm - 12:52 pm

  • K-8th Parent Conferences - K-8 ONLY No School

    March 28, 2019

  • 8th Grade Cap and Gown Photo Day

    April 2, 2019  8:30 am - 10:30 am

  • AIMS Science Testing - 8th Grade

    April 3, 2019  10:54 am - 12:27 pm

  • Summit's Annual Dinner and Auction

    April 6, 2019  6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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).


It's not too late to sign up for Dadurday! Come join our Summit School Dads (moms welcome too) tomorrow at 9am and help keep our campus beautiful. Sign up here: ... See MoreSee Less

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Lights! Camera! Auction! Be sure to RSVP to the front desk by Wednesday, March 27th!Help support Summit's star students and teachers by accepting your nomination as Best Supporting Actors and Actresses at the annual dinner auction on Saturda... ... See MoreSee Less

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Take advantage of the Arizona Tax Credit Program for Private Schools! This dollar-for-dollar tax credit supports students with demonstrated need. If you haven't filed your 2018 taxes yet, it's not too late!
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Friends, Sabrecats, Countrymen! lend us your ears: we come to praise our seventh graders and their performance of "Shakespeare Unshackled" Tuesday Night!

As brevity is the soul of wit, we shall will simply say that awesomeness, thy name is seventh grade, led by Ms. Mayefske and Middle School teachers!
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A Preschool-8 private school in Phoenix, Arizona.

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Summit School partners with you for a better future.

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Have you heard the good news?!
There is still time to receive a dollar-for-dollar credit on the AZ state income tax you already owe!
Visit to learn more. #TaxCreditTuesday
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3 weeks ago

Summit School of Ahwatukee

Summit Kindergartners shared their research on the exciting range of career opportunities ahead of them at “Off to Work We Go.” Students gave public presentations on stage to a full crowd on careers ranging from epidemiologist to wildlife biologist to professional surfer to smokejumper. Their videos and posters detailed the best part of their jobs, using technology, creativity and public speaking skills. The future will be in good hands with these Kindergartners holding these jobs! ... See MoreSee Less

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3 weeks ago

Summit School of Ahwatukee

So proud of Summit Eighth Grader, Niall, for his leadership and empathy - helping our community one pound of food at a time! #SummitServesA big "Thank you" to Niall who attends Summit School of Ahwatukee. He organized a school wide food drive and collected 290 lbs of food! ... See MoreSee Less

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Another successful Summit Dadurday was held this past Saturday!
Our dads (and moms!) hung 27 pull down shades in the classrooms, built 8 cubby shelves for Preschool, hung 30 brand new soap dispensers, and built and installed a tree bench near the Elementary playground, which the students are already enjoying 😄 Thank you to everyone who volunteered!
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