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

  • Photo Day for Students and Staff (New Staff Only)

    August 24, 2018  8:20 pm - 11:30 pm

  • Curriculum Night for Parents: Preschool and Middle School

    August 29, 2018

  • Student Council Officer Elections (Grades 5-8 Attend; No Meeting PS-4)

    August 29, 2018  8:20 am - 9:00 am

  • Curriculum Night for Parents: Kindergarten - Fifth

    August 30, 2018

  • Labor Day (Holiday) - No School

    September 3, 2018

  • Spirit Day #1, Pizza Lunch (PS-8)

    September 7, 2018  11:42 am - 1:15 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).


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Summit School of Ahwatukee

This year is off to an exciting start! Eighth grade students experimented with canisters that were pressurized by a chemical reaction of Alka-Seltzer and water. The reaction produced carbon dioxide which built up inside the container and caused the lid to pop off and fly through the air. The students voted to explore how the variable of the angle of the launch affected the distance that the cap was launched. #STEAM #summitschool #sciencerocks ... See MoreSee Less

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Today is the first day of the 2018-2019 school year at Summit! We were excited to see old and new faces on campus this morning!

It is the first day of Kindergarten for the kids in this photo. How exciting! Please share your child’s “first day of school” photo on this post.
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Why Summit?🦖🦖

Small average class size✅
Yearly grade level culminating events✅
Safe and engaging learning environment✅
Experienced teachers✅
Overnight retreats✅
Rigorous curriculum✅
Lifelike dinosaurs walking around campus✅

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Alumni Spotlight: Kinsey started at Summit in preschool at the age of 3 and was our Class of 2013 valedictorian! She is currently enrolled at ASU Barrett and majoring in Actuarial Science and obtaining a minor in Spanish. This past spring she was awarded the Tom and Zona Lorig Scholarship. We’re so proud of you, Kinsey. Congrats! ... See MoreSee Less

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Visit to learn more about our NAEYC-accredited private preschool! ... See MoreSee Less

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Summit School of Ahwatukee

We are ready for another fun and educational week at CAMP SUMMIT! ... See MoreSee Less

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Our CAMP SUMMIT kids had an amazing experience at the Musical Instrument Museum - MIM they loved learning about the instruments used in different cultures around the world. The future of our Sabrecat Band is looking bright! ... See MoreSee Less

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CAMP SUMMIT takes OdySea Aquarium They had a blast on their educational oceanic adventure! ... See MoreSee Less

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As we dive into summer, we thought it would be fun to share some good reads. What books are your young learners swimming through this summer? ... See MoreSee Less

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