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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

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...

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...

Upcoming Events

  • Iowa Testing: 3rd-4th Grade

    April 29, 2019  8:20 am - 10:50 am

  • Iowa Testing: 3rd-4th Grade

    April 30, 2019  8:20 am - 10:50 am

  • Iowa Testing: 3rd-4th Grade

    May 1, 2019  8:20 am - 10:50 am

  • Iowa Testing: 3rd-4th Grade

    May 2, 2019  8:20 am - 10:50 am

  • K-4 Front Gate Dismissal

    May 2, 2019  3:15 pm - 3:30 pm

  • NJHS Induction Ceremony

    May 2, 2019  4:30 pm - 5:00 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).


Every year Summit 8th graders participate in ROPES, which stands for Right of Passage Experience. This project asks students to strengthen their character by exploring something outside their comfort zone or learn more about a profession that interests them. They spend the weeks leading up to ROPES researching, interviewing, and practicing all in preparation for their final presentation, which is scored by a panel of esteemed judges. The students even connect with a mentor who has expertise in that topic and spend hours doing hands on learning with them. This year our students chose a wide variety of topics ranging from race car driving to aerial arts. We're so proud of these students for all of their hard work! ... See MoreSee Less

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The profession of teaching is ever evolving and we know it's important for our educators to stay ahead of the curve. So here's a glimpse of what our teachers and faculty have been working on this Professional Development Day.
-They developed programs that will quip teachers with cutting-edge strategies, tools, and support.
-They celebrated the service and dedication of our talented teachers, some of which have been at Summit for over 15 years!
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A few weeks ago, Summit 4th graders participated in a "Shadow Period" where they visited a 5th grade classroom and learned first-hand what they will be doing next year. Here's 3 questions you can ask your 4th grader for better dialogue:

1. What was the name of the 5th grader you shadowed?
2. What's the thing you're most looking forward to in 5th grade?
3. How does 5th grade seem different from the 4th grade?
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Today is Seton Catholic Preparatory's "Middle School Day" where all middle school students (5-8th grade) get in to their home baseball game for free with a paying adult! Opening pitch is at 3:45pm at the Seton ball field! See you there. ... See MoreSee Less

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Today several Summit students are getting a special visit from local author and business owner Tim Vasquez. He'll be sharing more about his book "Taco Stand," a story of hard work and the love of family. ... See MoreSee Less

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Last week, Summit 1st graders participated in their annual culminating event. This year, they focused on animals and their various habitats. The students prepared research, replica habitats, poetry, and performance elements into one presentation.

"I just wanted to let you both know how absolutely AMAZING last night was!!!! THIS is why we are at Summit! For the amazing teachers….for the amazing projects….and that mostly you foster the LOVE for learning and DESIRE to learn in our kids!!!" -Smila

We're so proud of these students and all their hard work.
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Our friends at Snooze, an A.M. Eatery stopped by yesterday to help complete our garden project with the funds raised from pancake sales on March 5th. Chips and Salsa send their thanks for your support and pancake purchases. ... See MoreSee Less

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Join us tomorrow at 2:05 for a parent informational meeting for Summit's THINK6. This conflict resolution program teaches strategies that will last your student a lifetime. ... See MoreSee Less

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