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.
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
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
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
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...
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...
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 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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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
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).