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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

Top Summer Reads for Parents

Every magazine has a list of beach reads that are perfect for that summer vacation, time by the pool, or a sunny afternoon in the air conditioner on the couch. Staying cool is the theme here. Most of these lists are full of romance titles and easy reading for...

Four Ways to Make Summer a Springboard to Success

We may not have hit triple digits just yet, but summer is here! In addition to being a time for vacation, family, friends, and camps, summer is also an important time for growth. Research tells us that a summer without academic stimulation can result in as much as two...

Top Summer Reads

Summer is officially here and while picnics at the park and long days in the pool are inevitable, summer is also a great time to pack in some reading. We asked our favorite librarian Ms. Lee to share her top recommendations for every age group. Picture Book: Flight...

Summit PreSchoolers Send Care Packages

Recently the Smart Cookies preschool class at Summit compared two books, A Smokey Night and A Chair for My Mother.  Both books included community members who helped others in need. The children observed how the service made others feel and they wanted to do something...

Alumni Spotlight: Taylor Moorman

A Summit School education prepares the next generation of students for success. We love hearing stories about how Summit Alumni are doing since they've left the our campus and how they feel that Summit helped them along the way. In this month's Alumni spotlight, we...

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...

Upcoming Events

  • Independence Day (Holiday) - Office Closed

    July 4, 2019

  • Office Closed

    July 5, 2019

  • 1st Day for New Teachers

    July 29, 2019

  • 1st Day for Returning Teachers

    July 30, 2019

  • New Family Welcome

    August 1, 2019  5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

  • Back to School Night

    August 5, 2019

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).


Looking for more summer activity resources? Click over to Design Squad, which is a PBS Kid's site that teaches kids about science and engineering through fun games and activities. It’s free, has no ads, and has a mix of hands-on projects, simulations, and STEM games. ... See MoreSee Less

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Are you choosing a preschool for your child? Here are some tips when considering when you're comparing schools.

1. Type: What type of preschool are you hoping your child is involved in? Do you prefer structure or one that is more open play-based? Consider the environment your child will learn best in.
2. Staff: How long have the staff been at the school and what is their level of education?
3. 3rd Party Accreditation: Does the school have any outside accreditations from organizations such as the NAEYC?
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We're thinking back on some great moments from this last school year and one of them is when several Summit students attained national recognition for excellent performance on the 2019 National Spanish Examinations. Students from Summit earned a total of two gold, two silver, and two bronze medals along with two honorable mentions.

“Attaining a medal or honorable mention for any student on the National Spanish Examinations is very prestigious,” said Kevin Cessna-Buscemi, National Director of the Exams, “because the exams are the largest of their kind in the United States with over 150,000 students participating each year.”
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