An NAEYC-accredited preschool

We are committed to every student’s personal and academic growth from the moment they enter as preschoolers, until the day they graduate eighth grade as young adults.  Our private preschool curriculum is research-based, developmentally appropriate, and taught by educated and experienced teachers.

This is why Summit School is one of few Phoenix preschools accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). All of our preschool staff are NAEYC members. Through their commitment to excellence in early childhood, they present at NAEYC Annual Conferences, serve on the local NAEYC affiliate board and are peer reviewers for proposals at the annual conferences.

Summit welcomes preschool students ages two and a half to five year olds preparing for kindergarten. Families join us from Ahwatukee, Chandler, Tempe, Gilbert and Phoenix. Children must be fully independent in the bathroom. Read more below about the curriculum, class size, scholarship opportunities, and weekly classes in Spanish, music, art, and tumbling.

Our Preschool has been named one of the best preschools by Ahwatukee Foothills News voters 10 years in a row!

Curriculum

Our preschool students engage in meaningful and challenging work with an emergent curriculum. Using The Project Approach, the two lead teachers in each classroom community create environments, experiences and learning provocations that engage the students’ interests and intellects. Our assessment tool and online database, Teaching Strategies – Gold is endorsed by the National Association of Young Children. TSG incorporates a developmental continuum that extends well beyond kindergarten skills. This allows teachers to carefully monitor student growth and plan for developmentally appropriate and challenging learning activities.

Our curriculum fosters growth in all developmental areas including social/emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, math, science & technology, social studies, and language acquisition.  Additionally, classes in art, music, Spanish, library and tumbling are woven into the learning experience.

Each day, children participate in large and small group settings, dramatic play, choice time, enjoy morning and afternoon snack, rest time and play on a beautiful and engaging playground designed just for preschoolers.

Preschool Hours

Classrooms open to greet children and parents at 8am.  After lunch, children enjoy a much-needed rest from 1 – 2pm. Our school day ends at 3:15. To help working families, parents may enroll in before and after school care, expanding the day from 7am to 6pm.

Preschool Classes

Three program options are available.

  • Five day class
  • Three day class; Monday, Wednesday and Friday
  • Three days first semester (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and five days second semester

Our Preschool Faculty

 

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