Giving to Summit School

Giving to Summit School is an opportunity for alumni, parents, past parents, grandparents, friends, faculty and staff to demonstrate to our students and to the community that our school is their charity of choice. This philanthropy showcases to all that we find the school’s mission so compelling that we are committed to support its goals. As with all independent schools, tuition only covers a portion of the cost of education. Tuition alone cannot support the research-driven curriculum, thriving fine arts programs, and essential social and leadership development opportunities that are the foundation of Summit School. Simply put, Summit School must rely on the voluntary gifts of its own community to fulfill its mission. As a result, this philanthropic support covers the gap between tuition and the true cost of providing our children with small class sizes, low student-to-teacher ratios and Summit’s extraordinary curriculum and programs. Through such generosity, Summit is able to provide the best faculty and a diverse curriculum that differentiates Summit from other schools.




5 amazing things our donors make possible

Academics and Educators

Did you know that Summit educators are highly-trained, long-tenured, veteran teachers? Many of our teachers and administrators have advanced degrees. Together, we provide education and enrichment opportunities to our students that focus on their individual needs, their future goals, and best educational practices. We look forward to continued growth in areas of intervention, enrichment, and world languages.


The preschool program at Summit School has low student-teacher ratios of 8 or 9 to one to provide quality supervision and engagement for all of our youngest students. Each of our preschool teachers also has a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in child development/education, and we support project work with high quality resources and subject matter experts who visit our classrooms in person or via Zoom. Students have time each day in our outdoor spaces with room to run, pedal, imagine, and explore. We look forward to increased opportunities, new spaces, and new faces in the future.

Technology and Innovation

Our rigorous curriculum develops academic core mastery and 21st century skills like creative problem solving, collaboration, critical thinking, and leadership. Students have opportunities to incorporate STEAM through our curriculum, Robotics, Tinker Lab, Maker Space, IDEA Lab, art offerings, and imbedded technology within the classroom. We look forward to becoming a one-to-one technology school in 2022.

Nurturing Heart and Body

We focus on the whole-child. Through social-emotional learning, CARE, and CAA athletics our students have many opportunities to grow both mentally and physically. We have an on-site School Psychologist and two “happiness coordinators” named Chips and Salsa. We look forward to adding a school garden to expand the creative learning opportunities for our students.


Our Ahwatukee campus is ideally located to serve our Summit School students and their families. Parents like you choose Summit for a variety of reasons but often it’s because they found we offer a truly unique, safe community for their child to become a remarkable, innovative student. We look forward to continued campus improvements that include a large collaborative mural on campus.

For all of these reasons, we encourage you to be amazing. Our per student cost to educate is roughly $18,400. With tuition at about $15,000, we need supporters like you to make Summit School possible. Donate to Summit School today to continue our growth and support all of our programs. Please spread the word and share the AMAZING.

To make a donation, please use the Donate button above. Summit School is a 501(c) (3) non-profit. 

Please note: Make your 2021 and 2022 Arizona Private School Tax Credit contributions on behalf of Summit School through the Institute For Better Education, (IBE) at or click here.

Annual Giving

The Annual Fund: What it Is and Why it Is Important

The Annual Fund is the main source used to cover the gap between tuition and the overall cost of running the school.  We depend upon the Annual Fund not only to meet basic operating needs of the school but also to enhance programs and opportunities offered to our students and faculty. Additionally, high levels of participation in Annual Fund giving are a staple at all high-performing independent schools, allowing for maximum flexibility to create, develop, and maintain the pre-eminent learning and teaching environment that our community has come to expect. This Fund helps to ensure that Summit School maintains:

  • An outstanding faculty
  • A diverse student body
  • An exceptional curriculum
  • Consequential leadership and developmental opportunities
  • A rich variety of fine arts programs
  • Facility improvements


Annual Fund and Tuition

Summit School has made the conscious decision not to raise tuition to meet all of the operating expenses of the school.  We have done this because tuition is not tax-deductible for families, so raising tuition to cover expenses provides no added benefit to families. A strong Annual Fund helps keep tuition increases at a minimum and allows for an added tax deduction for families.

Annual Fund and Ways to Give

This fund begins each year on July 1st and ends on June 30th. There are three ways to give to the Summit School Annual Fund:

  1. Donate at the Fall Event
  2. Donate at the Spring Gala
  3. Donate directly to the school throughout the year

It is our expectation that every family will give according to their ability, so we have identified different giving levels in order to assist our community in this effort and achieve 100% participation. No gift is too small. All donations are appreciated. Provided below are the different levels of giving that have been developed for the Annual Fund:

 Annual Gift Levels:

  • Legacy Society  $10,000 and above
  • Star Society  $5,000 – $9,999
  • Phoenix Society  $2,000 – $4,999
  • Leadership Society  $1,000 – $1,999
  • Community Society  $1 – $999


Ways To Give

The Summit Fund

Everything we do at Summit is possible because of your support and contributions to the Summit Fund, which touches many lives and gives all of our students the strong foundation needed to become leaders. Your generosity has helped perpetuate Summit’s growing tradition of academic excellence for today’s students and tomorrow’s graduates.

What is the Summit Fund?

The Summit Fund is the school’s most vital and basic fundraising effort. Our school relies on unrestricted gifts to the Summit Fund to help provide an outstanding educational experience for our children. Tuition only provides about 90% of the cost to educate a child, leaving a gap of approximately $2,000 per child. Offering a dynamic, hands-on learning program staffed by dedicated and experienced teachers requires resources beyond tuition. Summit does not receive any state education funds, and as a non-profit organization, we depend upon the financial support of our community.

Why give to the Summit Fund?

The Summit Fund is critical to sustain the program and operations as well as influence the future growth of our school. Gifts to the Summit Fund enable you to provide support for the many programs, specials, technology infrastructure, scholarships, faculty development, and facilities improvements.

How can I give to the Summit Fund?

We are asking that all of our families contribute in some way to the Summit Fund. We understand that all gifts made to the Summit Fund will not be equal. However, all gifts made to the Summit Fund do make a difference and demonstrate an understanding of and commitment to the needs of Summit. In order to keep the Summit Fund a priority, we ask that each family participate as much as possible.

Event Giving

Summit Fall Celebration: Every year the Summit Board of Trustees sponsors our Fall community event. Summit Challenge Dinner & Auction: Our annual Summit Challenge is our largest fundraiser of the year. This community event raises hundreds of thousands of dollars to help support the many programs at Summit. Last year’s event was held in April at a local hotel. The auction had numerous live and silent items to bid on, including “must-have” teacher experiences and amazing art created by your children.

Major Giving

Special gifts support Summit School’s long-term strategic goals such as campus expansion, technology adoption, and athletic programs. Contact the board to learn more.

Planned Giving

Share your legacy by including the Summit Fund in your estate plan to ensure a future of excellence and community for Summit School. Endowments are a way to leave your mark on Summit School for years to come.


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