Having worked for the last 10 years in Arizona as a teacher, I feel that I can fairly judge the merits of an educational program and I feel Summit is top notch. 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. My wife and I genuinely believe that an investment in the education of children will pay dividends throughout their lives which is why I am pleased to give my highest possible recommendation on behalf of the school.
This is my daughter s first year at Summit after moving her from an excelling public school. I chose Summit as they have a reputation for providing an outstanding education through individualized education, small class sizes, and an incredible amount of specials. What I wasn t expecting was the dedication of the teachers, families, and administration in making each child s school experience an incredible one. This involvement produces an environment that is encouraging, safe, and allows the students to be themselves and confidently meet any challenge. I am so grateful to have found Summit for what it is providing and will provide for my daughter.
Field trips are one of the many many things I love about Summit . That teachers have the freedom to follow their amazing instincts and create all kinds of outings for our children is very special. I had no idea in joining the Summit community how much a part of school life field trips could be. From Pali Mountain to Starbucks, from penpal visits to Washington DC they are a wonderful way for the kids to grow and expand their in-class education and social skills.
My children started in Toddler Discoveries and are now in Kindergarten and preschool, respectively. The teachers are supportive, encouraging, and challenge the children to do their best. My children have really flourished at Summit and are very happy there. The Summit community is very caring and involved with all the children's academics. It is a fantastic school.
My two younger children have been at Summit for two and a half years, and I regret that my oldest child never had the opportunity. What a great school! The Elementary curriculmn provides students with a rock solid foundation in an innovative, challenging, yet, fun environment. The Middle School, then builds upon that foundation to create lifelong learners who are well prepared for High School, College and beyond. The Teachers and Administrators are exceptional! They are invested in the students and the Summit community. My children feel respected, valued and truly cared about.
We joined the Summit School community in the fall of 2009, in the preschool. The school truly is more than just a school - it is a community of like minded families who believe in both the value and power of education, as well as the importance of imparting strong positive messages for children in an environment that emphasizes personal responsibility and personal best achievement. We strongly feel that the education that the children receive is exceptional and unparalleled in our community. The school has set up a system to work to individualize education, as much as possible, and provide each child with the unique teaching emphasis that the child needs. Although we feel that the environment is more important than the results, we also feel that our daughter is achieving unexpected accomplishments in all areas of her basic and creative education. We are regularly astonished at how much she already knows, analyzes, and questions, at her early age. We cannot speak highly enough of this wonderful school and community.
Two of my children graduated from Summit School of Ahwatukee. What a gift it was to them. They were so prepared for high school, and are excelling in honors level courses. Beyond the academics, which are remarkable, they graduated with a strong sense of self, confidence in themselves and their abilities, and respect for themselves and others. Teachers care so much for the students and they were instrumental in my children's emotional growth and confidence. Thank you Summit.
Our child just finished her 2nd year at Summit. We have been very happy with the experience. Teachers are dedicated and happy, and really care about the well-being and learing of children. The class size is small enough that each student gets individualized and tailored instruction. Our child is supported and challenged appropriately in all subject areas. We look forward to many more years at Summit.
I love Summit! I have 2 children who attend the school, my oldest has been there for 9 yrs. As many other parents have attested, I feel blessed to have my children go to school there. I can't say enough good things about Summit. The strong teaching staff is a big part of Summit's succes. The small classroom size allows my children to get the attention they need and gives the teachers the opportunity to really get to know each child. The academics are strong and give a great foundation to prepare students to go to the high school of their choice. In a time when so many schools have had to cut back on the arts, PE and 2nd language, Summit continues to put a strong emphasis on these areas. My children are excited to go to school every day and love their school. The school community is close knit which makes it comfortable for my kids to socialize with their classmates. Summit truly is a great place to educate/develop your child!
Our children have attended Summit School for five years. We feel very fortunate to have found such a wonderful school for our children. Our children are challenged academically and receive individualized attention. Summit has nurtured intellectual curiosity and a love of learning in them. Science education occurs in a lab beginning in kindergarten. Students receive quality music, PE, Spanish, and technology instruction, along with the core academic areas. The art education program is incredible and just won a national award. The teachers are talented and dedicated professionals. My children have made wonderful friends. Perhaps most important is that my children love going to school. They feel safe and cared for and fight me when I tell them they need to stay home sick. Summit School is a gift.
This is our first year at Summit. We feel very fortunate to belong to a school where each family and faculty member is genuinely engaged in the well-being of each child. Each morning our child is eager to go school and learn. We owe that to the phenomenal attention that Summit gives to our child every day. We are grateful that our child can blossom both academically and socially in a small sized class. It truly is a "home away from home."
My child attended another private school in the area for six years. I began to get concerned over the level of academic focus and looked at the local public school and Summit. After only a quarter at Summit, my child has blossomed academically. No early release,year round spanish multiple days a week, both language arts and literature and six sessions of math per week - all lend to a strong focus on education. Did I mention the excellent faculty? Choosing Summit was one of the best decisions I could have made for my childs education.
Summit has been an outstanding educational experience for my children from preschool to 8th grade. The small class sizes and low student-teacher ratios allow the instructors to know your child and his or her learning style on a very personal level. The curriculum is challenging, is theme-based and focuses on the whole child. The art, music and technology programs are unmatched. There is a very strong sense of community, and Summit families are deeply committed to their children's education. The school leadership continually evaluates the effectiveness of its programs and implements improvements based on the feedback of its parents and teachers. Overall an excellent school and a nurturing environment.
There are more positive comments from the past few months then anytime since the school s inception. It s nice to know the marketing is going well, but the school is not. Preschool is great, but elementary and middle school have a long way to go before being worth the money and aggravation. The change in leadership has caused the school to become so unstable that many of the long time kids and teachers have left. If your child is gifted or struggles there really isn t a place for them at Summit. Also, middle school is NOT where your child will have a stable social environment. Every time we turned around another nice kid had left and so we did too. There are so many great schools in the area. Do your homework and find out why so many kids have left. Money doesn't always get you the best so choose carefully.
At Summit our two children are loved by their teachers. This has allowed them to thrive academically and socially. They have been challenged in the various curriculum areas which they have been exposed to. We have seen them bloom in many aspects. We feel that Summit is not only a school, but a community of families who all want the best for their children. You can see this in the amazing number of parents that are involved, whether in classroom volunteering, or in activities planned for students and their families. Summit is full of wonderful teachers who are talented and work hard to bring the best in all students. We are blessed to be part of such a wonderful community!
We love this school! Where else can you find teachers that truly care about every child on campus, promote strong character, and foster leadership skills on a daily basis all while teaching a rigorous academic curriculum? This school also goes above and beyond in communicating with parents and including them in their child's success. Summit is the place you want your child to be!
Summit is awesome! I am so thankful my kids were there from preschool through 8th grade. It is an environment that allows kids to be who they really are. The teaching staff is exceptional with very little turnover. I especially thank God my kids were there through middle school. I believe it is Summit's reputation that helped get my kids into Xavier/Brophy. It's been exciting seeing the school grow and improve over each of the past 10 years. If you're looking for a superior education in a nurturing, personal environment, Summit is a no brainer. It's worth every penny and a tremendous gift to your child.
We have found the middle school at Summit to be exceptional. The school is small enough for the teachers to get to know each student and adapt to their learning/social style. We are amazed at the time and commitment that these teachers give towards each child. The middle school prepares the students for great success in high school. It is a very friendly school and the parent involvement shows the dedication and appreciation we all have towards the teachers. Having had one child that went through middle school and one that is in now, I can recommend the school to anyone that is looking for a wonderful middle school experience.
We love all the teachers at this preschool! Both of my children attended this preschool and have loved the teachers and staff. My husband and I feel confident they are in the best care possible at Summit. The teachers have been there for me when I felt insecure about my parenting and have helped me with valuable tools. I feel as though we are part of a family at Summit. I highly recommend this school. We love it!!!
Teaching is inconsistent and varies highly with two classes per grade and only one teacher per class. Classes can have up to 18 students... a high teacher/student ratio for the price. There is also a lot of teacher turnover which disrupts the balance of the school. Many good teachers have left and the newer are inexperienced. Also, many subjects at the elementary level are taught in such a way that basic learning gets missed. Parents end up filling in these gaps way too often. Art and Spanish classes are exceptional, but many feel the science, music, tech and library have gone way downhill. Character building is addressed, but there is no follow through and therefore bullying type behavior is everywhere in almost every grade. Structure is lacking in many aspects from academic to social and the leadership is wishy-washy which leaves parents to their own devises.
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