We are in our 5th year at Summit. Our eldest started in K and our younger ones spent time in preschool, too. The teachers are tremendous. They take the time to assess the individual student and really communicate with the parents to give the child the most positive and satisfying experience. The tuition is, of course, substantial, but when comparing the well-rounded educational environment, it is justifiable for us. If you're looking for small class sizes, caring and creative teachers and administrators, and involved parents, this is the place to be!
Summit is a wonderful place. My children thrive in this school. They are challenged academically and are excited to attend school every day. Summit teachers care and treat each child as an individual. I love this school and would not think about leaving to attend any of the highly rated Kyrene Schools nearby. What could the school do better to really earn the 5 stars and be the top private school? Well, communication from School administration needs to improve. The Head of School needs to be sending out a weekly message to the community to show he is engaged and on top of it. The School should do a better job of keeping promises about the curriculum such as Morning Meetings. When we first toured the school all we heard about was how many opportunities the children had to be on stage during school wide morning meetings. Well this year they seem to be lacking. The Pre-school also makes many promises about their Online tool to view observations about your pre-schooler but these website is rarely updated. The school even bought IPads to make it easier to update these observations but still the website sits empty.
This school has become the center of our children's lives. Our eldest began kindergarten at a highly rated public school, only to be bored and unchallenged. When we changed to Summit, he flourished. The climate is dynamic, the students aren't stuck in desks all day, they work in groups, transitioning to all kinds of special activities not offered at other schools (Spanish, art, laboratory science, technology, etc). Personal character development is stressed almost as much as academics, learning to respect others as well as yourself, and to always do your personal best. My children are thriving, and are truly happy and excited to go to school each day. I never worry for their safety or happiness when I drop them off in the mornings, and they greet me with smiles and stories about their day in the afternoons. Bottom line, I couldn't ask for a more well rounded education for my children. You truly have to see it to believe it, as the motto says. I only wish my own elementary education could have been as wonderful as theirs, and I'm grateful to be able to give this gift to my children.
We are extremely impressed and overjoyed with Summit School of Ahwatukee! What our son has learned in just a short month is proof in the pudding as to how stellar their curriculum is. My son last year went to Kyrene Public School and would continually tell me how bored he was every week with school. When my son started this year at Summit School of Ahwatukee he said "Daddy, I love my new school and i'm not bored'. When you are here, you feel like this school is truly part of your family. I was also impressed with the lower number of students to teacher ratio in the classes at Summit. I also like the philosophy at Summit that there is no ceiling towards learning for each student which enables the students to achieve anything they want to which you will be hard pressed to witness at Kyrene Elementary Public School. I also enjoy seeing the respect that each student has for each other at Summit which is refreshing to see. You can physically feel the joy of students, teachers, and parents. This truly is a gift to my child and will set him up for future success.
We recently moved to Arizona and had to choose a school for our children. Both of my children were very much involved in the selection process which we began online. We visited every school in Ahwatukee and the surrounding area. It was important to us that our children felt happy, secure and safe. Summit School of Ahwatukee promised everything we needed. It exceeded all of our expectations and continues to do so. Our children were immersed in a new and very different curriculum and they thrived in all subject areas and Summit School of Ahwatukee did an exceptional job in preparing for high school. This school offers a well rounded education where the academics are excellent with each class being delivered by teachers who have a passion for teaching. Their energy and enthusiasm develops a lifelong love of learning in the students. The students are encouraged each day to do their personal best. Our children have developed into confident, respectful and well rounded young adults thanks to the dedication of Summit School of Ahwatukee.
The middle school teachers are an extremely impressive group of seasoned professionals. We are so grateful to have them in our son's lives. He has been at the school since preschool and is now in 8th grade. We moved to Arizona so he could go to this school. The art and design program is internationally recognized. Summit is an extremely nurturing environment that requires high level thought of the students. The school create leaders and thinkers. Many of the students are also serious athletes in various club programs.
Excellent teachers, extremely small classes and wonderful campus. Thrilled with every aspect of the school!
School is not a place for gifted children. does not worth the money not friendly to non white families
We paid the $75 registration/waiting list fee ONLY to be never contact other than emails to contribute time or donations. I would HIGHLY question what happens to your $75 if you aren't contacted.
My children have been at Summit for a year now. We came from a highly rated public school in the valley and have really enjoyed all of the differences Summit has provided. My kids have become better problem solvers, public speakers and writers this year. There is a lot of focused learning at Summit. I help with second grade math once a week and am amazed at the different approaches the teachers have here. The children are really challenged to take a risk with their learning by answering questions and explaining their reasoning to their classmates. Morning meeting are held twice a week and provide the children opportunity to get on the stage and explain their work to their peers. The teachers here really do care about each child and are more than willing to meet at any time to discuss concerns. It's nice that the kids also have a chance to experience all of the specials that Summit offers including music, art, PE, Spanish, technology and science lab. Overall, we are very happy with our decision to send our kids to Summit.
Summit School of Ahwatukee is a great school. We have 3 kids at the school, 1 in middle school and 2 in elementary. We have been a part of the Summit community and family for 2 years now. I call it a community and family because it is just that... from the students and their parents, to the teachers, to the staff. Summit really brings out the best in it's students. The challenge the kids to do their best, to be creative and to enjoy the learning experience. Our kids transferred from public schools and we have seen them grow tremendously in their academics, the attitudes towards school and in their character qualities. We would highly recommend Summit School of Ahwatukee for any family that is looking for an inspiring culture that has great teachers and a welcoming and inclusive student body. It has been the best investment that our family has and could have made for our kids and for their future success.
My wife and I are both educators and we both know a quality educational institution when we see one. Summit School of Ahwatukee has exceeded all of our expectations and we firmly believe that it is the finest educational institution in the state. From teachers who truly get to know our children and offer an individualized and student-centered curriculum, to an environment of safety and support, we truly appreciate every part of the Summit educational experience. I am familiar with the research on brain development and during these critical, formative years, we are extremely fortunate to have our sons in an education environment that encourages their curiosity and creativity. We are grateful to Summit for helping pave the way to a bright future for our children. Summit School is an educational haven and an island of individualized education in a sea of standardization. Our sons come home from school each day energized and enthusiastic and that is truly a gift.
The search for the perfect school was a difficult and arduous process. I looked at 10 different schools in the area, all of which were good but not great. Each school presented itself with its own distinguishing characteristics but fell short in providing the perfect combination of academic excellence and character building. Summit exceeds my expectations in every regard. The academics are outstanding and are presented to the kids in a way that is engaging and inspires a lifelong love of learning. The staff is excellent, from the administration, to the teachers and even the cleaning staff. The parent/family community is incredibly supportive and feels more like an extended family than people we simply know because they attend the same school as our kids. We have a child in kindergarten and preschool and are so happy we found the perfect place for them to grow, thrive, be happy and excel.
Our daughter just completed her third year at Summit School of Ahwatukee, after transferring from another school. She is absolutely thriving. She is excited about telling me about her day when she jumps in the car at pick up. She blows kisses at the school when we drive by. She is deeply engaged in her homework and project assignments - many of which require her focus, creativity and humor. She has been getting straight A's along with several A+'s since she began attending Summit . As one of her teachers noted, she is one of the most driven students she has ever worked with. Our daughter is now in an environment that is able to foster her intelligence, creativity and drive. During her time at Summit our daughter has regained her confidence, her excitement toward learning, and her drive to excel. Summit has given us back our child. Mother of a middle school student, 2012
This special learning community is a rare find in schools today. The supportive "family" atmosphere is wonderful for our children, and everyday they are challenged to do their very best. Small class sizes, excellent teachers, special classes, and emphasis on developing citizens of high character are just a few of the things that make this a top-notch school!
As a former Kindergarten teacher and now a Full-Time faculty and Administrator in Higher Education, I was very "picky" in looking for a school to send my children to. From the moment I toured Summit School, I was impressed. The classrooms are rich with resources, the teachers are caring and committed to educating the students. Our oldest son attended preschool this year and we have been amazed by all of the wonderful things he has learned and experienced. Next year, he will be attending Kindergarten and we are so excited for his experience at Summit to continue, as well as our second son's experience at Preschool to begin. I highly recommend Summit School to anyone looking for an all around quality education plus so much more!
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.
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