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Summit School

Private | PK-12 | 60 students

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Situated in a suburban neighborhood. The median home value is $107,500. The average monthly rent for a 2 bedroom apartment is $940.

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Posted April 25, 2006

I have 2 kids in this school. This school nothing but nurtures kids to be their best. They have an advanced curriculum, 2 foreign languages and gym right from the 3 yr old program. The teachers are well qualified. Small classroom sizes allow for individualized attention to every kid.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 25, 2006

Excellent school. My kids thrived here. Its sad to see it not exist as Summit academy.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 20, 2006

Great school! However it is closing and merging with Elgin Academy for the 2006-2007 school year.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 12, 2006

Excellent school. Curriculum is 1 year ahead of grade level. Structured environment.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 8, 2006

We began Summit Academy in its First Program for Parents and Babies six years ago. We have never been disappointed with our choice to continue. The education for value cannot be matched. Summit educates the whole child, not just a few core areas. Children are exposed to every aspect of technology, physical activity, arts, sciences, language arts, and advanced problem solving at an accelerated pace in a safe environment. They learn like sponges, taking every thing in. If this school is in your budget, it cannot be beaten. A strong parent organization helps to offset costs of the extensive technology programs, as well as keep parents involved in the day to day operaions of the Academy. Small classes and energetic well-qualified teachers further enrich this accelerated curriculum. A strong character building program makes good citizens of tomorrow.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 8, 2005

Excellent preschool and elementary program. Teachers are very experienced, well-prepared and caring. Preschool/Elementary includes Spanish, French, Art, Music, and daily P.E. class in addition to accelerated academic curriculum (my 4 year old is learning some double-digit math and beg. reading). Student-teacher ratios are excellent. My elementary child is in a class of 15 with 1 teacher, 1 full-time assistant and 1 assistant who is an education intern from a nearby college. There is a great deal of parent involvement in this school. There are also abundant opportunities for the children to develop their leadership and public performance skills (e.g. school musicals, community involvement, class debates, etc.). 6th - 8th graders took the ACT and scored in the 20's (acceptable at many colleges!). The middle school classes are extremely small and male-dominated which may be a negative. Also, classes seem very structured (i.e. as opposed to Montessori) and there is lots of homework.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 1, 2005

Outstanding school, with extraordinary teachers. I have my children here for 7 years now, and they all are well above average in terms of test scores. More importantly, however, they have all developed a passion for learning, reading and school in general, to the extent that they look forward to fall so that they can go back to school. Although there is limited sporting options, I'd say that's a pretty minor knock - they can get then in 9th grade on up and are active participants in our city's leagues for basketball, softball and baseball. Most parents are involved at some level, and all appear to be as committed to their children's educations as I am.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted August 22, 2005

Supportive environment, low student-teacher ration, accelerated curriculum & amazing teachers. A great school!
—Submitted by a parent

Posted June 29, 2005

My children have been at Summit Academy since the age of 2. My daughter is currently going into 5th grade and my son is moving into Kindergarten. My children are extremely self confident and very outgoing. I attribute a high percentage of that to the opportunities that they have received at Summit. The small class sizes allows them to get one on one instruction and they experience so many exciting things that they would not be able to in a larger, standard class size. Through Summit, my children have obtained the educational and social foundations needed to succeed anywhere.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted April 26, 2005

Summit Academy is an excellent school. We started when my child was only 2.5. She will be be in 7th grade there next year! We also have 2 other children attending Summit. The children are evaluated and place according to their abilities. They are challenged but have fun doing the work. The cost is a bit mind boggling at times, but when you realize your children only have one chance to learn ~ there is nothing better than Summit. The opportunities given our children are endless. I am so happy we found such a wonderful place to help educate our kids.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 27, 2005

Summit is the best of the private schools.My son really enjoys going to summit & is learning a lot.Lots of individual attention, care, quality & a very safe environment are a part of summit.Thou its pretty expensive its really worth it. Teachers are well qualified & very caring.Its one of the best schools.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 21, 2005

My son is in his 3rd year at Summit and in the kindergarten program currently. This school provides accelerated learning at its best. Summit was the last of 5 private schools we visited and immediately our first choice. Learning is fun, the kids think being smart is cool, and the 'character counts' environment instills integrity. Summit is a gem and provides a far superior educational experience over any school in the state.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted January 11, 2005

My children started at Summit Academy at 2 years old. My oldest is now in 2nd grade and there is not a better curriculum in the area. Small class sizes and accelerated learning programs provide for a positive learning environment. I believe Summit Academy provides my children with the most well rounded academic education available in Illinois.
—Submitted by a parent

Posted September 14, 2003

Summit Academy gives my children a place where they can be challenged and learn! They are given 2 foreign languages from the age of 3! They have gym every day. The teachers are fantastic. Parent involvement is encouraged. We never thought we'd go to a private school, but then we found Summit Academy!
—Submitted by a parent

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333 West River Road
Elgin, IL 60123
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