"OUR SCHOOL IS BEST KNOWN FOR PREPARING STUDENTS FOR COLLEGE."
Students enrolled 440
Hours 7:50 AM - 3:00 PM
School leader Mrs. Leann Hedke
Transportation options Yes
District Summit Academy
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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30100 Olmstead Rd
Flat Rock, MI 48134

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(734) 379-6810
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4 stars
Based on 53 ratings

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May 08, 2014
Summit has been THE best choice for our family. I enrolled my daughter in kindergarten. I was so nervous, but the staff was so kind. The teachers in kindergarten are all really so sweet and my daughter is READING!! I cannot recommend this school enough!!!

- submitted by a parent
March 19, 2014
Pros Provides education and extra help for those that need it Pretty good technology No bullying (most of the time) Cons Way too overcrowded Some classes are a joke Too much focus on test scores

- submitted by a community member
November 21, 2013
I cannot say enough good things about this school. The teachers and staff are amazing and truly care about the kids. They teach in a fun, creative way and my children are flourishing. My kids and I love this school and would recommend it to everyone.

- submitted by a parent
August 30, 2013
My son and daughter both attend Summit. I am a proud Summit parent and love the school. I approached my daughter's teacher with an idea for the school, met with the principal, and my idea went into action. Gotta love a school where parents have a voice. Also, I have recommended thus school over and over and can never say enough. My daughter is above grade level and my son is doing great. My kids cannot wait for the new school year to begin!

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2013
I love this school. I found this school looking for a preschool, and I am very happy. Confrences are not open with other parent as said in other reviews. It is a very friendly atmosphere and my son is excelling very quickly. I am very impressed with all the teachers and paraprofessionals. When I went to school, there was only one teacher. Michigan did something right with the No Child Left Behind Act. They even have parapros that work one on one with the children that need more help.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2013
This schools sucks...administration is horrible. Teachers are not friendly nor do they know how to teach kids with disabilities correctly. There isn't proper materials for the students and the laptop program is not what it is cracked up to be. I caught my daughter using her for socializing while she was in school.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2012
We really like this school. My son is extremely bright, so I was worried that he would not be challenged. But when my husband and I found out about what was happening in the 3rd and 4th grade, we were so excited to give it a try. The teachers are teaching him at the level he needs and he's finally not bored! He is really good at math, and the teachers recognized this from the day we enrolled and he was placed in the highest level. I am telling all of my friends to enroll their kids...especially if you have a kiddo that is advanced.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2012
I LOVE this school! My son and daughter have gone here for 2 years. I would recommend Summit to anyone. Any time I have ever had a question or a concern, it was handled quickly. The principal is firm and fair, something I did not find at our old district. The teachers are great and work with my kids at their level. Again...GREAT school. My kids are happy and that's important in my book.

- submitted by a parent
September 17, 2012
Summit Academy is a great place to send your kids. They have a great group of teachers that have worked there a long time. That says something to me. My son has attended Summit for 3 years and had the same teacher for all 3 years. She really knows my kid! The ladies in the office are also so helpful and sweet. I give them a ton of credit.

- submitted by a parent
June 15, 2012
We transferred our son to Summit Academy Flat Rock. He was in the 6th grade. What a HUGE mistake! We were told that he would get tutoring. The extent of his tutoring was 15 students to 1 teacher doing homework for other classes. No actual help. This was the worst decision I have ever made. He was picked on and nothing was done after several discussions personally with the principal and e-mails. The teachers do not respond to e-mails which is the preferred way to communicate. Their idea of parent teacher conferences is every parent show up at the same time. All the teachers are in a circle and first come first serve. You are in an open area where everyone can hear you discuss personal information about your child. If you are contemplating sending your child to this school I highly recommend you reconsider. This school will damage your child not help them.

- submitted by a parent
May 01, 2011
I went here K-2 and It was HORRIBLE. They never taught/helped me how to read. i could BARELY read in the 3rd grade. And when I was in 2nd grade, for the math, we were only learning 1+10 ; 5+9 ; 7-3 ; then I switched schools in third grade and they were learning division and multiplication. Summit put me WAY behind in school. By the time I was in third grade (when I switched schools) I was learning at a first grade level. This school is good for people with special education. But other than that, its a horrible school. They put me soooo behind. And its also really boring and many teachers are really mean.

- submitted by a community member
March 29, 2011
If you have a child w/ any type of special need, in my opinion Summit is prepared to handle them. My child has Asperger's Syndrome and our current school district said there was nothing they could do to help us. In there word, "We were better off enrolling our child with Summit." In our situation the school has offered and provided the tools for success. My child has excelled academically, but struggles w/ the social aspect. Everyday is a social challenge and kids can be cruel. That will happen anywhere. The school handles any problem that occurs. With our child it has been a wonderful, sometimes challenging experience. We definitely love the school.

- submitted by a parent
January 03, 2011
I have 3 children enrolled at summit I am not satifed with the programs set in place to assist children that need help, the teachers a good but they cant seem to keep the good ones long the teachers aide are lazy and they are understaffed in that area. This is the 2nd new principal in the last 2 years she is not very personable and doesnt work well with students

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 02, 2010
As a parent of one recent graduate and a high school senior, I can say that Summit Academy has a highly dedicated staff, relevant curriculum and leans heavily toward technology. There is no better place for a child to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2010
We love the teaching staff, as well as the programs available for our 5 students at Summit Flat Rock and Summit High School.

- submitted by a parent
no rating November 01, 2010
Great academics, great learning environment, highly dedicated teachers and staff

- submitted by a parent
October 17, 2010
It's ok,but they give a load of homework. The paraprofessional there are annoying.She has to stay by me when I don't even need her.The dress code is ridiculous too,they should at least allow me to wear my skull socks!

- submitted by a community member
August 24, 2010
We enrolled our daughter mid-way through the school year, when she was in 4th grade. She was enrolled at Barnes in Flat Rock. The district we live in was such a nightmare! Summit was a welcomed breath of fresh air! My daughter LOVES to go to school now. The teachers and staff at Summit are friendly, unlike the stuff at Barnes that give the cold shoulder as a standard. I have compared her homework to others in the same grade at Barnes, and they are learning the same things. Summit, unlike Barnes, still teaches math "old-school" instead of some hodge-podge new way that was "suppose" to make it easier. We can't wait for school to start!

- submitted by a parent
April 29, 2010
Wonderful caring teachers, very family oriented, we've had nothing but WONDERFUL experiences at this school and our kids are HAPPY to go to school in the morning. They make is fun to learn.

- submitted by a parent
no rating January 19, 2010
Summit is not a disapoint I love it teachers love it i bet its better than anyother school like I said Ive been going to this school for 6 years I love it

- submitted by a student
December 13, 2009
My child went to this school from kindergarten until halfway through fifth grade. We decided to move them to our district after we moved and when I realized how low Summit's test scores were. My daughter's 4th grade class was rated a 1 according to the scores on this site. It has been two years since we moved and my daughter is still struggling in all subjects when she was on the honor roll at Summit.

- submitted by a parent
September 29, 2009
This is the best school ever! It is not only a set of teachers, children, staff, and parents, but a Family. Everyone knows each other, the teachers know all the kids, not just the ones in their grades, it is a wonderful environment. It is all about working together for the kids. Helping them acheive their goals, and striving for the best!

- submitted by a parent
August 26, 2009
I am seeing so many great reviews and I completely agree. I witnessed a parent of a child in my daughters class complaining about a teacher that thought she was blaming her son for his poor grades and that he was a 'GOOD' kid. I though odd this teacher has been awesome for my kid. I know other mothers that had no problems with the same teacher. I also saw a week latter at a function the same 'GOOD BOY' curse a little boy out intimidate him into a corner and punch him several times. It's sad cause this mother had allready admited her kid had problems in other schools. Come on really it's the teacher? Uh no. It's the kid. This is the school if you want to be a hands on parent. Go to the meetings, feild trips it is family oriented and will step up helping struggling students.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 23, 2009
Summit is a disappointment. Your child will be behind if they go to this school. They will blame your child for poor grades. I approached the prinicpal and the teachers and was truely upset over the whole experience. I''ve observed classroom and big difference between a public school and a charter school. They hardly have homework. Esp. if they say your child is behind you think they would send more work home to help get them caught up but, they don't. The parents that have children in this school need to spend some time in the classroom. I was told that new teachers that are there are not held to the same standards as other teachers - so your child will suffer and my child did. Please for your child's education do not send them to this school.

- submitted by a parent
August 22, 2009
As we leave Summit Academy, the best testimony I can give, regarding quality of education at Summit, is in the fact both of my kids (who attended Summit for 4 years) have been placed in honors classes a year above their grade level as they transfer back to our local schools. My older daughter entered Summit a year behind in math and is leaving a year a head. I loved having a K-8 option and I think Summit has done a great job of preparing my kids for high school. It is, simply, in my family's best interest to return to the local schools for high school.

- submitted by a parent
May 27, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
May 14, 2009
I do not recommend this school. Seems like they are to focused on everything else other than educating the kids. Seems to be more of a daycare or club the a place of education. My girls will not be returning.

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April 01, 2009
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- submitted by a parent
March 12, 2009
I originally posted a great review on this school right when my daughter changed schools due to moving to northern Oakland county. Almost immediately after her starting her new school, I realized how bad of a choice it was to place in her in Summit Academy Schools, she was extremely far behind compared to all the other children in her second grade class. The teachers at Summit were very kind and compassionate but I think they were to focused on other things rather than actually educating our children properly. Thankfully I think we got her out just in time as she is now doing wonderfully in school and has caught up to her peers. As a mom of 3 children, I would highly reccomend against placing your child in Summit school system, I believe it to be a big mistake....unless of course you want you child behind academically.

- submitted by a parent
March 11, 2009
My Kids were left behind. Big disappointment. Now my kids have to play the catch up game. They spend to much time trying to figure out how to teach the kids. Always a different way. My kids were so lost and confused all the time. Seems they got left behind. All 4 of them.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2009
When I enrolled my children in this school it was told to me how 'outstanding' they were a how my children were going to be above other children with the education they would get here. All that turned out wrong. Yes they had laptops. But it takes more then just giving a child a lap top. Yes fun for the kids. But when they are not getting the same education as other children that were in the same grades at the public schools. I compared my children's work to school work with my family members and many friends that have children the same age and in the same grade. My children were behind. Almost a year behind. I feel that my children did not get the education they deserved.

- submitted by a parent
February 05, 2009
I Absolutely love my school i am in 7th at flat rock and feel like i get individual attention from my teachers as well as discipline when needed

- submitted by a student
December 17, 2008
The high school has been a huge disappointment. Every year there is a new theory on how to get the kids to learn. The teachers should teach until the students get it. We have been there since kindergarten and are looking to change.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 02, 2008
Summit Academy is a big disappointment. Because of this school my daughter is so far behind. The Teacher are no different then thoes who teach in public schools. They attended the same colleges. The leadership in this school lacks in the education department. Spends to much time on dealing with children fighting and there is lack of supervision in the class room. The promise more then they can give. It is more like a daycare then a school

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2008
Summit Academy is just what my family has been looking for in a school. I love how the school has set learning with technology as a top priority. My child, who is in the 5th grade, was very excited about receiving their own Mac computer for home and school use. What an incredible opportunity for my son! He is being challenged in all subjects. The math program is outstanding. They are using a program called Singapore math. Summit pays attention to what is happening around the globe and is doing their part to prepare our children for the future. We couldn't be happier.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2008
Summit Academy does create a challenging environment. In addition that, families are welcomed and the line of communication is always open. Enrolling my child in the ACES program was the best decision I could make for my 5th grader. For the first time in her education, I feel that my daughter has teachers that truly understand gifted children and recognize her talent. At her previous school, teachers simply gave her more work to keep her busy. At Summit, my daughter's teacher recognizes the need to give her challenging work and not busy work. We have been extremely happy with our decision to enroll our daughter at Summit and would encourage other parents to do the same. My daughter feels safe at school and we feel safe having her there. Summit has been an excellent choice for our family!

- submitted by a parent
September 04, 2008
I enrolled my oldest son in Summit Academy after being underwhelmed with the Taylor School District and it's curriculum for advanced learners. After careful consideration and talking with the Principal and teachers at Summit Elementary School, my husband and I enrolled our child in the ACES program. Summit proved to be a larger disappointment than his previous elementary school. The ACES program was a normal curriculum designed for average to slightly above average students. However, considering the population that goes to this school, ie...children who were dismissed from public and private schools for behavioral misconduct, those falling behind in grade level...the ACES students look brilliant. If you are looking for a 'homey atmosphere' where children are praised for the smallest accomplishments; then this is the school for you. However, if you are looking for a school that will challenge your advanced learner and keep him/her interested in learning, think again.

- submitted by a parent
September 03, 2008
Summit Academy has been a wonderful place for my children. The laptop program has really been beneficial in teaching my child in a creative way. My 7th grader will be prepared for this ever changing world we are living in. My second grader is also challenged in a wonderful and hands-on learning environment. I would recommend Summit to anyone!

- submitted by a parent
April 30, 2008
I was so unhappy with the education that my children received. So unorganized. They focused to much on uniforms, after school activity's and do not focuse on the curriculum and education. Socially I think it is a very bad idea to take your children out of their neighborhood away from their friends.

- submitted by a parent
March 28, 2008
I could not be happier with the education that my children have received at Summit Academy. The gifted program is wonderful and has allowed my children to advance at their own pace. The discipline code is excellent. I have never seen a school be more focused on student safety. I have worked in both traditional public and catholic schools. Summit Academy far surpasses those experiences. Summit Academy Flat Rock is the only choice for my children, and I would tell any parent to enroll their child at the earliest opportunity!

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January 08, 2008
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- submitted by a student
November 15, 2007
You cannot find a better school Downriver!

- submitted by a parent
October 29, 2007
My children started at Summit Academy last year. I transferred them from Trenton School District due to being bored. Summit Academy has challenged them and now they love school. It was the best change I've made for my kids.

- submitted by a parent
October 24, 2007
I like this school, I do think they need a special education class, also there needs to be more communication from the teachers about your child. They seem to have no problems then all of the sudden at the end of the year 'oh we forget to let you know your child seems to struggle in this subject' well why didn't they inform the parent when the problem starts not at the end. I like the clothing attire that is to be worn. I would prefer it more strict.

- submitted by a parent
September 07, 2007
We transferred our son to Summit after almost four years in the Wayne/Westland school district. The difference in my son was wonderful. They really met his needs in subjects that troubled him and cheered him on in his strengths. The teachers are there for the children and their parents. It has been the best decision I have made as a parent.

- submitted by a parent
April 07, 2007
My daughter started Summit in Kindergarten and I really like the mixed grade classrooms. It gives your child a challenge if they need it and lets them work at grade level if that is what they need. I really like the smaller school setting because the teachers/staff know you by name and can keep you updated on your childs progress when ever you want and not only when there is a problem. The dress code is also a plus. Your child doesn't have to worry about what they are going to wear and if other children will make fun of what they wear. It keeps the focus on learning. I will definately keep my child in Summit for the duration, along with my other 2 who haven't begun school yet.

- submitted by a parent
March 27, 2007
My child is has currently attended Summit Academy Schools for two years. The students curricilum is great, the change is great! They have a schedule for each classroom and it is followed to a T! Change is good for the students, it keeps them interested in learning! The students keep journals everyday and do them at the exact same time everyday! I feel that there is much to do as far as extra-curricular activities. Summit Academy Schools are very prominent on the development of these children. The children are challenged to do things just one step ahead of the rest! And, the school dress code is a great thing for them. The kids concentrate less on what everyone is wearing and pay more attention to their school work!

- submitted by a former student
January 23, 2007
There is nothing consistent they are always trying to re invent how to learn. Not a good choice for kids who want to learn and for the teachers. Well it seems they can show up when ever they want. My Daughters teacher missed a lot of the school year.

- submitted by a parent
October 08, 2006
I just came to Summit Academy this year and after being here for a little over a month, I have to say that I love it! The staff are wonderful and they really help you when you need it, unlike any of the other middle schools I have been to. This is a wonderful option for your son/daughter if you want them to be challenged and have the best education possible!

- submitted by a student
May 16, 2006
As we complete our first year at Summit, I would like to say that, after a rough start with some staff turnovers, I am quite pleased with the staff and teaching methods employed at Summit. The ACES program has been wonderful for my younger daughter. It is nice to see her challenged for a change. My older daughter, who had fallen behind in her old school, is now working to catch up to grade level with teachers who are more than willing to help a struggling child and lend direction to her parents so that we are better prepared to help her. I find the K-8 option at Summit South another plus. Some children just are not ready for middle school in 6th grade. It's nice to have a choice in the matter. I am glad that options like Summit exist.

- submitted by a parent
May 10, 2006
We moved here when my son started 2nd grade, we were new to the area & didn't know anything about the school systems (Flat Rock, Gibraltar districts would have been our options) I found Summit's website & thought we would try this for a year & see what happens. My son is now in 4th grade and will continue going there. He likes his school, I like the teachers, he is a very intelligent young man & Summit has helped him to excel even more. I only wish they had more extracurricular activites for the kids. Sports programs, a language class would be a good addition also. These are as important for kids as is a good learning environment. We give Summit Academy an A !

- submitted by a parent
March 14, 2006
I started my oldest son in Summit (FlatRock) in 2nd grade. The public school system kept telling me that he was A.D.D. It was his teachers who brought to my attention that there was a difference behavior-wise.I took him to be tested and he has a form of autism. With this school, my son got more individual attention, something that he really needed. My other son has a learning disability also. But with the help of his teachers, his progress, especially this year, is remarkable. The programs they have and the attention that my children get is so well worth the drive (over 130 miles per week). The teachers, principal, secretaries and paras all are wonderful people who seem to really care about my kids. This is our 5th year at Summit, I have 2 more who will be going here also. We absolutely love it here!! :) -Diana

- submitted by a parent
January 24, 2006
I Enrolled my step children in Summit Academy at the beginning of the school year and it has been nothing less than an absolute miracle that this school has performed for my boys. These children went through (alot) their first few years of school with moving, deaths, and a divorce and this school has brought their self esteem, self-worth, desire to want to be at shool back. And this school has helped the children to be back on track from the things that they missed at their other school while going through all of their parents circumstances. This school is an excelent choice for parents that want respect, consistency, enjoyment, and teachers that aren't afraid to break ciriculum guidelines to teach fundamentals that your kids need. The life skills they learn are worth it by themselves, not to mention the education. I would recommend Summit for all kids.

- submitted by a parent
February 08, 2005
Every school experience is unique depending on the child/teacher relationship. Without a doubt Summit provides a superior environment to the average public school.

- submitted by a parent
August 23, 2004
My daughter attended this school for 2 years and it was a huge disappointment. They seem to run the classes on one level. If you can't keep up - oh well. If the students need more of a challenge - too bad. I was overall disappointed.

- submitted by a parent
August 03, 2004
This has been a wonderful school for our child. It is not for everyone. Not all children excel in this environment. However, no school is perfect. We love the fact that our child gets individualized education - not a cookie-cutter approach. We moved him to this school as he wasn't challenged at his traditional public school. It is well worth the drive (25 mins. one way). We appreciate the fact that the staff is 'reinventing the wheel' - if they didn't, it would be like our traditional public school we left. We have never encountered problems with regard to discipline. Quite the contrary - one boy we know was suspended from 1st grade for hitting two different kids on two successive days. You should try it if your child is bored and unchallenged in his/her current school.

- submitted by a parent
June 09, 2004
My children attended here for 5 years. There is nothing consistent they are always trying to re invent the wheel! And discipline, children who continually break the rules are not consistently dealt with. Makes it difficult for the children who do follow the rules. They say individualized learning it used to be but not anymore. Look very closely it isn't what it once was!

- submitted by a parent
April 13, 2004
My son has a learning disability and was behind in grade level. Enrolling him in Summit was the best thing I could have done for him. The teachers work with him and have him preforming great now. I will have another child start there next year. It is a bit of a drive for me to get them there (1/2 hr each way) but it is well worth it! I highly recomend this school.

- submitted by a parent
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Summit Academy
30100 Olmstead Rd, Flat Rock, MI  48134
(734) 379-6810
Last modified Summit Academy is a Charter school. It has received a GreatSchools rating of 7 out of 10 based on academic quality.
Summit Academy Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 59 reviews.