"Our school is known for academic excellence combined with character education."
Students enrolled 1030
Hours 8:15 AM - 3:15 PM
School leader Richard V. Wilson
Transportation options Yes
Type no info
Preschool capacity no info
Before school Yes
After school Yes

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2161 Grandin Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45208

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(513) 871-4700
(513) 533-5373
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4 stars
Based on 37 ratings

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April 10, 2014
I only have experience with the Montessori and it is phenomenal. From the toddler program to the 3-6 year old Montessori programs, the kids are nurtured, challenged, and supported. The teachers have strong background in Montessori education and are extremely passionate about it. It amazes me what that have been able to teach the kids. It is not unusual to see four year-olds, and even some three year-olds reading and doing addition and subtraction. And somehow they make this fun. The kids enjoy school and are far from stressed. They also emphasize character development and core values, and have done a wonderful job building a sense if community amongst the kids, teachers, and parents. My kids have gained so much self confidence at The Summit. Worth every penny.

- submitted by a parent
February 21, 2014
Fabulous school. Teachers go above and beyond to know each child individually. Children's individual passions, whether they be academic, athletic, artistic, or spiritual, are recognized and fostered. Rigorous academics combined with a joyful community make this an incredible school.

- submitted by a parent
January 28, 2014
The Summit provides a thorough education. From athletics, academics, spirituality, and academics, Summit is equipped to fit the needs of the individual. I came from a very small inner city school and the transition was smooth. I was worried of the higher standards and of the new kids, but I learned to be outgoing. There is no exclusion and the Summit makes sure the student builds an amazing character and strong academics.

- submitted by a community member
January 18, 2014
Summit is a GREAT academic institution. My child and family are African-American. We have found my son's experience to be excellent. When issues have arisen, the staff and administration have moved quickly to handle. My son has been and has felt supported in all facets of his education. Our son is also an athlete. At Summit, there are no barriers to what he wants to achieve in his academics, in sports or in his extracurricular activities. The school IS very white, and most of the families who send their children there are wealthy or very close to it. But if a parent cannot prepare their children to deal with and handle those kinds of differences in people, then you may want to consider getting out of the parenting business.

- submitted by a parent
January 17, 2014
The Summit Country Day School is a great learning institution. The one area where it is sorely lacking is the emplypment of people of color.The african american students and all other ethnicities, should see faculty and staff who look like them.

- submitted by a parent
January 16, 2014
Summit School promises a lot, but does not deliver. I have a three year old son who is a late talker and staff promised my wife and I that they would be patient with him and work with him. They gave him 1 hour on his first and called my wife and said "your son is not a fit". 1 hour. That is joke. We talked them through all our concerns and what he needed, but when it counted, they let our family down. All the way up to the principal. This place is not for your son or daughter who might need a little more help/guidance. A pure joke.

- submitted by a parent
November 08, 2013
So impressed! My child is in their first year of the Montessori program at The Summit Country Day School. We could not be happier. The admissions staff has been warm and welcoming. They have gone above and beyond to make us feel included and comfortable. The teachers are also wonderful! The program is top notch and I can already see so much progress in my child after 2 short months. The program not only focuses on academics, but character development as well. They really strive to help their students become well rounded and successful. We live over 25 minutes from the school, but it's totally worth the drive. I would highly recommend checking out The Summit!

- submitted by a parent
October 15, 2013
From the moment we first toured the Summit Upper School we knew this was the right school for our children to prepare for College. The warm, caring environment with superior academics provides opportunities for students to understand their strengths and capitalize on being their best. The community is loving and accepting of all. Summit students graduate strongly prepared academically, socially and spiritually. Summit is one of a kind.

- submitted by a parent
October 14, 2013
Our son was set to attend St X with most of his friends but ended up choosing Summit after several shadow day visits. Summit provides personalized attention, strong curriculum, well rounded sports opportunities, and more. He has fit in very well and has never regretted choosing the Summit.

- submitted by a parent
August 01, 2013
All that glitters is not gold. The school is not all that it appears to be but they talk a good game. They violate athletic recruiting rules, doesn't exhibit a community feel unless you are caucasian and from Hyde Park. The academics are decent and the small class sizes are notable.

- submitted by a community member
October 26, 2012
This is a wonderful school in which you find the substance that all the other schools are talking about. We love this school and have had kids in all divisions. You owe it to yourself to check The Summit out!

- submitted by a parent
August 25, 2012
Our four Mexican-American children attend Summit Country Day. We left Cincinnati for a couple of years but moved back largely so our children could return to the Summit. Our children learn with smiles on their faces.

- submitted by a parent
September 19, 2011
This school offers top level academics, the best, (and most dedicated) faculty in the city, as well as opportunities for each and every child to shine and grow in their own unique way. The strong focus on character development results in a community in which everyone is welcome and cared for by each other. It feels like having a huge family in town to be part of it. The children simply love being there, and we never feel alone on the parenting journey.

- submitted by a parent
March 24, 2011
Fabulous school - Great academics, caring teachers, wonderful parents, strong emphasis on developing the whole child. This school has it all. Our children are very happy and proud to be a part of the community.

- submitted by a parent
December 07, 2010
A superior experience that is delivered by experienced and caring staff and overseen by a hands-on administration! This school provides caring and nurturing for students and parents who want the best from their academic and cultural education.

- submitted by a parent
November 16, 2010
Excellent Education, Great community, Everyone is welcome and offer every sport or activity someone could ask for

- submitted by a community member
no rating October 17, 2010
Great character education program. Great academics. Very good opportunities for athletics

- submitted by a parent
May 02, 2010
Everything appears wonderful, welcoming and inviting when going through the admissions process but I wish I would have listened to my instincts. My dtr. is now a Freshman in college and when we went through the admission process, the adm. staff was pretentious and arrogant but I did not have that feeling from the faculty so decided to send my dtr. I should have trusted my feelings - the entire community is fueled on which social track you are in. The program is fine, but the experience was not.

- submitted by a parent
October 05, 2009
Summit has superior academics and a strong and nurturing community where children are really cared for. I can't speak to what it feels like to be an African American in this environment, but I do know that the classes my children are in look like the UN. It attracts many transfer families from the big companies and there are children from many cultures in every grade. That was a big factor in our choosing it. I wanted to be sure my kids would be exposed to global thinking. It has been a great choice for my family.

- submitted by a parent
September 21, 2009
I just graduated from Summit and now I'm attending my first choice college. I feel extremely well-prepared for college life, and Summit is the reason behind that. In high school I was never a school-spirit person by any means. I never went to the games or participated in the numerous school events offered. Even despite my lack of participation, I still feel extremely connected to the Summit community. I highly recommend this school. You can get anything you want from this school, as long as you have the drive to do it.

- submitted by a student
no rating September 04, 2009
All I will say is that my child is Jewish and The Summit staff has done everything possible to make her comfortable. She chose the school and we support her choice. The Summit considers the whole child so my child will graduate a well rounded and college ready student.

- submitted by a parent
no rating August 19, 2009
We came here for small class sizes - they are getting larger as the economy worsens. This is parochial cincinnati at its best - a lot of 'happy speak' from the teachers, but not much substance from the majority of them (lower school exper.), an administration that smiles a lot but only really engages with the monied set, and a conservative, very white student population. The education experience is generally high, but the school is slow to adapt to the technological age (no laptops for the kids except in the labs). And, regardless of their desire to compete with the independent privates, this is very much a catholic school with heavy requirements on the students to attend very frequent massess and almost daily religion classes. Overall, not a good value for the money (look at the colleges their graduates choose).

- submitted by a parent
July 28, 2009
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- submitted by a community member
May 03, 2009
I disagree with the comment posted below. Summit does support diversity. It may not be as diverse as other schools, but I do not think you can judge how it 'supports diversity' because legitimately by the time a student graduates the whole class is essentially a family.

- submitted by a student
March 25, 2009
Summit doesn't not support diversity, it was one my worse experiences family has endured.

- submitted by a parent
no rating December 28, 2008
I am a parent of a minority student and one of the reasons my child attends the Summit is the sensitivity that the staff shows to minority students. Individualism is nurtured and highly valued at Summit Country Day. The school promotes a culture that values kindness, consideration, acceptance, and service.

- submitted by a parent
December 05, 2008
Summit encourages and supports diversity. I also disagree with the comment posted 8/11/08. The teachers are outstanding! The only negative comment I would make is that the theater definitely needs upgrading.

- submitted by a parent
September 16, 2008
I am a foreign student who attends this school (and not the only one). I have to disagree with the comment made below. I have definitely been embraced by the faculty and student body. Individualism is encouraged, especially because it is a college preparatory school.

- submitted by a student
August 11, 2008
This school does not support and is not sensative to minority students. There is very little to no ethnic diversity amond the students or faculty. Individualism is not encourage

- submitted by a parent
October 22, 2007
This is an excellent school. Summit has been wonderful for our two boys. The teachers are amazing, the curriculum is challenging, and the children are (mostly) genuinely kind and considerate to one another. The character development program is impressive, unique among private schools in the greater Cincinnati area. Summit is a Catholic school. It is impressive to see how the children are taught to respect and care for each other. Children from all faiths are welcomed warmly. It is worth every dime in tuition! I recommend it highly.

- submitted by a parent
October 04, 2007
I think that the Summit Country Day is a great school to learn

- submitted by a student
August 26, 2007
Familiar with Montessori preK only. Summit has been an outstanding school for my preschool son. It is worth every penny. The teachers are very well qualified, have made every effort to know my son thoroughly, and have taught him far more than I've ever expected. The facilities are fantastic, but the teachers are even better.

- submitted by a parent
April 23, 2007
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- submitted by a parent
April 06, 2007
Attending Summit for high school was one of the best decisions I've made. The quality of education is well beyond outstanding. Teachers are amazing and really care about the success of the students.

- submitted by a former student
March 02, 2007
The quality of The Summit's academic programs is A+++ which is driven primarily by highly qualified teachers who, on a daily basis, go the extra mile to challenge students to do their best. This school places a strong emphasis on science, mathematics, humanities and spiritual growth. With small class sizes, it provides a learning environment that allows every student to succeed. I highly recommend The Summit for all students from Pre-School to High School, especially for parents who enjoy a high level of involvement in the school.

- submitted by a parent
February 14, 2007
Superior school. Small class size and personal attention. Students get along well with each other, like the teachers and staff and have every opportunity to excel. Teachers make themselves readily available. Quality of counseling is well above average.

- submitted by a parent
November 09, 2006
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- submitted by a parent
no rating January 24, 2006
Summit has a 'no cut' policy for sports teams. The Admissions Office is very helpful. Summit has more National Merit Scholars (by percentage) that any other Cincinnati school.

- submitted by a parent
November 01, 2005
Summit provides a sterling academic program, and has a heavy emphasis on educating the whole child -- academically, spiritually, artistically, physically and socially. Parents are heavily involved in all aspects of Summit's programs. The art programs are wonderful. Children also develop great poise and confidence at a young age. Highly recommended and well worth the hefty price tag.

- submitted by a parent
April 18, 2005
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- submitted by a former student
March 09, 2005
This is a very good school with a very positive environment. I highly recommend that you send your child here if you are looking for an environment where there is a deep connection between the teachers and students. The teachers at this school show that they care about the education of your child and really do take pride in their work. They provide a lot of opportunities for the children here. The only problem with this school is that it needs more diversity in students and faculty. Other than that the school is one of the most outstanding in the area of Cincinnati.

- submitted by a student
August 15, 2004
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The Summit Country Day School
2161 Grandin Rd, Cincinnati, OH  45208
(513) 871-4700
Last modified The Summit Country Day School is a Private school that serves grades PK-12
The Summit Country Day School Rating: 4 out of 5 based on 42 reviews.