Enriching the Child: Grades 1 through 4

The Lower School, grades one through four, builds carefully on the Montessori framework, and collaborates closely with Montessori faculty to ensure a smooth, seamless transition. Students in grades one through four receive a more substantive introduction to computers, and to the core elements of The Summit's academic curriculum: language arts, math, foreign language, science, social studies, fine arts, physical education, and religion.

Our Lower School is enhanced by The Summit's state-of-the-art facility. Designed to provide a completely child-centered learning experience, the new building features large, roomy classrooms that allow for interaction and hands-on learning; science labs filled with the latest equipment; and a bright, spacious library. Faculty and teaching assistants are all state-certified; small class sizes guarantee that every student receives plenty of individualized attention.


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Five Star Reading

Unique to The Summit, the Five Star Reading Program combines best-practice techniques to continuously and appropriately challenge young readers. Reading proficiency, vocabulary and critical thinking skills advance every day as Summit students progress from learning to read to reading to learn.

Character Education Program

Character Education Program

The Summit has been educating leaders of character since 1890. Our formal Character Education Program is a multi-year immersion in character traits throughout curriculum and campus life activities that open the young minds of students to new experiences, diversity, acceptance and curiosity.

Garden for the Good

Garden for the Good

The Garden for the Good combines science, art and community service. The garden serves as an outdoor classroom, providing the basis for inquiry-based lessons on environmental stewardship, plant and animal life, nutrition and energy while offering opportunities for artistic expression. Food grown by students is donated to food pantries.