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Summit Signature Programs

Faculty devoted to high standards, state-of-the-art resources, outstanding curriculum and an enthusiastic learning community have resulted in many distinctive programs that make The Summit Country Day School unique among private and public schools in Cincinnati. These Signature Programs epitomize The Summit’s dedication to academic excellence while fulfilling its mission to challenge students to develop spiritually, academically, physically, socially and artistically.

Montessori Program


teacher and toddler student2-year-old Toddler Program

The Montessori School is one of a few schools in Greater Cincinnati where of university-trained Montessori curriculum experts offer an educational program for two-year olds.


student and teacher buildingEnrichment Program

Specially-trained teachers in the Montessori School’s Enrichment Program build on the core-curriculum to present in-depth, higher-level instruction to absorbent young minds.


student playing xylophoneOrff Music Approach

Children in the Montessori School tap into their natural instincts to make music by playing instruments, improvising, moving and singing through the Orff Schulwerk Music Approach.


Lower School


teacher and students stacking cupsConceptual Math

The Conceptual Math curriculum developed at The Summit exceeds national standards. It draws upon research-based pedagogy, years of successful experience from specially trained faculty and globally recognized best practices.  


three students readingFive Star Reading

Five Star Reading is an intense literacy program in the Lower School that emphasizes having fun while teaching individual students how to read increasingly difficult texts with understanding and fluency.


students gardeningGarden for the Good

The Lower School’s Garden for the Good combines provides lessons in environmental stewardship, nutrition and art, while offering a forum for a character-building community service project.


students in lineStudent-led Conferences

The Lower School’s Student-led Conferences emphasize responsibility for learning, independence, presentation and relationships with parents and teachers.


Middle School


student doing an experimentSTEM

STEM has been incorporated into math and science classes throughout the Middle School, but the focus of the STEM program is a pair of classes that help seventh and eighth graders make a connection between science, technology, engineering and math.


Latin studentsLatin Program

Awards won by the Latin Program at the Middle School have brought national recognition to The Summit.
 


students in a bandBand Program

The Middle School Band Program is led by a nationally-recognized clarinetist who performs with the Dayton Philharmonic Orchestra.
 


students with adviserAdvisement Program

The Advisement Program makes every member of the Middle School faculty a champion for a small support group of students who meet regularly throughout the year.


Upper School


Students in research labScience Research Institute

The Science Research Institute gives motivated students a head-start on college-level scientific research and writing. Students connect with mentors in Cincinnati’s scientific community who provide authentic laboratory research experiences.


Student doing a robot handSenior Search

Senior Search is a special opportunity outside the classroom in which Upper School students can demonstrate independent study skills by designing their own learning experience.


Upper School Latin StudentsLatin Program

Awards won by the Latin Program at the Upper School have brought national recognition to The Summit.
 


Student speaking in a pulpitChapel Talks

Chapel Talks, a rite of passage for many students in the Upper School, is the culmination of a sequenced oratory program called SOLEIL.


All-School Programs


Character Education

Our Character Education Program is a multi-year immersion in character traits through curriculum and campus life activities from preschool through 12th grade. Teaching character education opens students' minds to new experiences, diversity, acceptance and curiosity.


Student holding a flash card of world languageWorld Language

The Summit aims to produce high-school graduates with strong proficiency in French or Spanish through a 13-year World Language program.


Student writingWriting Program

The Summit’s Writing Program lets students find their voice through a fusion of time-tested writing approaches from preschool to 12th grade.


Students in matching shirtsSocial Skills

Social Skills are intentionally taught through a purposeful approach in the classroom and in the community to re-enforce skills taught at home. The program delivers on the mission statement challenge to help students develop socially so they grow in both grace and wisdom.


Students and teacher in classroomPersonalized Instruction

We tailor instruction to each individual so every graduate walks away with the tools needed to succeed in college and an understanding of how to continue learning as they face the challenges of a changing world.