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Challenging Every Child

Children in grades 1-4 thrive in an experiential environment designed to leverage their natural curiosity and joy of learning. Empowered problem solvers and collaborators are encouraged to think big, synthesize and test ideas and celebrate the learning process.  Academics integrated with movement, fine arts, character- based leadership and faith formation are woven together into a seamless experience of personalized growth. 

Experience The Summit

As an independent school, we continue our founding traditions as a Notre Dame community. The heart of our mission is to educate leaders of character who will value and improve the world they inherit. Here in a warm, inclusive culture, every child is known, their God-given talents are valued and relationships flourish.

Academic Excellence

High expectations deliver outstanding results

Academic Excellence

High Expectations Deliver Outstanding Results.

Highly-trained faculty

include specialists in math, literacy and outdoor learning.

small class sizes

provide greater opportunities for individualized instruction.

High-impact instructional best practices

such as our signature Five Star Reading and Conceptual Math programs as well as experiential learning in our Collaboratory and Exploratarium.

A rigorous, mission-centered curriculum

is delivered using data-driven instruction to maximize each child's learning potential.

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Spiritual Growth

Inclusive Community Fosters Values and Guides Faith Formation

Spiritual Growth

Values-based experiences guide faith formation.

RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CURRICULUM

guides preparation for Catholic sacraments, spiritual and intellectual development.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISCOVERY & REFLECTION

through liturgies, retreats, missions and student-led prayer services.

CHAPLAIN AND SPECIALIZED FACULTY

mentor students through discussion, reflection, prayer and sacraments.

WARM AND INCLUSIVE CULTURE

empowers students with opportunities to exercise empathy and acceptance.

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Leaders of Character

MISSION CHALLENGES ALL TO BE PEACEMAKERS, CHANGEMAKERS

Leaders of Character

Mission challenges all to be peacemakers, changemakers.

CROSS-DIVISIONAL APPROACH

Our Leaders of Character program is embedded throughout the school and focuses on three behaviors that contribute to personal development: Serves God, Builds Community, Grows Self. 

SERVES GOD

As leaders of character rooted in the tradition of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, we demonstrate that God is good by taking time to grow in our faith, pray and reflect; giving thanks and giving back; modeling integrity; and prioritizing the common good. 

BUILDS COMMUNITY

As leaders of character, we create community among those with whom we work and serve by being considerate, honoring the dignity and sacredness of each person, seeking to include others, cooperating with each other and clearly articulating ourselves. 

GROWS SELF

At The Summit, we educate for life and understand that leaders of character seek continued growth, which entails knowing ourselves and our God-given gifts, taking responsibility for our words and actions, managing our time and our stress, opening ourselves up to new ideas, learning from our mistakes and embracing the creative process. 

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Physical, Social, Emotional Wellness

Vibrant Community of Highly Engaged Students

Physical & Social, Emotional Wellness

Bring out the best for the whole child in every child.

PROMOTION OF DAILY PHYSICAL ACTIVITY

through movement, mindfulness and healthy lifestyle habits.

EXTENSIVE PROGRAMS IN THE ARTS

integrates music, movement, speech, drama and visual arts to empower inventive expression.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND SOCIAL SKILLS

taught and modeled to embed self-regulation.

A CULTURE OF EXTRAORDINARY CARE

supports and prepares students for transition to middle school.

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Summit Signatures

Highly-trained faculty, state-of-the-art resources and innovative curriculum have resulted in distinctive experiences that make The Summit Country Day School's opportunities unique.

Available in all grades

18m - K

Grades 1-4

Grades 5-8

Grades 9-12

BEYOND THE SCHOOL DAY: SUPERVISED EXTRACURRICULARS 

  • Clubs: Service Club, Brownies, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts and Cheerleading.

  • After School Specials: Offered through our Extended Day program, children explore new activities such as yoga, dance, Chinese, chess, Scratch coding, robotics and art.
  • Homework Start: Certified teachers provide active assistance.
  • Youth Athletics: The kindergarten to sixth grade athletic program is parent-run and gives students an opportunity to learn about a variety of sports.  
  • Before School Care: Available in our Extended Day Center.
  • After School Care: Available in our Extended Day Center. 

EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

Our Exploratarium makerspace bustles with robotics teams, breakout teams collaborating to find answers to social studies clues, iLab experiences in orienteering and Ozobot coding. Students tend to the Garden for the Good, learning about soil composition, companion planting and harvesting the produce they have grown to support local food pantries.  

Meet The Teachers

Highly-trained faculty, state-of-the-art resources and innovative curriculum have resulted in distinctive programs that make The Summit Country Day School's opportunities unique.
Julia Almaguer

Julia Almaguer

Math Specialist
Donna Doran

Donna Doran

Music Teacher, IGknight Teacher
Colleen Kane

Colleen Kane

Second Grade Teacher
Elizabeth Ko

Elizabeth Ko

School Counselor