Upper School

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Preparing for a Lifetime of Success

Students in our Upper School have an abundance of opportunities to excel and lead through rigorous academics, competitive athletics and extracurriculars. Highly trained faculty challenge students to reach their full potential. We offer 24 Advanced Placement classes, the  unique-in-city Schiff Family Science Research Institute, a number of signature programs and an emphasis on character-based leadership and creative problem-solving.

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

has an average of 20 years teaching experience.

small class sizes

often delivered in seminar-style.

High-impact instructional best practices

result in 100% of graduating class accepted to colleges. Alumni report they are better prepared than their peers for college.

A rigorous, mission-centered curriculum

delivered through college preparatory classes including 24 Advanced Placement classes.

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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

emphasizes spiritual and intellectual growth, social justice, morality and world religions.

OPPORTUNITIES FOR DISCOVERY & REFLECTION

through liturgies, mission trips, student-led prayer services and an annual three-day retreat.

CHAPLAIN AND SPECIALIZED FACULTY

include a dedicated Upper School campus minister.

WARM AND INCLUSIVE CULTURE

empower 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.

NOTRE DAME-INSPIRED COMMUNITY SERVICE

includes 48 hours engaging within the community.

CROSS-DIVISIONAL LEADERSHIP CURRICULUM

includes leadership and former "Soleil" oratory program which culminate in the opportunity for each senior to give a Chapel Talk.

GRADE-LEVEL CHARACTER TRAIT PROGRAM

emphasizes values of patience, humility, compassion and gratitude.

CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING

empowers students to use innovative thinking and ingenuity.

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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 our no-cut sports policy; 90% of freshmen participate; 83% overall participation in team sports.

EXTENSIVE PROGRAMS IN THE ARTS

includes award-winning programs in instrumental music, choir, fine arts and performing arts.

EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AND SOCIAL SKILLS

developed through an advisor and four-year advisement group, grouped by interests and talents. 

A CULTURE OF EXTRAORDINARY CARE

offers extensive academic and extracurricular opportunities to celebrate each student's interests and helps them transition to college.

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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

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.
Nick Accrocco

Nick Accrocco

College Counseling Director
Bonnie Pang

Bonnie Pang

Chinese Teacher
Cliff Pope

Cliff Pope

Assistant Upper School Director
Jessica Replogle

Jessica Replogle

Schiff Family Science Research Institute Head
Laura Samuels

Laura Samuels

Resources Program Coordinator
Kurtis Smith

Kurtis Smith

Religion & Leadership Teacher
Karen Suder

Karen Suder

Biology Teacher
Mike Thomas

Mike Thomas

Technology Teacher

Student Life

Leadership is taught and practiced as students engage in opportunities that range from student government, school dances, tutoring of inner-city students, making meals for the homeless and launching rockets from Williams Field. Some students may choose to serve Mass or compete in statewide competitions in math, science, languages and social studies. Others will dance in the chorus of the spring musical. Others will choose competitive athletics. And other students will dance in the chorus of the spring musical or choose to be part of competitive athletic teams.

Leadership

What differentiates The Summit from other schools not only the opportunity to participate in an array of activities but many changes to step up to the call of leadership. Our Student Leadership Board is comprised of representatives of our various clubs and organizations who work with faculty and staff moderators to provide programming with the intention to advance The Summit’s mission and Upper School themes.

Clubs

Summit culture encourages students to stretch beyond their comfort zone and explore new interests. We want all students to find something that interests them, and if not, we encourage our students to start something new. Clubs are student-led, and so they vary from year to year.

See the most recent list of teams and clubs here.

Science Research Institute

Learn about the advanced curriculum of our unique-in-Cincinnati Schiff Family Science Research Institute and read student blogs about their research opportunities in area laboratories.

College Counseling

Read about our four-year College Counseling program and learn more about our graduate outcomes.