Upper School

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, two Centers for Excellence — Schiff Family Science Research Institute and Homan Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership — a number of signature programs and an emphasis on character-based leadership and creative problem-solving.

Take the Next Step

Please explore our website to learn why we have been named No. 1 Catholic High School in Ohio for five consecutive years. Or take the next step by contacting our Admission Office to sign up for an event or take a personal tour.

# 1 Catholic High School in Ohio 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023

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.


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


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


include a dedicated Upper School campus minister.


empower students with opportunities to exercise empathy and acceptance.

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Leaders of Character


Leaders of Character

Mission challenges all to be peacemakers, changemakers.


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. 


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. 


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. 


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.


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


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


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


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.
Amy Girkin

Amy Girkin

Physics Teacher
Bob Jablonski

Bob Jablonski

Homan Center for Entrepreneurship Head
Bonnie Pang

Bonnie Pang

Chinese Teacher
Cliff Pope

Cliff Pope

Assistant Upper School Director; Football, Assistant Coach
Jessica Replogle

Jessica Replogle

Schiff Family Science Research Institute Head
Kurtis Smith

Kurtis Smith

Religion & Leadership Teacher; Cross Country, Head Coach; Indoor Track, Assistant Coach; Track, Assistant Coach
Karen Suder

Karen Suder

Biology 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.


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.


Summit culture encourages students to explore new interests. We want all students find something that interests them or to start a club about a topic that aligns with their passions. Clubs are student-led across various interest areas and 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.