The greatest gift a parent can give a child is an outstanding education embedded with character and leadership. A Summit education provides just that. As you will learn through the admission process, families find great value in The Summit experience and the distinctive ways we provide opportunities for students.

At The Summit, we recognize the significant financial commitment  made by our families. We also understand that each family has unique financial circumstances and ability to pay tuition, so we assist qualifying families with a reduction in tuition through our Tailored Tuition Program. In addition, we offer a merit and endowed scholarship program.

$4 million dollars awarded in 2018-19 to 40% of the student body. 

Preschool-Grade 12

Our Tailored Tuition Program includes traditional tuition assistance and the Aspire Family Plan. Please explore the links below to find out which program is the best fit for your family.  

Traditional tuition assistance is available to families of current or newly accepted students from age 3 through grade 12 who demonstrate need. A family’s need depends on many factors, such as income, number of dependents, other tuition expenses, unusual medical expenses, taxes, assets, liabilities, etc.

Award amounts are limited to 50 percent for preschool through grade 8 students. Awards may be combined with merit/endowed scholarships but not Aspire Family Plan.

Traditional tuition assistance is awarded on an annual basis provided the family continues to demonstrate financial need. Families of returning students must reapply for tuition assistance each year. Tuition assistance awards are typically consistent year to year, unless the family’s financial circumstances change.

New Families
Feb. 15: Preschool-grade 8 and 10-12
Dec. 5: Grade 9
After Feb. 15: Traditional assistance may be awarded on a rolling basis if funds are available.

Current Families
Dec. 1: Preschool-Grade 12
After Dec. 1: Traditional assistance may be awarded on a rolling basis if funds are available.

New Families        
Step 1:  Apply for admission. Students must first be accepted for admission. Apply here.

Step 2 : Submit the Parents Financial Statement (PFS ) along with your signed 2017, federal income tax return with all applicable schedules. The Summit code is: 7564. Submit here. By May 1, submit a signed copy of your 2018 federal income tax return with all applicable schedules. Submit here.  

Current Families 
Step 1:  Submit the Parents Financial Statement (PFS) along with a signed 2017  federal income tax return with all applicable schedules. The Summit code is: 7564. Submit here. By May 1, current families submit a signed copy of their 2018 federal income tax return with all applicable schedules. Submit here.  

Key Information

  • Failure to submit your tax information for verification on time will result in your assistance award being cancelled. All tuition assistance awards are contingent based upon receipt of these forms.
  • The Summit believes the obligation for financing an education rests primarily with the family.
  • The Summit reserves the right to alter, adjust or revoke any tuition assistance award that was based on inaccurate, false or incomplete information.
  • For parents who are separated, divorced or never married, The Summit does require that a complete PFS be submitted by each parent/family.
  • Late applicants for assistance may receive awards based on remaining funds or may be placed in a waiting pool for assistance.

At the heart of this initiative is our mission as a Catholic, independent, school. We are commited to providing access to middle and upper middle income families with multiple children enrolling in kindergarten through grade 8 who may not qualify for traditional need-based tuition assistance.   

Aspire has a streamlined application with seven questions. The first two pages of your 2017 tax returns are due at the time of application and 2018 returns are due May 1. These forms must be submitted to The Summit.  Families with more complex finances must apply online through School and Student Services (SSS). This includes families that are self-employed business owners, have rental income or any significant income not reflected on the W-2.

Families with more than one child and an adjusted gross income starting at $170,000 are encouraged to apply for Aspire if financing an independent school education long term is a concern. Many factors determine whether a family will qualify such as household income and expenses, assets and the number of children in a school that requires tuition are all considerations. Aspire awards may be combined with merit scholarships but not need-based tuition assistance. The maximum Aspire award to those who qualify is up to 50% of tuition.  

Aspire is awarded on an annual basis provided the family continues to demonstrate financial need. Families of returning students must reapply for Aspire each year.  Aspire awards are typically consistent year to year, unless the family’s financial circumstances change.
 

New Families
Feb. 15:
K-8                      
After Feb. 15: Aspire may be awarded on a rolling basis after Feb. 15 if funds are available.

Current Families
Feb. 1:
K-8
After Feb. 1: Aspire may be awarded on a rolling basis after Feb. 1 if funds are available.

New Families        
Step 1: New students apply for admission. Students must first be accepted for admission. Apply here.

Step 2: Submit the Aspire Family Plan application and non-refundable $51 fee.

Step 3: Submit the first two pages of your 2017 Federal Income Tax Return (IRS form 1040). Mail your tax return to: The Summit Country Day School, Attn. Kelley Schiess, Assistant Head of School, 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208.  Or you may fax the documents to (513) 533-5350 with a cover sheet, Attn. Kelley Schiess. Your 2017 IRS form is required for your family to be reviewed and considered for Aspire.

Step 4: As soon as possible but no later than May 1, submit the first two pages of your 2018 Federal Income Tax Return (IRS form 1040). Mail your tax return to: The Summit Country Day School, Attn. Kelley Schiess, Assistant Head of School, 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208. Or you may fax the documents to (513) 533-5350 with a cover sheet, Attn. Kelley Schiess. Your 2018 IRS form is required to complete the process.

Current Families 
Step 1: Current families applying for Aspire for the first time must submit the Aspire Family Plan application and non-refundable $51 fee.

Step 2:  Submit the first two pages of your 2017 federal income tax Return (IRS form 1040). Mail your tax return to: The Summit Country Day School, Attn. Kelley Schiess, Assistant Head of School, 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208. Or you may fax the documents to (513) 533-5350 with a cover sheet, Attn. Kelley Schiess. Your 2017 IRS form is required for your family to be reviewed and considered for Aspire.

Step 3:  As soon as possible but no later than May 1, submit the first two pages of your 2018 Federal Income Tax Return (IRS form 1040). Mail your tax return to: The Summit Country Day School, Attn. Kelley Schiess, Assistant Head of School, 2161 Grandin Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208. Or you may fax the documents to (513) 533-5350 with a cover sheet, Attn. Kelley Schiess. Your 2018 IRS form is required to complete the process.

Key Information
•    The Summit believes the obligation for financing an education rests primarily with the family.
•    The Summit reserves the right to alter, adjust or revoke any Aspire award that was based on inaccurate, false or incomplete information.
•    For parents who are separated, divorced or never married, The Summit does require that a complete Aspire application be submitted by each parent/family. 
•    Late applicants for Aspire will receive awards based on remaining funds or may be placed in a waiting pool.

Preschool-Grade 9

Students are invited to apply for merit and endowed need-based scholarships. Please explore the links below to find out which scholarship program is the best fit for your family. 

Merit scholarships will be awarded annually to highly motivated students applying for grades 4-9 who embody the values and ideals of The Summit mission. 

New Students Applying  to Grades 4-8

Merit scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $10,000 are awarded to select new students applying to grades 4-8 who demonstrate intellectual promise, outstanding character and motivation to succeed. With limited scholarships available, selection is competitive. These scholarships are renewable through grade 8, providing the recipient maintains solid academic performance and strong character. 

Students Applying to Grade 9

Merit-based scholarships ranging from $1,000-$12,000 are awarded to select Summit 8th grade students and new students applying to grade 9 who demonstrate intellectual promise, outstanding character and the motivation to succeed.  With the limited number of merit scholarships available, the selection is competitive. These scholarships are renewable through grade 12, providing the recipient maintains solid academic performance and demonstrates strong character.  

Dec. 5: Grades 9
April 1: Grades 4-8
After April 1: Scholarships may be awarded on a rolling basis to candidates applying to grades 4-8 if funds are available.

Grades 4-8 Application Procedures

•    Applicants for grades 5-8 are required to take the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Learn more here.
•    Applicants for grade 4 are required to take an internal assessment which will be scheduled through the Admission Office. 
•    Applicants for grades 4-8 are required to shadow and interview with a member of the scholarship committee. 
•    Applicants must complete the application for admission. Apply here.
•    Applicants for grades 5-8 are required to complete the scholarship essay. Submit essay here.

Grades 9-12 Application Procedures

•    Summit 8th graders and new applicants are required to take the HSPT, High School Placement Exam.  Minimum score to be considered is a 90% composite.
•    New applicants are required to shadow and interview with a member of the scholarship committee.
•    New applicants are required to complete the application for admission. Apply here.
•    Summit 8th graders and new applicants are required to complete the scholarship essay. Submit essay here.

Varying in size, endowed scholarships are primarily need-based and awarded to new applicants in preschool through grade 9. Current students may also be considered and must submit the tuition assistance application through SSS. 

Dec. 5: Grade 9
Feb. 15: Preschool through grade 8
After Feb. 15: Scholarships may be awarded on a rolling basis for candidates applying to preschool through grade 8 if funds are available.

  • All new applicants and current Summit students are required to complete the financial assistance application through SSS at NAIS. Find form here.
  • All new applicants are required to complete the application for admission. Apply here. 
  • All new applicants for grades 4-9 are required to shadow.