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Lower School 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 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.


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.


Scouts holding flagsCharacter Education

Character Education is a way of life at The Summit, where part of the core mission is to help students become people of character who value and improve the world they inherit.


Students falling in lineWorld Language

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


Students 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.


Friendly studentsSocial 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.


Teacher working with studentsPersonalized 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.