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Upper 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.


Students in research labScience Research Institute

The Science Research Institute gives motivated students a head-start on college-level scientific research and writing. Students connect with mentors in Cincinnati’s scientific community who provide authentic laboratory research experiences.


Student doing a robot handSenior Search

Senior Search is a special opportunity outside the classroom in which Upper School students can demonstrate independent study skills by designing their own learning experience.


Students listening to teacher's instructionsCharacter 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 listening in World Language classWorld Language

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


Teacher giving instructions to studentsWriting Program

The Summit’s Writing Program lets students find their voice through a fusion of time-tested writing approaches from preschool to 12th grade.


Students laughingSocial 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.


Latin studentsLatin Program

Awards won by the Latin Program at the Upper School have brought national recognition to The Summit.


Student speaking in a pulpitChapel Talks

Chapel Talks, a rite of passage for many students in the Upper School, is the culmination of a sequenced oratory program called SOLEIL.


Teacher working with a studentPersonalized 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.