We Are Summit

Summit Schools is the only accredited, private, independent, non-parochial PreKindergarten-Middle School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. For over 25 years our multisensory approach to learning allows our students to excel while providing special attention to the individual needs and gifts of each child. Families choose Summit Schools for an educational approach that customizes learning for each student’s strengths, needs, skills, and interests.

By integrating mindfulness and the appropriate use of technology into education, we aim to empower our students to affect positive change and become future community leaders. At Summit, children learn to become the architects of their own learning.

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Mission Statement:

Summit Schools empowers each student to exceed their academic, social, and emotional goals to ensure a lifetime of success and personal fulfillment.

Vision Statement:

Empowering individuals to succeed in the global community by fostering critical thinking, problem solving, and creativity both independently and collaboratively.

After watching our son struggle the last few years and uncovering some learning issues, we knew we had to find the right educational fit for him. My husband and I had planned on visiting a few schools to see what our options were and how they would help our son. Summit was our first and LAST stop!

Kathleen R., Summit Parent

My child is able to be challenged while being supported in such a thoughtful, caring way that he has excelled in the classroom. Some of the things we LOVE about Summit are Ms. Pat, Ms. Larisa, Y.A.L.E., service learning, Flex Fridays, Ms. Rachel’s school lunches, the ski trip and the fact that they let kids be kids. They expect kind, caring, inclusive people and that is what they help create.

Cassie M., Summit Parent

As parents, we have choices when it comes to our children’s education. We choose Summit for the individual attention, initially drawn by the small class sizes and project-based learning. We have come to value not only the academic excellence, but also the social and emotional development that the Summit environment promotes. From mindfulness to character training, we’ve witnessed our children gain confidence and excitement for learning. Summit values each individual student and fosters growth within a nurturing community. Finding Summit has been pivotal in the lives of our children and a true blessing for our family.

Janelle C., Summit Parent

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Summit celebrates its 25th anniversary, and students, parents, and faculty explain the difference a Summit education and experience can make.

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Summit Schools fills an educational niche not available elsewhere in the public or private sector in this area. Your gift helps ensure the viability of our unique educational curriculum which tailors teaching methods to a student’s individual learning styles.