FAQS

Frequently Asked Questions Answered

FAQS2019-02-27T12:11:27-06:00
How are children divided up in summer camps?2021-03-25T10:19:56-05:00

Children will be divided up by ages/grades in all summer camps.

Summit Financial Aid2021-04-13T14:11:26-05:00

Summit offers financial aid from two pools: income-based and special case-based. Financial Aid applications are considered in each pool. 

Income-Based Financial Aid:

Summit, together with Scattergood Friends School, is part of the Independent School Association of Eastern Iowa School Tuition Organization, Inc. (EISTO). Our STO enables us to provide funding to eligible families whose income during the previous calendar year (determined by most recently completed tax information) does not exceed an amount equal to four times the most recently published federal poverty guidelines so that their children can attend Summit. This can vary each year. 

2021 STO qualifying calculations are as follows:

Number in Family Poverty Guideline STO (400%)
1 $12,880 $51,520
2 $17,420 $69,680
3 $21,960 $87,840
4 $26,500 $106,000
5 $31,040 $124,160
6 $35,580 $142,320
7 $40,120 $160,480
8 $44,660 $178,640
9 $49,200 $196,800
10 $53,740 $214,960

 

The EISTO is a 501(c)3 organization formed to help qualifying families who seek a private education for their children that otherwise may be financially out of reach. As such, STOs are charitable organizations created to receive cash contributions from individual Iowa tax payers, and then allocate those funds to eligible families who attend accredited non-public schools represented by the STO. The amount of funds an STO is allowed to raise each year is based on the certified enrollments of each school in the STO and determined by the state of Iowa.

Special Case-Based Financial Aid:

Summit recognizes that from time to time, families may experience financial hardships. We try to raise funds specifically for these times. It is never guaranteed that these funds will be available from year to year.

Tuition was lowered significantly in 2020 in an effort to try to match what the market could bear for tuitions. As a financial aid committee, it is our goal to offer a financial aid award that adjusts tuition within 10% of the family’s AGI.

Summit’s Financial Aid Application may be emailed or dropped off at the school. Financial aid is still available for qualified families. Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis. We encourage you to apply early, although we do reserve some funding for late admits.

What are Summer Camp payment options and refund policies?2021-04-13T14:14:43-05:00
  • June camps will be confirmed May 21, 2021.
  • July camps will be confirmed June 25, 2021.
    Notice of cancelled camps (due to insufficient enrollment) will be sent to the e-mail provided during registration. All camps cancelled by Summit Schools will be refunded in full.
  • NO REFUNDS will be issued after May 21, 2021 but a credit will be allotted to the family’s account to be used during Summit’s 2021 summer camps.
  • Waitlists are held until enough registrations have been collected to open an additional section(s) and staffing has been secured.
  • Students registered by May 17, 2021 will receive a free Summit Summer Camps T-shirt. Students registered after that date will receive a T-shirt while supplies last.
How does Extended Day Care work? Can my child stay for that if I’m running late from work?2021-02-23T09:54:16-06:00

Before and after camp extended day care for students is available through pre-purchase only. “Drop-ins” will only be accepted if spots are available in accordance with DHS guidelines and must be paid for upon drop-off or pick-up. 

Do you have a paper form for registration?2021-02-23T11:04:09-06:00

Our registration is an online system: Summit Summer Camp Registration.  If you need assistance with registration, please contact Summit Schools: summercamps@summitschools.org or call us at 319-294-2036 and we’d be happy to help.

Do you have scholarships or financial aid available for Summer Camps?2021-02-23T12:40:53-06:00

Unfortunately, we do not have scholarships or financial aid available for Summer Camps.

Do Summit teachers teach your Summer Camps? How many students are in a camp?2020-02-28T09:29:56-06:00

We carefully select experienced teachers who have strong skills working with children. Some Summit teachers will return to instruct over the summer. Our class sizes are 16 students max to one teacher to ensure quality instruction takes place.

 

Is full payment required at the time of registration?2021-02-23T12:52:29-06:00

All camps must be paid in full.

How do I know if a camp is full before I register my child?2020-02-27T11:53:43-06:00

Our registration site will only list those classes that are not full. For classes that are full, you will see a waitlist option.

Do you have camps that are offered on a week-to-week basis?2020-02-27T11:47:50-06:00

Yes, depending on the type of camp. Academic camps are offered in four-week sessions. Themed and Healthy Life & Rec camps are offered on a weekly basis. Please see our Summer Camp flyer for more information.

What grade should I select when registering my child?2021-02-23T09:57:31-06:00

Please choose the grade your child will enter in the 2021/2022 academic school year. Camps are for K-6th graders, although recently graduated 6th graders may also enroll.

Where do Summit students go after 8th grade?2020-02-04T16:58:19-06:00

Upon completion of 8th grade, Summit students have integrated well into both public and private schools. Summit students adapt well in larger environments as they have already experienced what a community of learners looks like and have developed leadership skills as well as a sense of urgency.

Why should I consider paying for an independent education for my child?2020-02-04T16:53:15-06:00

Students at Summit grow in an environment that values each learner as a unique individual. Students at Summit are supported as they come to learn how they learn best. Students are taught the skills of self-advocacy, and as a result, are able to find and express their student voice. A core belief at Summit is that the best educational investment a parent can make is one that ensures a lifelong love of learning. That all starts with a strong early education program. Students transferring to Summit love the small class sizes that allow them to find their own unique learning style and to participate in the community more fully.

Who attends Summit Schools?2020-02-04T16:50:03-06:00

Summit is an educational environment with rich diversity. We have a history of families from countries outside the US who attend Summit, including families speaking languages other than English in the home. Currently, our students travel from 8 different school districts to attend Summit each day and come to us with all types of gifts and talents. At Summit we value all types of learners and work closely with each student as an individual.