About The Summit Prep

Small | Independent | Progressive


Head of School:
Robert E. Gronniger



44% of faculty members hold or are pursuing post graduate degrees.

Dress Code:
Polo tops with Summit logo & khaki or navy bottoms

3-year-olds through 12th grade

Class Times:
 8:45 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Beginners & PreK Half Day
8:45 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Office Hours:
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Extended Day Options (additional charges apply):
Before school beginning at 7:30 a.m.
After school until 5:30 p.m.
After School Clubs

Summit ACT Average:
(MO State Average: 20.4)

High School Graduation Rate:

Student Ethnic Diversity:
81% Caucasian
9% Asian
5% Latin American
2% Middle Eastern
2% Eastern European 
1% Mixed Race

Student Gender:
57% Female
43% Male

updated September 2017



What Makes The Summit Unique?

The Summit Preparatory School is an independent school. The main advantage of an independent school is the ability to concentrate on meeting the needs and aspirations of pupils, rather than spending too much time on government-imposed targets. Faculty and staff at The Summit know YOUR child and work diligently to create a learning environment that fosters the enjoyment of learning for all of the students. Student success involves a partnership between faculty, students, and families.

SMALL Classes

  • Teachers know the individual strength of each student and help students recognize their opportunities to grow.
  • Strong parent/student/teacher communication enables students to progress to their highest potential.
  • A student’s ownership and responsibility for their learning increases as they mature.
  • Teachers account for each individual’s personal goals and abilities.


  • An integrated curriculum and thematic learning approach engages students and secures deeper subject knowledge.
  • Learning is integrated across subjects and grade levels.
  • The fully-accredited and unique to the area curriculum combines the best of state, national, and global models to create an ideal offering at each grade and a flexible environment to meet and challenge students’ skill levels.
  • De-emphasizing textbooks in favor of varied learning resources equals more time spent on hands-on learning.
  • Varied and holistic forms of assessment with frequent parent/teacher communication means parents are aware of their child’s progress.
  • Education is more than reading, writing, and arithmetic; there is a strong emphasis on quality special classes including Music, Art, Spanish, and life-long Fitness.

PROGRESSIVE Approach to Learning Curriculum


  • A “student as partner” learning philosophy builds accountability and collaboration in finding students’ passions and strengths and a deeper understanding of themselves.
  • Teachers emphasize learning by doing – hands-on projects, expeditionary learning, experiential learning.
  • Problem solving, critical thinking, and creativity are integral to learning.
  • Students locate, analyze, synthesize, and apply information.
  • Students utilize technology productively and appropriately.
  • Students develop skills to communicate effectively.
  • Teachers focus on deep understanding and action as the goals of learning as opposed to rote knowledge.
  • The Summit values collaboration and cooperative learning projects with attention to social responsibility and service.
  • Lifelong learning is an important pursuit.
  • Graduates receive more than a diploma; The Summit Alumni enter college with the modern skills necessary for true success within and beyond the classroom.