Mission, Philosophy, & History

The Summit Prep

History of The Summit Prep


  • • Parents join together to develop Independent School of Springfield, a unique educational opportunity in Springfield, Missouri emphasizing the joy of learning.


  • • The Summit Preparatory School of Southwest Missouri opens.
  • • The Summit moves to the education wing of Wesley United Methodist Church in southwest Springfield.


  • • The Summit forms an upper school program serving 6th through 8th grade.


  • • A High School program is created.


  • • A Pre-Kindergarten program is added.
  • • The Summit moves to Chesterfield Village to accommodate it's growing enrollment.


  • • A Beginners program, ages 3 and 4, opens to create a complete Early Learners program.


  • • The Summit is awarded full membership in ISACS.
  • • The Summit graduates first class of high school seniors.


  • • The Summit adds an Athletic Program, with 7th-12th Grade MSHSAA Sports .
  • • The Summit begins a partnership with Missouri State University to bring Mandarin students into the classroom every month.


  • • The Summit hires Mr. Robert Gronniger to lead The Summit Prep.
  • • The Summit High School Soar program begins to accommodate high school students wishing to dual enroll in college.
  • • 2014-15 Academic Year marks the ten year anniversary of The Summit Preparatory School.

Our Mission

The mission of The Summit Preparatory School is to prepare learners for success by providing a progressive education in a uniquely challenging and supportive environment.

Our Vision

Inspire life-long learners.

Our Philosophy

The Summit engages each learner in reaching his or her highest potential. Summit learners develop curiosity, creativity, and critical-thinking skills, establishing a strong intellectual and social-emotional foundation.  Collaboration with others and effective communication of independent thought are modeled and encouraged.  Summit learners are partners in the process of discovering and constructing knowledge with educators providing a balance of autonomy and structure, ensuring students feel both challenged and supported.  The Summit welcomes parents as active participants in the learning community.

The Summit Learner Profile

  • Successfully meets challenges
  • Solves problems creatively
  • Thinks critically and analytically
  • Displays intellectual curiosity
  • Collaborates effectively
  • Develops growth mindset
  • Demonstrates strong values, character
  • Exhibits strong communication skills
  • Exhibits independence
  • Demonstrates positive leadership
  • Pursues lifelong learning