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 is a small, progressive, independent school that cares beyond the completion of required courses to the development and future of the whole child, teaching not only the skills for academic success, but more importantly how to overcome challenges, solve problems, and pursue lifelong achievement.
We believe the following qualities are important for success in college and in life. These qualities are developed over the long term.

Intellectual Curiosity: Developing a passion for lifelong learning, joy of learning, asking why, pursuing passions, finding connections, and embracing diversity in all of its forms

Critical Thinking: Challenging assumptions and orthodoxies, creative problem solving, tackling open ended problems and taking on the unknown

Growth Mindset: Recognizing successes and failures as an outcome of effort rather than a reflection of a person’s immutable self

Independence: Being self-reliant, responsible, self-aware, self-disciplined, and on the path to self discovery

Connected: Able to succeed as a member of a team and a community, demonstrating leadership and stewardship, being of service to those in need, and tackling social responsibility