About The Summit Preparatory School

The world looks different from here.

At The Summit Preparatory School, we teach to a vision, not a test. As an independent school that strives to create a unique academic experience, our progressive approach to education is centered around the value of a student-led learning environment where the interests and abilities of the whole child are cultivated. Our teachers work across subjects to create well-rounded, integrated curricula and hands-on learning experiences that nurture curiosity, creativity, and critical thinking in every student.

An accredited private school in Springfield, Missouri

The Summit is the only fully accredited independent school offering full-time seated instruction in Springfield, Ozark, Nixa, Rogersville, and the greater Southwest Missouri area. Our private school setting offers a challenging curriculum in a supportive environment.

The Summit Quick Facts

From the hands-on structure of our courses to the success of our students, we’ve outlined some of our top fast facts about The Summit Preparatory School.



Head of School

Kathryn M. Heet, Ed.D 

Pre k - 12th Enrollment




Dress Code

Polo tops with Summit logo & khaki or navy bottoms

Class Times

8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

ACT Average


Graduation Rate


Our students see things from a unique vantage.

Everything at The Summit is designed to help students experience the joy of learning in a way that challenges them to think critically and creatively. Together, our three pillars of small classes, independent curriculum, and progressive approach to learning create the foundation of student success. Explore the three pillars of education at The Summit below and learn more about the community your student will be a part of.

Small Classes

With our intentionally small class sizes (averaging 15 students per grade level with a maximum of 18 students), our teachers are able to learn the individual strengths and opportunities of each student to encourage their growth and success. Some benefits of The Summit’s small class sizes include:

Independent Curriculum

Our unique-to-the-area curriculum combines the best of state, national, and global education models to create ideal grade level offerings that challenge each student. Below are some of the most important points on our focus on independent curricula and learning.

Progressive Approach to Learning

A “student-as-partner” learning philosophy at The Summit builds accountability and collaboration in finding students’ passions and in gaining a deeper understanding of themselves. Some benefits and important pillars of progressive learning include:

Student Diversity

Racial Diversity

80% Caucasian

5% Two or More Races

4% Hispanic

3% Middle Eastern

2% Black/African American

Gender Diversity

51% Female

49% Male

Socio-Economic Diversity

30% of the student population receives reduced tuition

Learning Beyond the Classroom

As both scholars and citizens, students of The Summit grow with the modern skills necessary for true success within and outside the classroom. These skills range from effective communication to proficiency in technology to being a responsible citizen.

Along with academic learning, the environment at The Summit fosters creativity, curiosity, and social responsibility. An independent, private school education from The Summit is more than just a diploma. The lifelong passion for learning we encourage at The Summit transfers over into every facet of life just as much as does in a student’s academic work.

Contact Us

Ready to learn more about The Summit Difference? Want to tour our facilities to explore what your student’s day-to-day independent learning experience might look like?

Contact us by phone, email, or the contact form below, and we will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

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