Mission, Philosophy, & History

Our Mission

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

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. 

Our History​


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 opened as a K-5 school.

The Summit moves to the education wing of Wesley United Methodist Church in southwest Springfield.


The Summit expands its academic offerings to include an Upper School program serving 6th through 8th grades. 


The Summit continues to grow its Upper School program, with the addition of high school classes. 


The Summit adds a PreKindergarten program and moves to Chesterfield Village to accommodate its growing enrollment.


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


The Summit is awarded full membership in the  Independent School Association of the Central States (ISACS).

The Summit graduates first class of high school seniors. 


The Summit adds an Athletic Program, with 7th-12th Grade MSHSAA Sports.


The Summit hires Mr. Robert Gronniger to lead The Summit Prep.

2014-15 Academic Year marks the ten year anniversary of The Summit Preparatory School. 


The Summit purchases and renovates its new campus at 202 E. Walnut Lawn Street. The first permanent home for the school

Kathryn M. Heet, Ed.D becomes the Head of School at The Summit Preparatory School. 

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