High School

The Summit High School program is aimed at preparing students for success in college and beyond. Graduates of The Summit’s High School program demonstrate important 21st century skills, including critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, communication, collaboration, character, and citizenship. Our progressive, inquiry-based model focuses on student-led, project-based learning through a challenging, integrated curriculum with opportunities for experiential learning and community engagement. Summit high school students participate in college preparatory courses enriched by a collaborative learning environment with teachers who are experts in their fields. Our high school faculty have over 50 years of combined experience in education and hold advanced degrees in teaching, STEM Education, American History, and mathematics as well as degrees in English, business, art, music, Spanish, and physical education. In high school, faculty serve as facilitators as students take responsibility and initiative for their own research, writing, and presentations. 

Through our unique and challenging program, small class sizes, and personalized guidance counseling, we meet the needs of each student and provide a well-rounded approach to education. A critical component of progressive and independent education includes civic engagement. In addition to leadership opportunities with The Summit’s Student Council, high school students participate in job shadow experiences, internships, and service learning. Community partnerships such as Cox Hospital’s Medical Explorers, GO CAPS (Greater Ozarks Centers for Advanced Professional Studies), and the Springfield Leadership Academy allow students to gain career insight and valuable experiences while building connections with local businesses for future talent.

Goals for High School Students

  • Inspire the Joy of Learning in Others
  • Prove Advanced Academic Mastery
  • Excel in Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity 
  • Model Responsible, Global-Minded Citizenship
  • Exhibit Independence, Responsibility, and Self-Motivation
  • Embody Growth Mindset and Social-Emotional Intelligence
  • Demonstrate College Preparedness

High School students may choose to register in the Soar Program, which provides flexibility regarding where high school credits are earned. Soar students earn credits toward their high school diploma by taking approved courses on and off our campus at local colleges, universities, and other accredited organizations. These students work with The Summit Guidance Counselor and their faculty mentor to develop a Guided Learning Plan toward graduation and establish a communication plan to monitor student progress and assess learning.

High School Course Descriptions

Dual Credit & Dual Enrollment Policy

Seal of Biliteracy Requirements

For more information on our High School program, check out our School Profile

Grade Levels


class size

Capped at 18 

Class times

8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.



Dress Code

School spirit wear with denim or khaki/navy bottoms

credits needed


ACT Average


Graduation Rate


Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Total Credits: 28 -- Mathematics (4), Science (4), English (4), Social Studies (4), Foreign Language (2), Fine Art (1), Practical Art (1), Physical Education (1), Personal Finance (0.5), Health & Wellness (0.5), Electives (6)

Grade Point Average

Grade Point Average (GPA)

GPA is computed using only core academic classes taught at The Summit and based on a 4.0 scale. Integrated Arts classes (Physical Education, Music, Art, Performing Arts), Service Learning and/or Internship, and courses taken outside of The Summit are graded as Pass/Fail. The Summit does not use weighted grades for any classes including dual credit or dual enrollment. All classes are taught at an honors level; "non-honors" tracks are not available.



All high school students take the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT) annually, in preparation for taking the ACT and/or SAT when applying for college. The average ACT test score for Summit high school students is 28.5.

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