Lower School
Kindergarten through 5th Grade

At The Summit, our Lower School curriculum – for students in kindergarten through elementary school (5th grade) – is designed around thematic inquiry. This approach allows for a year-long exploration of topics in science and social studies while promoting depth of learning and enabling cross-curricular integration with language arts and mathematics. Within these themes, Lower School curriculum and instruction are adapted to student strengths, interests, and needs.

Lower School Classroom Environment

Adopting a progressive framework, our K-5 Lower School classrooms are student-centered where students serve as active participants. Through thematic inquiry, students’ interests and understandings guide the learning process. Critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and problem solving are emphasized. The open physical environment of our classrooms supports flexible use of space, cross-grade level collaboration, and project-based learning.

Our elementary school classrooms – along with all classes and grade levels are welcoming, safe, and operate as a community in which each member is valued and respected. Character education is integrated throughout the day as students are supported in developing social emotional competencies including cooperation, assertiveness, responsibility, empathy, and self-control. Students are encouraged to assume leadership roles and engage in service learning, working together to execute school-wide and grade-level projects.

Lower School Faculty & Parent Involvement

The Summit welcomes all parents as active participants in the learning community. Lower School faculty work diligently to foster ongoing relationships with students and their parents, forming a valuable partnership. Our Lower School faculty have over 50 years of combined experience and hold degrees in early childhood, elementary, and middle school education, as well as in art, music, Spanish, and physical education.

Goals for Lower School Students

  • Discover the Joy of Learning
  • Develop a Strong Academic Foundation
  • Build Skills in Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity 
  • Increase Independence and Self-Motivation
  • Develop a Growth Mindset
  • Foster Social-Emotional Intelligence

Explore Our Class Blogs

We invite parents, students, and all prospective families looking to enroll their students in one of the best private elementary school programs  in Springfield, MO to explore what our kindergartners and our first grade through fifth grade students are learning through our classroom blogs. These blogs are updated by our faculty throughout the school year, so check back regularly for the latest in Lower School news! 

Lower School Snapshots

Lower School Quick Facts (Kindergarten - 5th Grade)

Grade Levels

K – 5th

class size

Capped at 18

Class times

8:45 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.



Dress Code

Polo top with Summit logo and khaki or navy bottoms






P.E. & Yoga

Daily Spanish

outdoor time

Minimum of 30 minutes exploring outside each day

Contact Us

Interested in enrolling a kindergarten, primary school, or elementary school student in our Lower School program? Fill out our contact form to get in touch with us. We’ll be happy to work with you in scheduling a tour, answering any questions you might have, or providing you with more information about The Summit’s approach to independent education.

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