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Application and Admissions Process

Begin Your Path to The Summit

Families might choose to enroll their children in a private or independent school education setting for a variety of personal and philosophical reasons. If you are looking for a truly progressive learning environment that benefits from small class sizes and that strives to cultivate each student’s ability to think critically and adapt quickly, we invite you to learn more about our school by contacting us to schedule a tour.

Watch the video below to see why our families, students, and faculty love The Summit!

Our 5 Step Application Process

Wondering when you can apply? At The Summit, we are always excited to meet and welcome new families, so we use a rolling admissions cycle where new students can apply at any time during the year.  

If you’re wondering how to apply and what you need to do to get your application ready, our 5-step application process helps give us a broad understanding of each candidate’s unique considerations. Here’s what to expect during this process: 

1. Complete our online application and pay the $75 application fee.

2. The Summit will request teacher reference(s) and transcripts for those candidates who have previously attended a school, preschool, or daycare.

3. The Candidate will be evaluated over two days consisting of both a social visit and an age-appropriate academic screening.

4. A family interview will be scheduled for the parent(s)/guardian(s) during screening time.

5. Following a formal admission offer from The Summit, parent(s)/guardian(s) will respond with a completed enrollment contract, Family Commitment Document, and tuition deposit to secure their student’s space in the class.*

*Space in the classroom is not guaranteed if the enrollment contract, Family Commitment Document, and/or tuition deposit are returned past the deadline (typically within 10 days).

No person shall, on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability/handicap, or religion, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination, harassment, or retaliation in admission to the school’s educational programs, activities, and services, and in employment opportunities.

Why Choose an Independent School?

Individual attention. Close, inclusive culture. Deeper learning. There are so many benefits to choosing an independent education at any grade level. As a private school, The Summit can offer a more individualized academic experience, including smaller class sizes, independent curriculum, and progressive approaches to education. Independent schools offer unique learning opportunities for students and a close-knit, supportive community that you may not find in other schools. See answers to some of the most frequent questions asked by parents by clicking on the article below, from our Trending in Education blog

Small, Independent, Progressive: Why Choose an Independent School?

Selecting a private school for your child can be a daunting task for parents given the variety of options and educational philosophies to consider, including independent, parochial, laboratory, charter, Montessori, Waldorf, Reggio Emilia, and more. Springfield, Missouri offers several private education opportunities with The Summit serving as the only fully-accredited independent school offering five days of seated instruction...

Frequently Asked Questions

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Have an Elementary, Middle, or High School International Student?

The Summit is currently accepting students with J-1 or F-1 visas for enrollment. For more information, and to start the application and admissions process for your international student, please contact us using the form below.

Contact Us

We’re ready to welcome you and your student into The Summit Preparatory School family. If you’re ready to be part of a supportive, independent academic setting focused on lifelong learning and success, schedule a tour with us today. We’d also be happy to answer any additional questions you may have through the contact form below.

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