Summers-knoll School

Summers-Knoll School provides a rich academic experience for students from K-8 in small, multi-age classes.
Our students learn in an intimate, vibrant school setting and out and about in the world.
It's a place where bright children progress at their own pace, creative children engage in limitless exploration and gifted children discover their potential.
We have a strong focus on the environment, service and community-based learning.

Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Top Ranked MI School
  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 101 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $17,800
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 3 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

Top Rankings

Summers-knoll School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Michigan for:


School Overview

Religious Affiliation
Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-8
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
101 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 19%
Students by Grade
Summers-knoll School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
13 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
14 students
Classroom Dress Code

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
Mar. 3 / rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Kindergarten: $15,800 Elementary School (1-4): $17,800 Middle School (5-8): $19,500.
% on Financial Aid
Acceptance Rate
National avg.: 85%
Admissions Director
Deborah Paul-McDonald


Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
2 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
After school clubs

Arts and Music Programs:
After school music lessons available

School Notes

  • Inspiring academics for bright, creative and gifted students
  • Small, mixed-grade classes, offering individual attention, support and challenge
  • Nurturing environment in which each child is loved and encouraged
  • Art, Music, Latin, French or Mandarin,P.E. for all students
  • Theme-based curriculum incorporating a multi-disciplinary approach
  • Child-centered learning supporting multiple learning styles
  • Diverse community and globally-focused curriculum
  • Community service, encouraging responsibility, empathy, and personal empowerment
Source: Verified school update

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does Summers-knoll School cost?
Summers-knoll School's tuition is approximately $17,800 for private students.
What is the acceptance rate of Summers-knoll School?
The acceptance rate of Summers-knoll School is 75%, which is lower than the national average of 93%. Summers-knoll School's acceptance rate is ranked among the top private schools in Michigan with low acceptance rates.
What is Summers-knoll School's ranking?
Summers-knoll School ranks among the top 20% of private schools in Michigan for: Lowest average acceptance rates.
When is the application deadline for Summers-knoll School?
The application deadline for Summers-knoll School is Mar. 3 / rolling (applications are due on Mar. 3 but additional applications are reviewed year-round as space permits ).

School Reviews

  5.00 out of 5  (3 reviews)
My child has been at Summers-Knoll for 5 years, K-4th. The school uses project-based learning which has been a positive experience for my child. Instead of studying individual subjects separately, the project-based approach will take a topic that the students are passionate about, such as Ancient Egypt, and then build lessons and activities around that topic. For example, the science behind mummies, the art of Egyptian mythology, a field trip to see Egyptian artifacts, etc... My child responded well to this approach and as a result, he is very engaged at school and loves attending.The teachers are attentive to my child's individual needs. In some subjects he is ahead of his grade level and they have been able to customize his lessons to keep him challenged. For example, in second grade, he took math in the third grade class, and his teacher gave him high-school level spelling lists.
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A wonderful progressive and project-based school that puts the emphasis on the most crucial stuff: critical thinking, creative problem-solving, curiosity, respect, encountering the wider world with eyes (and heart) wide open. My child, heading into her seventh year, couldn't love it more. And under new leadership the school has only gotten better over these last two years.
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I attended this school for five years from 2005 to 2010, and it was an incredible experience that gave me the mental push I didn't know I needed. It taught me to view things from every perspective and angle: creatively and analytically, logically, you name it; and emphasized the importance of thinking outside the box. I am now a high school sophomore, and I know I would not be in th place I am if it weren't for my education at Summers-Knoll. This school offers not only an interactive, creative education but also an experience a child will treasure throughout their life.
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Quick Stats (2023-24)

  • Top Ranked MI School
  • School Type: Alternative School
  • Grades: Prekindergarten-8
  • Enrollment: 101 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $17,800
  • Acceptance rate: 75%
  • Average class size: 14 students
  • Application Deadline: Mar. 3 / rolling
  • Source: Verified school update

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The average private school tuition in Ann Arbor, MI is $17,498 for elementary schools and $19,110 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).
The average acceptance rate in Ann Arbor, MI is 75% (read more about average acceptance rates across the country).

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