The Summit Preparatory School is a non-religious, private school that strives to provide a supportive academic environment to students in the Springfield, MO community from Early Learners to K-12.
As an independent school, our challenging and stimulating curriculum sparks the joy of learning in all of our students.
Through hands-on, project-based learning and the integrated use of technology, students develop important skills, including critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, communication, collaboration, character, and citizenship.

Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 151 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $8,660
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

School News

  • Future of the Ozarks: Maren Beall, not yet driving a car, learns to fly a plane - 11/01/2021
    As a young girl, Maren Beall grew fascinated with flying while spending time in airports and planes. The interest has only intensified with age."Ever since I started traveling by plane ...moreand every time I see a plane at the gateway - taking off or taxiing or landing - there is something that draws me," she said. hide
  • Summit Prep receives $5K grant from State Farm - 10/29/2021
    STEM programming is getting a boost at The Summit Preparatory School by way of the State Farm insurance company.State Farm recently presented a $5,000 grant toward Summit's science, technology, engineering ...moreand math curriculum, according to a news release. hide
  • Future of the Ozarks: Springfield seventh-grader’s chef skills take her to 35 cooking competitions, TV show - 10/17/2021
    The first time Molly Leighninger entered a cooking competition she was a few days shy of her fifth birthday."I got third place," she said. "I just knew. I loved that ...morefeeling."She was hooked. Now, at age 13, she is a veteran of 35 cooking competitions with plans to enter more. hide
  • The Summit Preparatory School teaches mindfulness techniques at a young age - 09/07/2021
    Learning to stay calm during high-stress moments is a task most everyone has to work on; it`s also a skill students are learning at one school in Springfield.The Summit Preparatory ...moreSchool has taught mindfulness in some grades before. But this year, every student is learning it for the very first time. hide
  • Private schools see increase in enrollment for 2021-2022 school year - 09/03/2021
    This school year brought many new faces for The Summit Prep and New Covenant Academy (NCA).The Summit Prep has 142 students, with 15 students per class. It can have up ...moreto 18 students per class."We`re still enrolling students for the 2021 2022 school year," Head of The Summit Prep Dr. Katie Heet said. "We can continue to enroll students until we reach that cap size of 18." hide

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School Overview

Grades Offered
Grades Prekindergarten-12
Year Founded
Summer School Offered

Student Body

Total Students
151 students
Student Body Type
% Students of Color
State avg.: 18%
Students by Grade
The Summit Preparatory School Student By Grade

Academics and Faculty

Total Classroom Teachers
23 teachers
Student : Teacher Ratio
National avg.: 13:1
% Faculty w/Advanced Degree
Average Class Size
15 students
List of Courses Offered
Average ACT score
Matriculation DataMatric. Data
Classroom Dress Code
(Polo Shirts in varying colors with school logo, and khaki or navy pants.)

Tuition and Acceptance Rate

Admission Deadline
None / Rolling
Yearly Tuition Cost
Tuition Notes
Prices vary depending on grade level and payment plans. Financial Aid is available.
% on Financial Aid
Admissions Director
Amy Maas
Admissions Associate
Whitney Wiese



Total ExtracurricularsTotal Extra-curric.
23 extracurriculars
Club or Organization:
Archery Club, Art Club, Chess Club, Esports Team, Garden Arts Club, Girl Scouts, Guitar Club, LEGO Robotics Club, Math Club, Running Club, Spanish Competition Club, Speech and Debate, Student Council, Theatre Club

Arts and Music Programs:
Garden Arts, Rock Band

Recreational Athletic Programs:
Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Volleyball

School Notes

The philosophy of The Summit is that each child has his or her own individual gifts and talents. Our responsibility is to help identify each child's gifts to reach their highest potential.We also believe that each child develops at his or her own pace. Learning is not a race to see who gets there first, but an individual process in which children must be nurtured, supported, and challenged to do their best.We believe learning is natural and should be an enjoyable experience.We will help our students experience the JOY of learning and the satisfaction of accomplishment.

The Summit was founded in 2004 by a group of parents who desired a different and inspiring environment for their children to grow and learn. In 2005, the first school year began with 60 students in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Each academic year, the program was expanded one grade level until 2010, when 12th grade and Pre-Kindergarten were added to the program. In the 201213 school year, the Beginners program for three- and four-year-old students was added.
  • A stellar faculty facilitates individualized learning through small class sizes and integrated curriculum. Smaller class sizes allow for individualized instruction in the classroom, and students are well-known by their teachers.
  • Parents support learning at home by reinforcing classroom concepts and participating in extracurricular experiences.
  • Students are encouraged to reach their full potential and are celebrated for their achievements and excellence.
  • Through inquiry-based learning and project-driven curriculum, students take responsibility for their own learning and become active participants in their school, local, and global community.
  • The Summit curriculum is centered on educating the whole child, incorporating instruction in core curricular disciplines, such as mathematics, communication arts, science, and social studies, as well as non-traditional areas, such as character development, fine arts, citizenship, and foreign language.
  • The foreign language program currently consists of daily Spanish instruction, starting in Beginners, and building to college-level Spanish, as well as additional languages in the high school years. Students also have the opportunity to learn Mandarin through weekly and monthly club events.
  • Summit students are sweeping Language Arts Department (LAD) fair competitions, science fairs, Mock Trial competition, Southwest Baptist University (SBU) Math competitions, and Pummil Math Relays, and strings competitions.
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Our daughter has attended the Summit for five years and we couldn't be happier. She receives daily Spanish instruction, follows a project-based curriculum with STEAM, music, art, along with excellent teacher instruction in core classes. She's excited to go to school every day! A very positive learning environment with great academic results.
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Quick Stats (2022)

  • Grades: Prekindergarten-12
  • Students: 151 students
  • Yearly Tuition: $8,660
  • Average class size: 15 students
  • Application Deadline: None / Rolling

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The average private school tuition in Springfield, MO is $4,951 for elementary schools and $4,730 for high schools (read more about average private school tuition across the country).

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