Fast Facts

  • Summit School is an independent, coeducational day school serving students JrK-Grade 9.
  • Founded: 1933. There are over 5,000 alumni.
  • Students: Approximately 630 boys and girls in Junior Kindergarten through Grade 9. Students come from 28 zip codes. Students of color comprise 18% of the school.
  • Families: Of the 440 families at Summit, 71% have dual incomes or are single heads of household.
  • Teacher/Student Ratio: 1:5
  • Staff: 173
  • School Hours:
    Junior Kindergarten (JrK), 8:15 am - 12:30 pm (1:30 pm dismissal in 2016-17)
    Kindergarten, 8:15 am - 1:30 pm
    Grades 1-5, 8:15 am - 3:00 pm
    Grades 6-9, 8:15 am - 3:30 pm
    After school sports, 3:45 pm - 5:00 pm
  • Location: Our stunning campus, with a physical plant valued at $44 million sits on 28 acres in the heart of Winston-Salem. Known as the Reynolda Corridor, the tree-lined Reynolda Road is home to Wake Forest University, the Reynolda House Museum of American Art and Reynolda Gardens, the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA), Graylyn International Conference Center, and Summit School.
  • Campus: Eleven buildings, including 2 art studios, television/radio production studio, digital media/animation studio, design studio, robotics studio, digital music studio, 5 science labs, 2 libraries, 2 dining halls, wetlands instructional pond, 4 athletic fields, screening room, black box theatre, 350-seat theatre, pottery studio, photography studio, and Athletic Center which includes 3 basketball courts, a fitness facility, a dance/aerobics studio, a gymnastics studio, and a track.
  • Library: 45,000 volumes
  • Technology: Summit has a total of 676 computers for student use. Starting in grade 1, there are 2-5 computers in each classroom with access to desktop computers in specialty classrooms and labs. Additionally, there are 214 laptops, 107 Chromebooks, and 118 iPads for student use. Summit has a 1 to 1 Chromebook program in grades 8 and 9.
  • World Languages: In Junior Kindergarten - Grade 5, all students take Spanish. In grades 6-9 students have the opportunity to take Spanish, French, Latin, or Mandarin Chinese.
  • Co-Curriculum: Each student participates in physical education, art, drama, pottery, music and guidance. Those in grades 6-9 also rotate through photography, robotics, digital media, digital music, STEAM and television/radio production.
  • Wellness & Athletics: The wellness program includes daily physical education class for grades 1-5, a robust Health and Physical Education program for grades 6-9, as well as 19 interscholastic team sports and 37 teams. Summit competes as an independent.
  • Financial Assistance: 22% of the student body receives need-based tuition grants. The school awarded over $1.3 million in financial aid for the 2015-16 school year.
  • Afterschool Program: Available daily until 5:45 pm.
  • Auxiliary Programs: Six weeks of summer programming for students from age 3 through 10th grade. Course topics include technology, sports, arts, and academics. Multiple after school classes in a wide variety of subjects for JrK-5th grade students. Individual music lessons in guitar, piano, and violin. SOAR, a outdoor adventure program for 6th-9th graders. All Auxiliary Programs are open to the public.
  • Invested Reserves: Approximately $16.5 million (6/15).
  • Governance: Independent schools are distinct from other private schools in that they are independently governed by a board of trustees, and they do not depend on church funds as parochial schools do or on tax dollars as public schools do. Tuition and fees cover 88% of the cost of educating a student at Summit. The remaining amount is provided through annual fundraising and income from the endowment.
  • Accreditation: Southern Association of Independent Schools and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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