A Summit Graduate



Summit School prides itself in its ability to create leaders for our future. Progressive education brings with it a deep experience in active learning with real life problems to solve. Each graduate takes with him or her enduring confidence for a lifetime of learning and leadership.


Summit graduates embody our Core Competencies. They are.....prepared, honorable, curious, accepting, and socially responsible.



They leave our Three-year-old through 9th grade program with skills for high school, college and, most importantly, life. They become scientists, engineers, lawyers, doctors, entrepreneurs, military Generals, and Broadway stars. Many of our graduates directly credit Summit for the inspiration to follow their interests to successful and enriching careers.



Core Competencies

Summit’s history is one of innovation. Founded in 1933 when many other schools were eliminating programs and with deep roots in the Progressive principles of John Dewey, Summit came into being as a school featuring multi-disciplinary, comprehensive programs that focus on educating the whole child—a commitment that continues into the present and that positions children to succeed within and beyond the four walls of the classroom.

Each day for eighty years, Summit has earned a reputation for living our mission. Summit is well-known for providing a challenging curriculum within a caring environment to help all students develop their full potential. The same combination of courage (from cor, meaning heart) and vision (from videre, meaning to see) that led founder Louise Futrell in 1933 to develop a program committed to the richness and complexity of the whole child leads us as educators in 2013 to embrace Summit’s Core Competencies.

The culmination of the Summit educational experience is the embodiment in our students of Summit’s Core Competencies. These skills, dispositions and abilities are both timeless and timely, enabling our students to thrive in a future we can’t predict. Summit students are:

Prepared. . . Having acquired a strong academic, athletic, artistic, and technological foundation

Honorable. . . Operating from an ethical compass, guided by character, confidence and competence

Curious. . . Exhibiting intellectual curiosity, including critical and creative thinking with a commitment to lifelong learning

Accepting. . . Demonstrating global awareness, embracing diversity and working collaboratively within and beyond the school community

Socially Responsible. . . Committing to civic responsibility, service and stewardship—both locally and globally

This is meaningful learning that lasts a lifetime—learning that reflects Summit’s heritage and represents our future.

Where do they go?

After Summit, 62% of our students attend local public schools, 28% attend local independent and faith based schools and 10% attend boarding schools.

Local Schools

Atkins Academic/Technology High School
Bishop McGuinness High School
Calvary Baptist School
Forsyth Country Day School
Mt. Tabor High School
Reagan High School
Reynolds High School
Salem Academy
UNC School of the Arts
West Forsyth High School
Winston-Salem Prepatory Academy

Boarding Schools

Phillips Academy - Andover
Berkshire School
Christ School
Deerfield Academy
Episcopal High School
Foxcroft School
The Hill School
The Hotchkiss School
Groton School
The Madeira School
The McCallie School
Oldfields School
Oxford Academy
Pomfret School
Salem Academy
St. Andrew’s School
Salisbury School
St. Margaret’s School
St. Mary's School
St. Paul’s School
Taft School
The Lawrenceville School
Virginia Episcopal School
Woodberry Forest School

College attendance of recent graduates

Boston College
Brown University
Bucknell University
Carnegie Mellon University
Clemson University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Davidson College
Duke University
Elon University
Emory University
Furman University
Georgetown University
Georgia Institute of Technology
Hampden-Sydney College
Haverford College
High Point University
Howard University
James Madison University
Johns Hopkins University
London Academy of Music & Drama
Middlebury College
North Carolina State University
New York University
Northwestern University
University of Notre Dame
Princeton University
Rhodes College
Rice University
Salem College
Savannah College of Art & Design
Tufts University
University of North Carolina Chapel Hill
University of Pennsylvania
University of Virginia
U.S. Naval Academy
Vanderbilt University
Virginia Tech
Wake Forest University
Washington and Lee University
Wesleyan College
College of William and Mary
Wofford College