The Summit Country Day School is an independent, Catholic, college-preparatory day school located on a 24-acre campus in Hyde Park, a residential neighborhood in Cincinnati. Tracing its roots back to 1890 when the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur founded the school. The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur had a unique philosophy about how children should be taught which flowed directly from the teachings of St. Julie Billiart, who started the Order in 1804. These principles of education are very much alive in Summit classrooms today. Sister Julie was concerned with educating the whole, individual person. She challenged teachers to find the right psychological insight to help each child to blossom. The Summit's five-pillar mission to develop the academic, physical, religious, social, and artistic facets of each student is a direct result of her convictions on the nature of education. The Summit nurtures students’ intellectual curiosity, encourages critical thinking, and stimulates personal growth. The School combines a strong, values-oriented Catholic education with the academic excellence of a top-tier independent school. The Summit offers students a classical curriculum that is enhanced with a global perspective, and supplemented by faith-based values, the formation of character and conscience, and servant leadership opportunities. The student body is two-thirds Catholic and children of all faiths are welcome. The pursuit of excellence and the expectancy to do one’s best are hallmarks of a Summit education. Graduates are well prepared to solve problems creatively, communicate effectively, and live as productive, responsible citizens. Instilling in students a lifelong love and pursuit of learning is one of The Summit’s most cherished achievements.
The Summit is comprised of four distinct schools, Montessori (preschool – kindergarten), Lower (grades 1-4), Middle (grades 5-8), and Upper (grades 9-12). The program offers an impressive curriculum that flows seamlessly from one grade to another. A talented faculty and sophisticated teaching methods, supported by a variety of stimulating activities outside the classroom, help bring that curriculum to life. The program is designed to engage students in all five pillars of the mission, while inviting depth of study wherever students demonstrate a passion or affinity, and nearly limitless possibilities for learning and leadership. Course offerings are unparalleled and under constant examination for new opportunities to improve the program and support students.
Student life at The Summit includes a variety of activities and experiences and students have the opportunity to initiate, develop, facilitate and evaluate activities, clubs, programs and events. The Summit athletic program is flourishing, with 23 varsity sports teams, 16 junior varsity and 19 middle school and over 75% of students participating in at least one sport. Athletic facilities include Williams and Thurner Fields with synthetic turf, a Middle School practice field with synthetic turf, synthetic turf baseball field, three gyms, five tennis courts, batting cages and indoor practice facilities for basketball and volleyball, field for softball, soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse. A nearby 16-acre campus was purchased in 1996 for practice fields, tennis courts, and a field house.
The Summit graduates distinguish themselves nationally among high school graduates. Every year 100% of The Summit graduates enroll in colleges and universities across the country. They arrive on college campuses with exemplary proficiency in writing, an excellent vocabulary, exceptional critical-thinking skills, and outstanding leadership experience. The Summit’s more than 3,200 active alumni are distinguished by a diversity of talents, perspectives, and experiences, yet remain united by the connections they made during their Summit years.