Our Methodology

Summit Schools is committed to preparing our students to work in an evolving, information-centered, global community of the 21st century. Enriching experiences, mindfulness and technology empower students to affect positive change in our world. Technology, fine arts, the sciences, mathematics, and communication arts are integral to our curriculum because they allow students to both acquire and apply knowledge in multiple modalities, or ways of knowing. Summit sees the challenges our society faces, and aims to personalize learning to fit each child the way s/he learns best. We strive to instill a lifelong love for learning, and to promote personal interests as a necessary component of one’s education. Children become architects of their own learning at Summit.

Summit Schools is committed to general education as common experience through a problem-focused, inquiry-based, broad fields approach to education. Each student at Summit learns at his or her own pace. The aim is to meet each child where s/he currently sits academically, socially, and emotionally, and progress from this point. At the beginning of each year, Summit teachers work with parents and students to create Student Growth Plans which serve as a helpful tool to guide the child’s educational path.

Our school functions within various communities: the community of teachers and learners within the school, the community of families and friends extending from each student, and the larger community of the Cedar Rapids area. Summit takes an innovative approach to the elementary and middle school experience by capitalizing on the influence each of these communities. Project-based learning and Y.A.L.E. (Yet Another Learning Experience) are examples of Summit’s ability to educate the whole child.


"After watching our son struggle the last few years and uncovering some learning issues, we knew we had to find the right educational fit for him. My husband and I had planned on visiting a few schools to see what our options were and how they would help our son. 

Summit was our first and LAST stop!

We knew immediately that this was the school that would allow our son to find his own path to success. We have been so amazed and encouraged by the growth and confidence he has found at Summit. From the small class size, individualized curriculum, Orton-Gillingham instruction and innovative teachers, we are so grateful for the change Summit is making in our son's life...in all of our lives!"


~Kathleen R.

© 2019 Summit Schools

1010 Regent St. NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52402

(319) 294-2036; info@summitschools.org

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