The Summit is one of a few schools in Greater Cincinnati applying the Montessori philosophy in an educational program for two-year olds. Toddlers are introduced to an environment enriched by a community of university-trained Montessori curriculum experts who believe in the unlimited potential of a child's ability to learn. The sunny and peaceful toddler classrooms are rich in materials that stimulate explorative learning. While coordination skills are still developing at age two, brain research indicates the toddler mind is absorbing information exponentially. Three- to six-year-old Montessori lessons have been re-designed and scaled down to activities suitable for two-year-olds with an emphasis on learning independence. For more information, please visit http://www2.summitcds.org/montessori/.+ More details
We had a terrific 2012-13 school year at The Summit. Please enjoy highlights of the year in pictures. College is a key outcome for our students. Again this year, our seniors accomplished a lot during their years here, and the best colleges in the country recognized that. • Our 97 graduates earned over $15 million in scholarships; 83% received merit scholarship awards; 21% received full-tuition scholarships. • A single student was offered nearly $1 million in scholarships from various colleges and universities; six additional students were each offered over $500,000. • 13 universities offered their highest level scholarship to our students. • 19% were recognized by National Merit. 92% of the class took college-level classes through the College Board Advanced Placement Program. • 14% will compete in collegiate athletics, compared to 6% nationally. 7% will play on Division I teams. • Seniors performed nearly 10,000 hours of community service, averaging 103 hours per student. Check out some of their acceptances: American University, Beijing Language and Culture University, Boston College, Brown, University of California at Berkeley; Carnegie Mellon; University of Chicago, UC’s DAAP program, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Davidson, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Georgia Tech, Kenyon, Michigan, NYU, Northwestern, Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Pepperdine, Purdue, Rhode Island School of Design, Rice, Savannah College of Art and Design, Art Institute of Chicago, Smith, Stanford, U.S. Air Force Academy, West Point, Vanderbilt, Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, Washington and Lee, Washington University in St. Louis, Wellesley, and Yale. Other areas of note this year included: • The addition of eight international students to the Upper School. Word has spread about how great their experience has been; nine additional international students have signed up for next year. The families who hosted these students enjoyed the experience. If you would like to host a student next year, call Admission for details. • We completed the reaccreditation process and received a highly complimentary review from the visiting team. • The Latin Club won its fifth consecutive state championship. • Six sixth graders won awards at the annual ABC Architecture Competition. • Two eighth graders qualified for the State Power of the Pen Competition. • Summit students raised $15,819 for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur Clean Water Fund. • The Boys Cross Country team qualified for the State meet and came in fifth. • Girls Soccer again went to State and competed in the semi-finals. • Boys Soccer won State. • Football made it to the second round of the tournament; that’s the farthest in school history. • Two divers qualified for State and came in 7th and 8th. • Boys Basketball went 24-2 and competed in the regional semi-finals. • Girls Basketball went 20-4 and won their league for the second year in a row. • Baseball and Boys Lacrosse went deep into their respective tournaments. • Eleven track athletes qualified for State. • We completed funding for the Farrell Ackley and Rob Hertzel endowed scholarships. • Three Lower School students’ art pieces were accepted into the 42nd International Children’s Art Exhibition held in Japan. Tens of thousands of entries were received from around the world in this competition, and only 164 American students got work into the show. We submitted four pieces and three not only were accepted but went on to win awards.+ More details
The Summit’s Montessori Program is housed in a contemporary new building with classrooms designed and materials carefully selected to meet Montessori teaching standards. Materials-rich classrooms for children age 2-6 encourage independence and self-directed learning. Among Summit’s distinctive programs, the Toddler Program is one of only a few in the area which apply the Montessori philosophy in an educational program for 2-year-olds. World Language instruction begins at age 3. The Orff Schulwerk early childhood music education approach helps develop areas of the brain involved in language, reasoning and problem-solving. Specially-trained enrichment specialists present in-depth exploration of thematic units of study – astronomy, animal classification, inventors, world geography, Native American history, art and music for kindergarteners in Advanced Enrichment. Visit www2.summitcds.org/montessori for more information.+ More details
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