August 2021


Dear Summit Family,


This year marks Summit’s 25th anniversary. The story of Summit’s beginning is significant. It represents a core set of beliefs and values not just about the education of our students, but of what is possible when people come together to make a positive difference in their community. In October of 1996, a dedicated group of parents and community members cast a new vision for education on the Cashiers-Highlands plateau. They emphasized a community motivation to “create an excellent school for our children, which can and should rank among the very best...that will serve as the cornerstone of this community.” Their vision soon inspired the founding of Summit and the defining qualities of a Summit education—academic excellence, strength of character, and nurturing the whole-child. For twenty-five years, these pillars have served as the foundation of a Summit education. Today, they give us the strength from which we will advance our mission for the future.


In celebrating our 25th year, we will honor the traditions of our founding—our Seven Virtues, sense of community, whole-child programs, and place-based approach to learning—as we also innovate our program and raise the standards of excellence necessary for our students to thrive in an ever-changing world. With pride and a spirit of gratitude in our history, and the determination to achieve greater heights, we will climb on!


With this charge at our forefront, our students will be challenged and supported to grow in heart and mind through academically rigorous and engaging experiences inside Summit’s classrooms and beyond. They will climb mountains, serve their communities, and explore the world around them as avenues through which to develop as thinkers, leaders, and citizens. They will be known, challenged, and loved. And among them, Summit’s inaugural senior class students will walk across the stage as Summit’s first high school graduates.


The 2021-22 school year will be a momentous one at Summit. We are grateful for the legacy of our founders and the countless students, families, faculty, and supporters who have sustained and grown Summit to who we are today. Now, we lead Summit’s legacy forward so that our students are prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities of tomorrow academically prepared, engaged in community, and strong in character.


Thank you for your support.


Climb on!