Springfield, MO: The Summit Preparatory School is pleased to announce an upcoming Screening Day for its esteemed Early Learners program. The school’s Board of Trustees has approved a program expansion, allowing for 16 additional spaces in enrollment to serve a total of 48 students and an increase in faculty to maintain a 8:1 student-teacher ratio. This development solidifies The Summit Preparatory School’s position as a leading provider of early childhood education in Springfield, MO and the surrounding areas. Dr. Katie Heet, Head of School, says, “We’re excited to expand our programming to meet the growing demand for high-quality early childhood education, emphasizing academics within a whole-child approach. This addition allows The Summit to continue to support our youngest learners by building curiosity, sparking innovation, and investing in the future of our community.” Click here to learn more about The Summit Preparatory School’s Early Learners program.

Offering an Exemplary Early Childhood Education Experience

The Early Learners program at The Summit Preparatory School caters to preschool children aged 3, 4, and 5, presenting a distinctive approach to early childhood education. In contrast to conventional daycare settings, this private independent school program is dedicated to nurturing academic excellence in early childhood education. The curriculum employs a progressive methodology, engaging young learners in hands-on activities that foster observation, active participation, and decision-making.

Emphasis on Holistic Development

The Summit Preparatory School’s progressive approach places a strong emphasis on the holistic development of each child, providing a robust educational and social-emotional foundation for kindergarten and beyond. In a nurturing multi-age environment, children are encouraged to explore, wonder, play, and create, facilitating the development of crucial social skills and building confidence in addition to academic mastery of foundational concepts.

Fostering Group Collaboration

Promoting group collaboration is a key aspect of the Early Learners program, instilling a sense of belonging and shared enthusiasm for learning. Themed activities and thought-provoking questions guide children through lessons in language arts, social studies, and STEM, contributing to language, literacy, cognitive, and physical development.

Preparation for Educational Milestones

As children delve into essential concepts, they not only prepare for the next educational steps but also cultivate a love for learning that extends beyond the classroom. The Screening Day serves as an invaluable opportunity for parents to witness firsthand the engaging and enriching environment that The Summit Preparatory School provides for its youngest learners.

Enrollment Expansion

In response to the high demand for the Early Learners program, the Board of Trustees has given approval for additional faculty and the creation of sixteen more spaces for enrollment. This expansion underscores The Summit Preparatory School’s unwavering commitment to delivering high-quality early childhood education to the growing community in Springfield and beyond. Advance registration is required for the Screening Day event. Please visit www.thesummitprep.org/admissions or contact the school admissions office at (417) 869-8077 for more information.

Screening Day Details

Date: Friday, February 16, 2024

Registration: Advance registration required. Please contact the admissions office at [email protected] for more information.

Location: The Summit Preparatory School

202 E. Walnut Lawn Street

Springfield, MO 65807

Early Learners collected 481 stuffed animals for the Child Advocacy Center as part of a service learning project (Fall 2023).

About The Summit Preparatory School

The Summit Preparatory School is Springfield, MO’s first fully-accredited independent school dedicated to providing a premier education experience for students from ages 3 through high school. With a focus on academic excellence, whole child development, and community engagement, The Summit Preparatory School prepares learners for success by providing a progressive education with a challenging curriculum in a supportive environment.

Media Contact

The Summit Preparatory School
Contact name
Whitney Wiese
Contact phone
417-869-8077 ext. 201
United States

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