Summit Academy of Greater Louisville

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Basic Information

Address: 11508 Main Street Middletown, KY 40243
County: Jefferson
School District: Independent
Phone Number: (502) 244-7090
Fax Number: (502) 244-3371

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Summit Academy of Greater Louisville
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Additional Information

President: Margaret Thornton, M.Ed.
School Type: Independent School for children with learning differences.
Founded: 1992
Ages/Grades: PreK - 8
School Setting:

Summit Academy is set on four tree-filled acres on historic Main Street in Middletown, KY. The campus consists of four buildings - Tykes' Peak (PreSchool and Kinder), Sierra House (Speech and OT), The Lodge (main office and grades 1 - 6) and Eagles' Landing (middle school and special areas)

School Size: 125 students
Classroom Size: 10-12 students depending on grade
Student/Teacher Ratio: 1:7

$14,500 - Grades 1 - 8; $10,500 - Grades PreK & K

Financial Aid:

Through NAIS; 25%-30% of students on financial aid every year

Support Services:

Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, Adaptive P.E., Clinical Psychologist,

Camp Programs: Yes
After School Programs: Yes
Computer Capabilities:

All students in Grades 5 - 8 have their own computer at their desks. All other grades have computer labs in the classroom. All classes have interactive white boards. Some students have other adaptive technology, depending on their need.

School Clubs:

Drama Club, Swim Club, Running Club, Chess Club, Art Club Cheerleading, Basketball, Archery Club

Parking Spaces/Availability:

Parking lot

Uniform Guidelines:

Polo or t-shirt with logo; chino pants, shorts or skirts

Admissions Requirements:

Summit Academy admits children who have difficulty listening, speaking, reading, writing or thinking despite adequate intelligence, conventional instruction, and appropriate socio-cultural opportunities. These difficulties may be the result of a learning disability or other learning difference. Summit Academy does not admit children whose primary disorder is behavioral or emotional.

Summit Academy is designed to serve children who have average to above-average aptitude for learning.

Although this is not a comprehensive list of all the learning obstacles that our students face, the following are examples of conditions that may benefit from our school program:
Central Auditory Processing Disorder
Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dysgraphia
Attention Deficit Disorder
Language Processing Disorder
Written Language Disorder
Asperger's Syndrome
Non-Verbal Learning Disorder
Sensory Integration Disorder
Developmental Delay (through age 6)

Mission Statement:

Summit Academy provides a nurturing educational environment
for students with learning differences in which each student’s academic achievement
comes to reflect his or her learning potential.   

Philosophy/Belief Statement:

Our Philosophy
• Every child is valuable and necessary to our society.
• Every child is unique and has a different combination of strengths and weaknesses.
• Children deserve to be taught in a way that allows them to be successful.
• Children need individual attention from educators in order to properly assess and address their needs.
• Children must have the earliest possible intervention to mitigate the effects of learning differences on their academic success and emotional well-being.
• Children need an emotionally safe environment in order to learn.
• Children need a school that addresses their social, emotional, physical and academic needs.
• Children need a joint cooperative commitment between family and school in order to be successful.
• Children benefit from the use of technology in the remediation of learning differences.
Because this is our philosophy -
• We will use the most current diagnostic tools to identify a child’s learning challenges.
• We will adapt our teaching strategies to meet the changing needs of the students.
• We will integrate teaching of organizational/compensatory skills into the daily curriculum.
• We will commit to having a very low student/teacher ratio.
• We will provide a PreK and Kindergarten program for early detection of learning differences.
• We will create an atmosphere of mutual respect and a structured, secure environment.
• We will continue our commitment to a complete curriculum that includes art, music, library science, recess, and physical education.
• We will provide extra-curricular activities that correspond to current students’ interests and abilities.
• We will use a multi-faceted approach to communication with parents.
• We will introduce and use new technology as part of the instructional process, and identify and provide access to whatever specialized technology a student requires.

School History:

Our Background
Summit Academy of Greater Louisville has been educating children with learning differences since it was incorporated as an independent, non-profit school in February 1992.

Margaret Thornton and Rosemary Middleton, co-founders of Summit Academy, believe that a conventional school setting may not meet the needs of every child. Too often children are asked to adapt to a school’s policies, procedures and programs, rather than adapting the school to meet the unique needs of the learners.

With this in mind, they opened Summit Academy in August 1992 with 21 students and a staff of five. The school is now educating over 125 students per year and has a faculty and staff of 48. And we are still growing!