Summit Country Day School

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The Summit Country Day School
Summit Country Day School.jpg
2161 Grandin Road
Cincinnati, (Hamilton County), Ohio 45208
United States
Coordinates39°7′46.7″N 84°27′33.93″W / 39.129639°N 84.4594250°W / 39.129639; -84.4594250Coordinates: 39°7′46.7″N 84°27′33.93″W / 39.129639°N 84.4594250°W / 39.129639; -84.4594250
TypePrivate, college preparatory
MottoEducating Leaders of Character since 1890
Religious affiliation(s)Roman Catholic
Head of schoolRich Wilson[1]
Enrollment1034 (2018–19[4][5])
Student to teacher ratio1:9
Campus size40 acres (160,000 m2)
Color(s)Silver and Blue         
Athletics conferenceMiami Valley Conference
MascotSilver Knghts
AccreditationNorth Central Association of Colleges and Schools [2]
Head of Upper SchoolJohn Thornburg[3]
Director of admissionKelley Schiess
Athletic directorGregory Dennis

The Summit Country Day School is a private, Roman Catholic, PreK–12 school located in Cincinnati, Ohio. As of 2015, 153 students are enrolled in the Montessori preschool, 459 in the Primary and Middle schools, and 398 in the Upper School division.[4][5] As of 2017, 402 are enrolled in the Upper School.[3] Although located within the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, the school is run by the board of trustees.


The Summit Country Day School is a private, Catholic, co-ed school in Cincinnati. Its Montessori preschool celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2013 and is one of a few schools in Greater Cincinnati to offer academic instruction to children as young as age 18 months. Founded in 1890 by the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the school is now operated by an independent board of trustees. Originally only a school for girls, it has expanded over the years to include boys' enrollment and an athletic program.

The school's signature Character Education Program immerses students at each grade level in a yearlong reflection on one character trait, in the belief that school should not only educate the mind, but the whole person.

Currently it enrolls about 1,200 students from pre-K through 12th grade.

The Summit graduates 100% of its senior class and has a 100% college acceptance rate. Over 90% of graduates attend their first choice college.

Summit's main building, designed by architect Edwin Forrest Durang, was first constructed in 1890, then renovated in 1930. In 1960 the school added a primary school building. The Upper School began admitting boys in 1973, and in 1996, along with renovations to all campus buildings and the construction of a new middle school building, combined the boys' and girls' middle schools. In 2003 Summit began another project at an estimated initial cost of $20 million to renovate many sections of the school, and build a new stadium, parking lot, and lower school. An renovation and expansion in 2015 included construction of a new a five-floor wing, renovation of all science labs in the Middle and Upper Schools, expansion of the Upper School library, construction of an Upper School art room and additional classrooms.

Headmaster Ed Tyrell retired in 2003 after 33 years of service to the Summit. Current Head of School is Mr. Rich Wilson.[1]

Clubs and activities[edit]

The Summit Country Day Latin Club is a local chapter of both the Ohio Junior Classical League (OJCL)[6] and National Junior Classical League (NJCL).[7]

Summit Country Day holds the distinction of being the first Latin club to win the OJCL Convention state title after nearly three decades of consecutive wins from rival Stow-Munroe Falls.[8] Prior to Summit's 2007 win, no other OJCL Latin Club had won the Overall Sweepstakes trophy since 1979 (the start of Stow's 28-year win streak).[8] Summit went on to win the top prize again in 2009 and 2010.[6]


The Summit fields varsity sports teams in 19 sports. Although the teams of the old boys' middle school took the name "Hawks", Summit's teams are now known as the "Silver Knights."

Ohio High School Athletic Association State Championships[edit]

Other state championships[edit]

  • Boys Lacrosse 2006, Division II Ohio High School Lacrosse Association
  • Girls Tennis 2007, Gabby Steele
  • Boys Cross Country 2010, Colin Cotton, Division III
  • Boys Track and Field 2011, Colin Cotton, 3200m, Division III
  • Diving 2015, Stewart Spanbauer, Division II
  • Boys Track and Field 2014, Mason Moore, 1600m, Division III
  • Boys Track and Field 2015, Mason Moore, 1600m, Division III

Upper School[edit]

Department heads and administrative staff[edit]

Upper School Director: John Thornburg

Upper School Assistant Director: James Craig

Notable alumni[edit]

Middle school[edit]

  • Middle School Director: Michael Johnson

Lower school[edit]

  • Lower School Director: Kendra Thornton Ed.D.

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Welcome: A Message from Rich Wilson". The Summit Country Day School. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  2. ^ NCA-CASI. "NCA-Council on Accreditation and School Improvement". Archived from the original on April 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-23.
  3. ^ a b "High School Open House Calendar". The Catholic Telegraph. 187 (10). Archdiocese of Cincinnati. October 22, 2018. p. 24. Retrieved October 25, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Summit Country Day Elementary School". Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "Summit Country Day High School". Archdiocese of Cincinnati. Retrieved October 12, 2015.
  6. ^ a b "2009 Convention – Club Point Summary" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. 2009. Retrieved 10 August 2009.[permanent dead link]
  7. ^ "Constitution of the Ohio Junior Classical League" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League. March 2008. Retrieved 18 September 2009. paying both OJCL annual chapter dues and any annual chapter membership dues required by NJCL. Mr. Larry Dean is the teacher.[permanent dead link]
  8. ^ a b "2005 State Convention- Club Contest Results" (PDF). Ohio Junior Classical League 2005 State Convention. Ohio Junior Classical League. 2005. Archived from the original (PDF) on April 6, 2005. Retrieved 17 October 2009. Congratulations to Stow as they achieved the top overall ranking for the 27th consecutive year.
  9. ^ Yappi. "Yappi Sports Baseball". Retrieved 2007-02-12.
  10. ^ a b c OHSAA. "Ohio High School Athletic Association Web site". Retrieved 2006-12-31.
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