Our Story

In the fall of 2003, a small group of parents from Draper came together to build a charter school that would provide quality education emphasizing strong academic training, dynamic student-teacher interaction, and the discovery of each student's unique talents and interests.

Those founders got their wish when the first Summit Academy charter school opened in 2004 for grades K-6.  As the school experienced rapid growth, the founders saw a need to continue serving those students throughout their education.

In 2008, Summit Academy extended its services to include grades 7 through 9.  With the goal to continue the rigorous academic instruction the school is known for, and to prepare students for college success, Summit Academy High School opened its doors in 2010.

Answering the growing demand for quality education, Summit Academy opened the Independence K-8 campus in Bluffdale in 2014. A second Bluffdale campus was opened in 2016 for K-6.

Because we value strong educational foundations, we are proud of our students who continue through Summit and go on to do wonderful things in their communities.

Molly Hart, Executive Director

Fun Facts

  • Summit Academy was the first charter school in Draper.
  • Summit Academy was founded with the help of parents in the Draper Community.
  • Summit Academy is a Blue Chip school since 2004; we are an established charter school.
  • Summit Academy is one of three K12 charter schools in Utah. Continuity of education matters! Our schools are a place you can call home.

Mission Statement

Summit Academy excites a student’s desire to learn and succeed now and in the future. Our dynamic student-teacher-family community sees each student as a whole person and together creates a challenging individualized educational journey toward intellectual success and personal well-being.


  • Summit is a student-centered learning community based on the principles of safety and respect.
  • Summit Teachers are innovative, committed and motivated to provide quality professional instruction.
  • Parental involvement is important to the personal success of each student.
  • Summit's curriculum builds from year to year and specializes in core knowledge acquisition and application.