Mission statement: "Summers-Knoll School exists to enable bright, creative, and gifted children to realize their unique academic, social and emotional potential in a beautiful, loving setting."
Summers-Knoll distinguishes itself by its small class size (maximum of 14, 12 for Kindergarten) and focus on gifted education. It provides both regular education for K-8 students as well as challenging programs for area children during school-year holiday breaks and in the summer.
In December 2007, Summers-Knoll became Ann Arbor's first official 'green school', as certified by the State of Michigan. In addition to its work in the area of green education, Summers-Knoll is active in global learning and community service, striving to provide a challenging education to child who thrive on the specialized and personal attention possible in an independent school.
Co-founded by Ruth Knoll, former wife of Photoshop creator Thomas Knoll, the school was originally a major philanthropic project of the Knoll's non-profit Andrah Corporation. Today, it operates independently of financial support from the Knolls. It has embarked upon a path that includes significant growth and expansion, while remaining true to its principles and mission.
- The emotional climate and physical environment of Summers-Knoll School are designed to provide an atmosphere of trust, mutual respect and beauty.
- The school community nurtures the social, creative, intellectual, emotional and physical development of the student.
- The school community provides an academically balanced program in a multi-age setting. The school challenges students at their individual ability level.
- The school community encourages and highly values the input of parents.
- Students learn to integrate their abilities, creativeness and task orientation.
- Students learn from many sources, including teachers, parents, other students and community members. Learning is lifelong, and we, parents, faculty and children, are a community of learners.
- Students are given instruction and strategies to learn the necessary basics while being encouraged to explore their own interests.
- Summers-Knoll is committed to fostering a healthy physical environment and, to this end, will encourage practices that both educate the community and improve community health.
The school runs a variety of Summer and School Break camps. Camps are open to the general public.
2203 Platt Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Phone: (734) 971-7991
Fax: (734) 971-9663