Summit Charter School is a tuition-free public charter school. We receive the majority of our funding from the State and County, but each year there is a sizable gap that we have to raise ourselves through private fundraising and donations. Because we are a public charter school, we choose our own course of study, which far exceeds other public schools and rivals most private schools. We cannot afford to lose the heart of our program to budget cuts. 

Keep Summit Unique

Field excursions, lego robotics, international studies, advanced curricula, exceptional facilities - they truly make a difference in our children’s success. In this section, you'll find many ways in which parents, community supporters and concerned individuals can participate in the ongoing support of these programs and others. Please consider giving the gift of education today by donating to one of our three core areas: 

1. Family Fund: The 2018-19 Parent Fund (now called the Family Fund) was a huge success, raising nearly $200,000 for our school, including a challenge gift we received of $50,000 after the campaign reached the goal of $120,000. Your gift to the Family Fund, including donations from Summit parents, grandparents and family businesses, help Summit bridge the gap between what we receive from the government and the actual cost of educating a student.  In October 2019, we will formally launch our 2019-20 Family Fund and announce the traditional grade-by-grade contest. If you would like to go ahead and contribute in the meantime, please donate here. You can make a one-time gift, divide your gift into several payments or establish an ongoing, automatic gift payment. If you need to pay a 2018-19 pledge balance, please click here.

2. Annual FundSummit's Annual Fund welcomes community members and friends of Summit to give to our greatest annual need, our operating budget, playing a crucial role in enriching the lives of our students and teachers. Like the Parent Fund, gifts sustain our campus and provide special programs that make Summit unique. Examples include:

  • Essential teaching and curricular materials to serve the needs of our students
  • Recruitment and retention of extraordinary educators
  • Hands-on field excursions to support our meaningful place-based curriculum
  • EC programming to ensure students with disabilities develop intellectually, physically, emotionally, and vocationally through individualized education
  • Extracurricular activities such as athletics, drama, jazz and chess club

3.  Capital Campaign: Thanks to our Capital Campaign supporters, we are making major improvements to Summit through a remarkable expansion, including a high school and athletic and fine arts facility. This campaign supports the construction of the school's high school building and Summit Center, our very first gymnasium and auditorium. In addition to serving student athletes with a fully-equipped gym, the 18,656 square foot Summit Center includes classrooms for music and art education. Furthermore, our high school building will include state-of-the-art classrooms for grades 9-12. With your Capital Campaign support, we can provide our students with the resources, facilities, and opportunities they deserve. Click here to donate and click here for construction updates. 

4. Chloe's Lemon-aid Stand for Education: Chloe Crawford's student-run lemonade stand had a remarkable revival during the summer of 2019. Read about its continued success here and we would like to extend our sincere gratitude to our amazing community and student volunteers. 

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Shop & Support

There are a number of retail outlets that offer opportunities to support Summit simply by making the purchases you would make otherwise. Please see the list of participating retailers to the right and remember to SHOP FOR SUMMIT!


Get Involved

For more information on how you can give, volunteer or participate in some other way, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Summit's Development Director, or contact her by phone at 828-743-5755 ext. 205.