Current Events

Summit Prep Launches a New Daily School Schedule.

After exploring several options and reviewing the literature, Summit Prep students have a new daily schedule. The research shows that adolescents are more productive if they start their day later. During the Summer Block a new schedule was introduced that not only started the school day later, but it also provided a time in the beginning of the day for team members to engage in some form of physical activity. Teams may decide to take a walk, shoot baskets or participate in many other active choices.

With any change there was some adjustment to the schedule, students and staff are enjoying their morning time together and the overall feedback has been very positive.

Science Classes Head to the Water

The Flathead Valley is a perfect place for an outdoor experiential classroom. Summit Prep's science teachers Erica Gerber and Shawnda Stevens take advantage of the beautiful surroundings whenever they can. Recently the Honors River Ecology Class loaded up the canoes and headed out for an area river. The primary goal was to complete field research by collecting water samples and analyzing the data. Once this task was complete it was time for a little water fun. On such a gorgeous sunny day the water was just too tempting! A good time was had by all.

The Rivers Ecology Class is a field based research course designed to evaluate the water quality of local watershed. Students learn Riparian Ecosystem concepts by studying biological, chemical, geological, and physical parameters of the Flathead Lake Watershed. The course culminates with student groups identifying water quality issues, planning a solution, and presenting findings to local government or community groups. In order to perform high level field research top quality tools are needed so Erica Gerber did her own research to find a way to enhance our science equipment.

Recently Erica was notified that Summit Prep was the recipient of two grants that will enhance the research abilities for the students. One grant of $1000 is from the North American Native Fish Association (NANFA) and the second grant of $1500 is from the Flathead Conservation District. The monies from these grants will be applied to the purchase of equipment for students to collect macroinvertebrates and diatoms to evaluate water quality. There is also a plan to purchase equipment to analyze fecal coliform levels and to buy two tablets to use in the field to collect data with computer probes.

Art Studio to be Completed Soon

It all started with an idea and a sketch and now it is becoming a reality. The Art Studio building progress is moving at a great pace. The plan is to have all of the fine and practical fall art classes begin in the new location. The design of the building is such that the large door can be opened during nice weather so that students are able to work on projects out of doors. The community has enjoyed watching the progress over the past months and now are anxious for completion.

Weekends at Summit Prep
are Full of Adventure

Montana has some of the best recreational areas in the nation and Summit Prep's campus is close to many of them. One of the goals of Summit Prep is to help students engage in the out of doors and find their passions. Staff design purposeful activities to get students in to the community and practice the therapeutic and social skills they are learning on campus.

With each season there are many activities that are of interest to our students. In the winter the students have the opportunity to ski and snowboard up to 3 times a week. Hitting the slopes of Big Mountain is a favorite, but many students also enjoy snowshoeing and hiking on campus.

This summer has been a busy one for the Summit Prep community. The students have enjoyed the area lakes, trails, and Glacier National Park. Weekend schedules are set to capture as many opportunities as possible. Here is an example of a weekend on campus. The students divided out by teams and participated in a variety of outdoor options. Team Blue played Disc Golf on our campus course, and Team Red participated in a 5K run in an area park. Team Ocean headed to Avalanche Lake for a day of water fun. Three teams participated in some out of doors community service activities; Team Platinum headed to Whitefish to do some trail worked and teams Neon and Gold stained the sheds on the campus retreat site. All in all the students had a grand time enjoying the sunshine, their teammates' company, and beautiful surroundings of Big Sky Country.

Giving Back to the Community

Throughout the year our students have a variety of options to do different community service projects. Over the years students have volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, the Nurturing Center, and the local Food Bank. One ongoing reach out for our students is Bingo Night at an area Senior Living facility. A group of students have the opportunity to go to the center and assist the residents as they play Bingo. Recently the number caller shared how he enjoyed the students and how their presence in working with the residents is so well received. "What a nice group of kids."

Thank you for
your support!

Shopping with a Purpose

Are you a regular shopper at If the answer is yes, please consider participating in AmazonSmile, a simple way to donate to Summit Preparatory School every time you shop at no cost to you. When you shop on AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of eligible products to the charitable organization of your choice. Every item available for purchase on is also available on at the same price. You will see eligible products marked "Eligible for AmazonSmile donation" on their product page.

On your first visit to, you will be prompted to choose a charitable organization. The school was incorporated as Summit Ranch, Inc. and that is how we are listed on Amazon smile, even though we are doing business as Summit Preparatory School. So by choosing Summit Ranch, Inc. you will be supporting the work of the school through your Amazon purchases.

Remember to Access the Parent Portal

This is a reminder that you can access your teen's academic and team notes at any time by using the Parent Portal. Just click here or click the link on the top right of Summit Prep's website and log in using your email and password.

If you have any questions on this please contact Jessica Guerrero or call (406) 758-8100

Dates to Remember:

  • Sept 29-Oct 7:
    Mid-Block Break Week
  • Sept 29- Oct 2:
    Challenge Trips Platinum, Neon, Red
  • Oct 4-7:
    Challenge Trips Ocean, Gold, Blue
  • Oct 3:
    Intro Parent Workshop
  • Oct 24-26:
    Family Retreat
  • Nov 16:
    End of Block Graduation at 11:00
  • Nov 21:
    Intro Parent Workshop
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1605 Danielson Rd Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 758-8100 | Admissions: (406) 758-8113
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