The Summit School campus is closed through Friday, April 24. While our campus is temporarily closed, The Summit School and Summit Resource Center are still operating. We remain available and ready to respond to your needs and, as always, your inquiries are welcome.


the summit resource center

Did you know that Summit offers services for families not enrolled at The Summit School? The Summit Resource Center is your source for diagnostic testing services, individual tutoring, summer programs, consultations and free workshops and seminars. We are pleased to serve children, adults and educators in the Annapolis, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. area.



IS YOUR CHILD HAVING DIFFICULTIES KEEPING UP WITH HIS CLASSMATES? Are you concerned with how your child handles her homework? Does something just not feel right? The Summit Resource Center can help you find answers. We offer diagnostic testing services for children and adults. Our comprehensive evaluations measure cognitive learning patterns, academic achievement, executive function, memory functions, speech and language concerns and more. Click here to read a Description of our Testing Services.

TESTING PROCESS: A complete evaluation begins with an intake appointment with one of our clinicians. The evaluation consists of multiple testing sessions to thoroughly assess the student’s strengths and challenges. A comprehensive report including the assessment results, test scores, diagnosis, and recommendations for moving forward is provided to parents at the closing conference. The final report is essentially a roadmap to help parents and educators better meet the child’s needs.


Benchmark Testing evaluates students, in math and reading, against specific grade-level standards and learning goals.  It is used to identify a student’s academic strengths and weaknesses. Click here to read a Description of Benchmark Testing.

If you are concerned about whether or not your child is performing on grade level or progressing throughout the academic year, Benchmark Testing will provide actionable data.  Using Aimsweb™ Plus and Phono-Graphix, test results will indicate current performance, Lexile scores, and estimate reading and math grade level equivalencies.  Results include:

  • Your child’s score
  • National percentile
  • Grade level performance
  • Rate of improvement
  • Academic risk status.

This information highlights:

  • Your child’s progression toward academic goals
  • Effectiveness of current educational programs and curricula
  • Need for intervention or additional support, where performance is lagging.

RESULTS INFORM DISCUSSIONS: Benchmark Testing results can help inform discussions with your child’s teaching team.

Students will meet with one of our Benchmark Evaluators three times during the school year within specified dates. Benchmark Testing takes approximately one hour and is both computer-based and has a one-on-one component for reading fluency.  After the testing, results are emailed and will highlight your child’s score on the assessments, national percentile, performance level and academic risk status. Evaluators are available to answer questions once the report is received.

Cost: $200 (due at time of registration).

To register, please call Nancy Rhodes at 410-798-0005 x 147 or email


THE SUMMIT RESOURCE CENTER also offers individual tutoring for students who need additional academic support. Our services are for students in grades 1-12 and we offer remediation in the following academic areas including: reading/spelling, written expression, mathematics, study skills, homework, and time management and organizational skills. We are pleased to offer tutoring at your convenience – in your home, at your child’s school, at a local library – whatever is most convenient for you. Leveraging today’s technologies, our tutors can connect with your child via online meetings and chats in a pinch.  Click here to read a Description of our Tutoring Services.

TUTORING PROCESS: All tutoring programs begin with an assessment of need. If a recent evaluation of skills has not been completed, the tutoring coordinator will do a screening to determine need. The objectives of the student’s program are drawn from what is revealed from the assessment. Tutoring consists of individual sessions which focus upon the remediation of skills and/or the development of study and organizational skills. The frequency and length of tutoring sessions are recommended by the coordinator of the tutoring program. Instruction is diagnostic and individualized. Students strengthen their skills and feel they can be successful in school because of this support.


THE SUMMIT RESOURCE CENTER offers a variety of focused, specialized workshops and seminars for educators and parents, designed to help adults develop techniques that enable students with learning diculties to succeed.

Community Talk – Is My Child Ready for Middle School

April 23, 2020

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Community Talk – Learning and the Brain

May 12, 2020

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definition of dyslexia

Dyslexia is not reading words backwards or writing letters backwards. That is a common misconception.

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) defines dyslexia as a brain-based type of learning disability that specifically impairs a person’s ability to read. Individuals with dyslexia typically read at levels significantly lower than expected despite having normal intelligence. Although the disorder varies from person to person, common characteristics among people with dyslexia are difficulty with phonological processing (the manipulation of sounds), spelling, and/or rapid visual-verbal responding. Dyslexia can be inherited in some families, and recent studies have identified a number of genes that may predispose an individual to developing dyslexia.

Dyslexia is a word level reading disorder resulting in difficulty decoding or sounding out words, recognizing words automatically, and spelling.  Additionally, individuals who have dyslexia demonstrate oral language difficulties that are prerequisites for reading.  These difficulties are word retrieval, for either accuracy and automaticity (i.e., rapid naming) or both, and for phonemic processing which affects the ability to discern, discriminate, and sequence sounds in words before the notion of letter/sound associations are introduced.

what is a learning difference?

At The Summit School, we view learning disabilities as learning differences because we believe that children who struggle in school have many abilities that they are unable to demonstrate because of their processing difficulties. For example they may struggle with working memory and have difficulty remembering facts or procedures. They may work more slowly than their peers. They may know a lot of information but have difficulty retrieving and expressing their knowledge clearly and succinctly. They may struggle with reading decoding and spelling because their brain does not process the sounds of the language easily. However, students with learning differences are bright – they are problem solvers, creative, intuitive, and can succeed given a rigorous, multi-sensory learning environment that is tailored to their individualized needs. Children who have learning differences might be diagnosed with dyslexia, dyscalculia, dysgraphia, written language disorder, or executive function disorder.


Individuals with Disabilities Education Act 2004 (IDEA) is a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to more than 6.5 million eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

Free Appropriate Public Education for Students With Disabilities: Requirements Under Section 504 of The Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The U.S. Department of Education (ED) enforces Section 504 in programs and activities that receive funds from ED. Recipients of these funds include public school districts, institutions of higher education, and other state and local education agencies.

The Sydney Crawford Resolution, House Simple Resolution 623, to increase awareness and to support further research and treatment of dyslexia and related learning disabilities.

Contact your Senator(s) and your House Representative so that you may contact them in support of legislation and resolutions.

online resources

Parent Resources

Architects for Learning is dedicated to promoting 21st century literacy skills through the development of innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Instructors at The Summit School are trained in EmPOWER™, an instructional method for teaching expository writing.

Center for Parent Information and Resources formerly known as National Dissemination Center for Children with Disabilities (NICHCY) funded by The U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP).

LD Online is a website for accurate and up-to-date information and advice about learning disabilities and ADHD.

Learning Ally is a national nonprofit with a defined approach to help support students with learning disabilities and their families.

National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is the public voice of mathematics education, supporting teachers to ensure equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students through vision, leadership, professional development, and research. NCTM has a helpful Family Resources page.

National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) Dyslexia Information Page

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) has achieved an array of scientific advances in its pursuit to enhance lives throughout all stages of human development, improving the health of children, adults, families, communities, and populations. Research supported and conducted by the NICHD has helped to explain the unique health needs of many, and has brought about novel and effective ways to fulfill them. Selected NICHD publications:

Reading Rockets offers strategies, lessons, activities and ideas designed to help young children learn to read.


American Speech-Language-Hearing Association (ASHA) is the national professional, scientific, and credentialing association for audiologists, speech-language pathologists, speech, language, and hearing scientists, audiology and speech-language pathology support personnel, and students.

Association of Independent Schools in Maryland and Washington, DC (AIMS) serves independent schools by providing outstanding professional development, accreditation services, public advocacy, and networking opportunities. The Summit School is AIMS accredited.

Children and Adults with Attention Deficit / Hyperactivity Disorder (CHADD) is a non-profit organization providing education, advocacy and support for individuals with ADHD.

Council for Exceptional Children (CEC) is the largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Council for Learning Disabilities (CLD) is an international organization composed of professionals who represent diverse disciplines, is committed to enhancing the education and quality of life for individuals with learning disabilities across the life span. CLD accomplishes this by promoting and disseminating evidence-based research and practices related to the education of individuals with learning disabilities.

International Dyslexia Association (IDA) is an international organization that concerns itself with the complex issues of dyslexia. IDA believes that all individuals have the right to achieve their potential, that individual learning abilities can be strengthened and that social, educational and cultural barriers to language acquisition and use must be removed.

Learning Disabilities Association of America (LDA) advocates for individuals with learning disabilities. It has over 100 state and local affiliates and members from countries around the world.

National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) is a nonprofit membership association that provides services to more than 1,700 schools and associations of schools in the United States and abroad, including 1,400 independent private K-12 schools in the U.S.

The Dyslexia Foundation (TDF), is a non-profit organization with a mission to promote scientific breakthroughs in the early detection, prevention and remediation of dyslexia and related reading difficulties; to disseminate new findings and evidence based reading approaches to researchers, practitioners and families; to prevent the economic and psychological suffering caused by reading failure, and to unlock the full potential of children and adults with dyslexia so that they may personally succeed and contribute fully to society.


The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is an internet-based digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

Institute of Education Sciences, the research arm of the US Office of Education, provides rigorous and relevant evidence on which to ground education practice and policy and share this information broadly.

Learning Disabilities Innovation Hubs (LD Hubs) aim to address the causes, symptoms, and treatments of learning disabilities that impact reading, writing, and mathematics. The Hubs focus on understudied research topics and on projects that study those diagnosed with and at-risk for these disabilities. Projects also include mentorship of researchers who are in the early stages of their careers with a particular focus on enhancing involvement of under-represented groups in scientific careers.

Learning Disabilities Research Centers (LDRC) Consortium was established in 1989 as a primary means for developingknowledge on the causes, origins, and developmental course of learning disabilities. Projects studied by the Consortium address learning disabilities that affect reading and writing, including basic reading skills, reading fluency, reading comprehension, and written expression.

The Meadows Center: Mathematics Institute for Learning Disabilities and Difficulties is committed to the understanding of mathematics learning disabilities and difficulties and to the validation of evidence-based assessments and interventions to prevent and remediate learning problems.

National Center for Learning Disabilities (NCLD) improves the lives of all people with learning difficulties and disabilities by empowering parents, enabling young adults, transforming schools, and creating policy and advocacy impact.

Society for the Scientific Study of Reading (SSSR) promotes the scientific study of reading and disseminates information about reading and related areas such as language and literacy.


Camp Summit

July 6-31, 2020, Students Entering Grades 1 – 8, camp runs from 8:30 am – 3:00 pm, extended care available until 5:00 pm     
  • Colts: Students entering grades 1 – 5
  • Stallions: Students entering grades 6 -8

Camp Summit is a nurturing program with a track record of success. Students are grouped into small classes based on skill level to accommodate their learning profile. Highly trained teachers use research-based methods and multi-sensory strategies to reinforce learning. Children make friends quickly, build self-confidence, and maintain academic skills while having fun!

Morning academics follow a structured curriculum that includes one hour each day of:

  • Reading: small group instruction using a systematic, multi sensory approach for skill development.
  • Math: small groups, standards-based multi-sensory instruction.
  • Oral/Written Expression: fun oral and written language activities and structured approaches to sentence formulation, story writing, and expository writing using computer technology.

Afternoon recreation with supportive teachers and camp counselors leading campers in sports, games, music, cooking, performances, arts, STEAM activities, and field trips.

PLEASE APPLY ONLINE: CLICK HERE to register. A $100 non-refundable deposit is due with your application. Applications are considered in the order received. You will be notified of acceptance or wait list status as soon as possible. Please do not send camp tuition until notice of acceptance has been received. Limited financial aid is available – please inquire.

TUITION: $2,230/student. Tuition is non-refundable after June 5, 2020.

SUMMIT FAMILY DISCOUNTED TUITION: Summit is pleased to offer a discount to former Camp Summit registrants, Summit students, and Summit Resource Center clients. Tuition of $1,985 must be paid in full by May 8, 2020 in order to receive this discount.

PLACEMENT SCREENING: Students will meet with one of our staff members for a screening to be sure each camper is placed in the right class. Screening will take approximately one hour. You will be contacted to schedule.

TRANSPORTATION  AVAILABLE The Summit School is pleased to provide information regarding transportation options. If you are interested in assistance getting your child to and from Camp Summit, please contact A & K Transportation, Kimberlyn Waterman at 240-508-5561 or .

EXTENDED CARE – The Summit School is pleased to offer Extended Care to our Camp Summit families until 5 pm on camp days. Please note that Extended Care must be paid in advance and this is not pro-rated. Extended Care is not a drop-in service and students must be registered no later than June 22, 2020 for their Extended Care weeks. Monthly = $400/student or Weekly = $150/student.

Click here to register for Camp Summit.

For more information about Camp Summit, please email Nancy Rhodes at

Executive Function Camp

August 3 – 7, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Rising 8, 9 & 10 Graders
August 10 – 14, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, RiSIng 5, 6 & 7 Graders

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS help us plan, organize, strategize, manage time, pay attention to and remember details. In school, these skills help students plan for future assignments, sustain attention to tasks, and stay organized. For some students, these tasks are like climbing a mountain: you don’t know where or how to start! This course will tackle organization, time management, and study skills. Students will develop strategies for:

  • Prioritizing assignments
  • Keeping materials organized
  • Sustaining attention to tasks
  • Managing time inside the classroom
  • Starting assignments efficiently
  • Managing time outside the classroom
  • Staying organized in the classroom
  • Studying for subject area tests efficiently and effectively.

If difficulty in any of these areas limits your student’s success in the classroom, he or she may benefit from skill development in the area of Executive Functioning. In addition to learning new skills, students will take home resources that can be used in every classroom, including monthly and weekly calendars, graphic organizer outlines, and study guide shells.

FOLLOW UP SESSIONS INCLUDED: Students will benefit even more with these session! Camp students will meet again to check in on progress and help set up for a successful year. These sessions are included in the cost of camp tuition.

  • Follow Up Session 1:, Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Follow Up Session 2: Wednesday, October 14, 2020, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

TUITION: $480/student; enrollment minimum is 5 students per session, maximum 10. Tuition is non-refundable after July 20, 2020.

Click here to register for Executive Function.

For more information, please email Nancy Rhodes at


August 3 – 7, 1:00 PM – 4:00 pm, Rising 8, 9 & 10 Graders
August 10 – 14, 1:00 Pm – 4:00 pm, RISING 5, 6 & 7 Graders

ACADEMIC WRITING can be a very difficult task for many students. There are so many layers to writing a strong essay for a teacher-pleasing research report. EMPOWER™ Camp will teach students how to use the EMPOWER™ writing process to launch them on the road to writing success. Students will learn how to:

  • Evaluate the writing task
  • Make a plan for the writing task
  • Organize thoughts using one of six specific graphic organizers
  • Write fact or opinion theme statements
  • Organize information in a logical sequence
  • Summarize paragraphs with a powerful closing sentence
  • Develop a voice in written pieces that engages the reader
  • Self-evaluate the quality of the writing
  • Edit to make necessary changes.

The EmPOWER™ writing process is based on solid research and developed to help students connect oral language, organization of thoughts and writing. EmPOWER™ strategies enable students to develop the internal dialogue that guides the writing process and supports thinking for effective writing.

TUITION: $480/student; enrollment minimum is 5 students per session, maximum 10. Tuition is non-refundable after July 20, 2020.

Click here to register for EMPOWER™.

For more information please email Nancy Rhodes at