Remote Learning Plans


Remote Learning Schedules

Grades 1-8 Synchronized Schedule

High School Synchronized Schedule


Virtual Field Trips

WEEK 7: Be an Imagineer! Ever wondered what it would be like to design and create all the amazing things you see at amusement parks? Thanks to a partnership between Disney, Pixar, and Kahn Academy, students can now engage in a free online program with lessons on theme park design and engineering. This is a great project to begin now and work on through the summer. Let us know what you create!  

WEEK 6: Thanks to our partnership with Fund for the Arts and the Louisville Ballet, this week's field trip is to the ballet!  Check out the videos below and the accompanying study guide.  Enjoy as a family!
Virtual Performances & Study Guide:
Ballet Class Demonstration
How Jack Got His Job Virtual Performance
How Jack Got His Job Study Guide (access code HJGJFY20)

WEEK 5: IMAG History and Science Center in Florida is offering daily education programs through their website and Facebook page.  Check out their activity schedule!

WEEK 4: Since it should be Derby Week here in Louisville, we thought a virtual tour of the Kentucky Derby Museum would be very fitting!

WEEK 3: The Nature Conservancy offers 11 virtual field trips that allow students to do everything from exploring a coastal rainforest while in a canoe to unlocking the secrets of coral reefs in the Dominican Republic. Each video is about 45 minutes long. What amazing things can you discover this week?

WEEK 2: Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens Every weekday at 3 PM EDT, the Cincinnati Zoo will host a Home Safari Facebook Live that features a different animal each day. For those who don't have social media, the zoo will post the safaris on both their website and YouTube.

WEEK 1: This week's virtual field trip is to our local Frazier Museum. Each day they are posting videos, artifacts, and articles. This is a great way to expand your student's knowledge of the time periods they are studying in social studies or to learn more about Kentucky history.  

In addition, the museum has created a community-wide project called Coronavirus Capsule. They are asking students and members of the community at-large to record their thoughts and experiences through writing, videos, photos, and other art forms. Check out the recent submissions and consider ways that your family can help to document this historical time in our lives.

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July 28, 2020: Return to School 2020-21 UPDATE

Dear Summit Academy Families:

As you are likely aware, Governor Beshear announced yesterday that no public or private schools are to open until at least the third week of August. Thus, our originally scheduled opening of August 14 will not occur. Historically, Summit opens with a shortened week in an effort to successfully transition our students, and families, back into the school routine. 

Our Phase 3 Reopening School Committee met this morning and adjusted our first day of school to Thursday, August 20. Our faculty and staff will return as originally scheduled on August 10 and we look forward to seeing everyone on the 20th.

Again, the safety and wellbeing of our students, parents and staff are at the center of our decision making process. We will continue to monitor communications and data related to COVID-19. Our next scheduled communication will be the release of our return to school document on or before Friday, August 7. Our desire is to have our plan formulated on the absolute latest information, recommendations and or mandates being provided by Governor Beshear’s office as well as the Kentucky Department of Education and the CDC. We are also referencing Kentucky’s “Healthy at School” guidelines as we formulate our plans.

We remain aligned with other Kentucky private schools (KAIS) in our commitment to open in-person. For those wanting a virtual learning option, we are able to provide that as well. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact myself or another administrator.

  • The PARENT ORIENTATION video will now be sent out on Monday, August 17. This video will address first day of school procedures, any changes to the handbook, and other important information to help with a smooth transition back to school.
  • RETURNING STUDENTS in grades 2 - 12 will have a drive-by drop-off of supplies on Wednesday, August 19 from 9:00 - 2:00. All supplies should be placed in the trunk or rear of the vehicle. Once pulled up to the designated space, a staff member will unload your student’s supplies and deliver them to the appropriate classroom. No parent or student will be allowed in the building at this time.
  • NEW STUDENTS and ANY STUDENTS IN KINDERGARTEN - 1ST GRADE will be allowed to go to their classrooms, accompanied by one parent or adult, on Wednesday, August 19 at the following designated times:
    • 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. - K students whose last name begins with A - L
    • 11:00 - 11:45 a.m. - K students whose last name begins with M - Z
    • 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. - Grade 1 students whose last name begins with A - K
    • 10:00 - 10:45 a.m. - Grade 1 students whose last name begins with L - Z
    • 1:00 - 1:45 p.m. - NEW students in grades 2 - 12 whose last name begins with A - Me
    • 2:00 - 2:45 p.m. - NEW students in grades 2 - 12 whose last name begins with Mi - Z

Medications should also be dropped off on Wednesday, August 19. We will have a designated tent in the parking lot to collect any medications that the students will or might need during the school day. This includes daily and emergency/as needed medications. A completed “Permission to Administer Medication” form must accompany each medication. One copy was included in the packet mailed home. Additional copies will be available upon request.

Other forms enclosed in the parent packet mailed out last week are now due on or before Thursday, August 20, the first day of school. You may scan and email them to, send via regular mail, or drop them off with your school supplies.

We look forward to seeing you all in the near future,

Douglas L. Strothman
Head of School


July 14, 2020: Return to School 2020-21

Dear New and Returning Summit Academy Families:

I trust this communication finds you well and your family is experiencing a healthy and enjoyable summer.

Yesterday evening we held the graduation ceremony for Summit High School’s Class of 2020 on our back lawn. The event was beautiful and we couldn’t be more proud of our newest alumni. This officially places a capstone on the previous school year, and as hard as it is to believe, we are only one month away from the beginning of the 2020-21 school year.

As always, the safety and wellbeing of our students, parents and staff are at the center of our decision making process. While we continue to monitor communications and data related to COVID 19, our desired plan at this time is to return to school in-person on Friday, August 14 as scheduled. Due to the fluidity of information regarding COVID 19, Summit Academy will release its complete return to school protocols on or before Friday, July 31. Our desire is to have our plan based on the absolute latest information, recommendations and/or mandates being provided by Governor Beshear’s office as well as the Kentucky Department of Education and the CDC. Our staff and faculty have been working hard on a safe return to school plan and we want to be as timely as possible when releasing details. We are updating our remote learning plans as well should that become necessary.

Maintaining a safe and healthy environment on campus will require everyone to be diligent and work together as a community. Given our intentionally small class sizes, we will be able to physically distance within our classrooms. Thus, under current guidelines, students will be required to wear a mask when entering into our buildings and moving about the halls, but once in their seats their masks can be removed if desired. To begin the process of preparing your student for the return to in-person schooling, we recommend finding a mask with which they are comfortable and begin the practice of having them wear one. Masks should be neat in appearance and not contain images which may be scary, offensive or distracting in nature.

Other steps Summit Academy is taking to insure a safe campus environment include:

  • Students or staff displaying any signs of illness may not be at school.
  • Temperature checks for all faculty and students will be performed each day.
  • Students or staff who show signs of illness or have a temperature of 100.4 or higher at any time during the school day will be sent home.
  • Students and faculty will be required to sanitize their hands on entering the building, before and after eating lunch or snack, and at various other times throughout the day.
  • We have purchased an electrostatic misting sanitizer and the common areas will be sanitized throughout the day and classrooms will be done at the end of each day.

Should we return to in-person schooling and you desire a remote learning option due to medical or safety concerns, we ask that you contact Rebecca Hoffmann or myself to discuss such. Some of you have been proactive and those conversations have already begun. Just as we ask of our students, we too want to be flexible thinkers and seek ways to accommodate everyone's needs. We believe we have the technology infrastructure in place to provide alternative learning options. Our goal is to always find a way to say yes.

We will continue to release information as we are able. In the meantime, feel free to contact us should you have any questions or concerns. We will work diligently to meet the needs of all students and staff as we promote a safe and healthy learning and working environment.

We look forward to seeing you all in the near future,

Douglas L. Strothman
Head of School


May 26, 2020: End of Year Message

Dear Summit Parents and Students:

It is hard to believe another school year has come to a completion. And what a year it has been! The twenty-eighth year of Summit Academy has been truly unique and challenging. The pandemic and subsequent remote learning has reminded us all of the need to be flexible thinkers. While it wasn’t always easy, we believe we are better for the experience. We hope your family has found some positive outcomes as well.

I want to again take this opportunity to congratulate our graduates, the Class of 2020, as well as our 8th graders, Kindergartners and all of our Summit Eagles. We look forward to those who will be furthering their education at Summit in the fall and wish much success to those who are moving on.

We are in the process of closing out the current year while also making plans for 20-21. A multi-phase plan for the reopening of campus has been implemented. Phase #1 (May 26 - July5) has our buildings closed to visitors and non-essential vendors. Employees on campus will be limited as well. Should you need assistance during Phase #1 please call the school office at 502.244.7090. If no one is available leave a message and we will return your call within one business day.  

Included in Phase #2 is the ability for parents, visitors and vendors to enter the building as needed. This phase will begin on Monday, July 6. Many of our staff will continue to work remotely so making an appointment is highly recommended. As state guidelines evolve we will continue to keep you informed should our plans be adjusted.

In adherence to the state’s Healthy at Work guidelines and to assure the safety of all, we will require everyone entering the building wear a mask (except children 5 and under). If a visitor does not have a mask one will be provided. Upon entry, a wellness screening will take place, which includes a temperature scan and a brief questionnaire.  

Best wishes for a healthy and relaxing summer break,

Doug Strothman
Head of School

April 21, 2020: Remote learning announcement

Dear Summit Academy Parents and Students, 

Good morning and I hope everyone is experiencing some warmth and comfort in the beauty of this sunny day!  This communication is a brief follow up to yesterday’s message and the subsequent announcement by Governor Beshear in which he has asked Kentucky schools to continue remote learning for the balance of the 2019-20 academic year.

As stated yesterday, we had anticipated this decision and we have been working on alternate plans for significant events such as awards day, high school commencement activities, etc.  As these plans are finalized we will begin to share them as well.

In the meantime, we will forge ahead with distance learning for this year as well as continuing the enrollment process for next year.  We have roughly one month of school left so please do not hesitate to let us know if we can be of any assistance.

Warmest regards,

Douglas L. Strothman
Head of School


April 20, 2020: Remote learning update
Dear Summit Academy Parents and Students, 
I trust you and your family are safe and healthy. We know the past few weeks have been challenging and we want to say how proud we are of how well our students have adapted to remote learning. The reason for this communication is to share what we can regarding the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year.  
Our Leadership Team continues to monitor all communications from Governor Beshear and various health agencies as we plan and prepare for the balance of the school year. Upon reviewing the recently released plan for reopening the state, it doesn’t provide a lot of time for us to try to return for in-school activities. The multi-phase plan calls for a 14 day period of decreased diagnosed cases prior to beginning the process of reopening the state and schools are part of the latter phases of the such. While we will remain hopeful, we are in the process of developing contingency plans in the likely event that we will not return to the building this year. While we don’t have enough information to make final decisions, any adjusted plans will be communicated once such is appropriate.
There are few adjustments which we can share at this time: 
  • May 1, originally a no school day due to Oaks Day, will be a remote learning day for all Summit Academy students.
  • The Middle School year-end field trip is cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
  • The High School year-end field trip is cancelled and will not be rescheduled.
  • The last day of school will be Friday, May 22.
I truly appreciate our community being so flexible during this unprecedented time. I also want to acknowledge the hard work of our faculty and staff. We will indeed get through this together! 
Warmest regards,
Douglas L. Strothman
Head of School

April 6, 2020: Remote learning update
Dear Summit Academy Families and Staff,
This past Thursday, Governor Beshear announced the request for school buildings to remain void of students and teachers through Friday, May 1. Thus, we will be continuing with remote learning through at least the end of this month.
Our faculty and staff have worked diligently the past three weeks to make certain we are in a position to provide a positive educational experience through various platforms, with most of our teachers using Google Meet or a variation thereof. We are committed to a synchronized schedule as we believe structure will be best for our students.
Please note that our school day will look relatively the same for faculty as well. Our educational team will be available to respond to student/parent communications from 8:45 a.m. until 3:15 p.m. Monday - Friday.
All extra-curricular activities or special events scheduled during the month of April have been cancelled or postponed. We are in the process of discerning alternative opportunities for activities related to award ceremonies, graduations, etc. should we not return in time for such.
In closing, we realize the next few days and weeks will present some challenges. We are here for you, and as Gov. Beshear states daily, “we will get through this, we will get through this together.” Please communicate your needs to your teachers or a member of our staff and we will be certain to do all that we can to assist you.
Douglas L. Strothman
Head of School

March 27, 2020: Remote learning update - Spring Break

Dear Summit Academy Families,

Today brings to a close what was the original phase of remote learning. It is hard to imagine that just three weeks ago we thought we were heading towards an exciting month of March Madness, longer days, warmer weather and Spring Break. Then, within a 48 hour period, our world changed dramatically as we rapidly moved into safe distancing, sheltering in place, a virtual nationwide shutdown and of course, distance learning. The past two weeks have been an unprecedented time for students, parents and educators alike.

I hope you take time to enjoy your Spring Break! Hopefully the weather will be such that we can all get out and do the things we want to do - within the parameters of social distancing of course! Catch your breath, get some exercise, spend quality time together and stay positive as we will get through all of this together. Thank you to all of you who have been so encouraging through emails, texts, social media and phone calls. Spring is a time of hope and renewal and we need to exude positivity now more than ever.

Our gratitude to those families who stopped by to pick up your child’s packets yesterday. It was great to see so many of our students and parents, even if from a distance and only for a few minutes. We sincerely thank you for taking the time to be involved and present in your child's education. This is a team effort, and you are obviously an increasingly important member of the team!

As we work our way into the next phase of distance learning, we once again will be involved in advancing and assessing your student's academic growth. Students have been working diligently to obtain knowledge throughout the year and we are dedicated to continuing to move that forward through the use of technology. Those who have already been introduced to such have been so excited to be able to simulate their classroom! There is comfort in seeing their teachers and their classmates, even if done virtually. You can help your student make the distance learning process successful by maintaining normal bedtimes and encouraging plenty of exercise and fresh air when away from the computers and school work. Even as we turn more to technology, it is paramount that children have time to explore and play outside, to exercise their bodies, and to learn to solve real world problems. Limiting video games and TV time is also a great help to a "distance learning frame of mind". We extend our thanks in advance for the help you can provide us.

Last, I want to express my deep appreciation to our amazing faculty and staff. Our team is working harder than ever as distance learning is not something which happens easily or naturally. To see their dedication to our students, our school and to one another and their desire to continue to provide a transformative educational experience is inspiring!

Please always feel free to contact me, Mrs. Hoffmann or Mrs. Cain with your questions, concerns and ideas. We look forward to “seeing” you all on April 6!

With Eternal Hope!

Doug Strothman
Head of School


March 23, 2020: Remote learning update

Dear Summit Academy Families,

As directed by Governor Beshear, we will continue remote instruction through Monday, April 20. Our administration and faculty have been working diligently on a plan for sustainable remote instruction for as long as is deemed necessary. Our goal is to provide meaningful and productive educational instruction in order to advance our students towards the completion of the current academic year.

We realize remote instruction is unprecedented for our school as well as for most of our families. Our plan will include a synchronized schedule to create consistency and a degree of normalcy. We will be communicating a detailed plan with included protocol and expectations in the very near future.

Many of our families have done a great job working with teachers thus far in the original two-week remote instruction period. The work which has been sent home will continue to be graded and impact final grades for the year. As we enter the second week, if you have not done so, please be sure to check in with your student's teachers. 

Some of you have inquired about the enrollment process for next year. We will continue with the previously extended deadline of March 31. Please complete the application process by this date. For those applying for financial assistance, we ask that you submit financial documentation as soon as possible. Should you need our assistance, feel free to contact Renee Lindsey at or (502) 919-8025.

Best wishes,

Doug Strothman
Head of School


March 20, 2020: Remote learning update

Dear Summit Community,

We hope that your family is staying healthy and safe during this time of uncertainty. This week we embarked upon an uncharted journey when we launched remote learning at Summit Academy. This decision was made to allow students to continue their education while remaining in their home. With the original mandate of no school for two weeks, we decided to focus on remediation and review. Many of our students are routine oriented so we tried to keep the expectations and rigor at a manageable standard in an effort to keep anxieties and frustrations as low as possible for all.

This is very much an unprecedented and fluid situation so we are making contingency plans should we be required to continue remote learning post Spring Break. Thus, we ask for your trust and your patience as we await communications from the authorities related to when and if we return to the classroom this school year.

I have been participating in video conferencing sessions with private schools within our state (Kentucky Association of Independent Schools) as well as nationally (Independent Schools Association of the Central States) to assure we are aligned with our colleagues and implementing best practices. A detailed plan and schedule per grade level will be communicated to all families should we receive notification of the continuance of remote learning beyond April 6.  

I am happy to report that at present and to our knowledge, no member of the Summit community has reported being tested positive for COVID-19, but we must be diligent in our efforts to create a healthy environment on our campus and in the greater community. We ask that you notify us should someone in your family receive a positive diagnosis or is recommended to enact self-quarantine. Privacy will be maintained but we do want to keep our school community informed.

In closing, our faculty and staff remain dedicated to the mission of our school and to the service of your children. I am so proud of the effort being put forth as we strive to provide a positive educational experience for our students. Let’s continue to show our Summit Eagle spirit and soar in the face of uncertainty and adversity.


Douglas L. Strothman
Head of School

March 18, 2020: Remote learning

Dear Summit Academy Families,

We are now on day three of remote instruction and I want to check in with you all. Most of our administrative staff are in the building throughout the day or working from home if necessary. We too are doing our best to practice social distancing when occupying a shared space and the majority of our faculty are working from home just as our students are. We truly appreciate everyone being flexible thinkers during this time of uncertainty.

I have asked our faculty to provide some normalcy in the midst of this unpredictable climate. Your student should have access to their teachers throughout the day via a variety of platforms as communicated by the teacher. Most of the feedback we have received has been very positive and we appreciate you sharing. With that said, if for some reason you do not feel that you are getting the support your student needs, please communicate those concerns to your student's teacher, Rebecca Hoffmann or myself.

I do want to remind everyone that assignments will be graded and utilized in order to determine a students overall grade for the year. Thus, as difficult as it may be for some, be sure to have your student complete their work in the timeline that is communicated by their teachers.

Mrs. Hoffmann and others are posting a variety of resources on the PTO Facebook page should your children need fun, yet constructive ways to occupy their free time. It is also important to encourage your student to go outside and get some fresh air and exercise. Recess plays an important role in our daily school routine and helps relieve anxiety.

As long as we are permitted, staff members will be on site from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, during the remote learning days. Please communicate any needs and we will do our best to address them. Further updates will be sent when appropriate.

Douglas L. Strothman
Head of School

March 13, 2020: COVID-19 Announcement

Summit Academy Families and Staff,

As recommended by Governor Andy Beshear and the Kentucky Department of Education, Summit Academy will be CLOSING BEGINNING MONDAY, MARCH 16 through FRIDAY, APRIL 3. SCHOOL IS SCHEDULED TO RESUME ON MONDAY, APRIL 6.

Given we are experiencing a worldwide pandemic, we believe joining the majority of schools in our area and state in closing for the next three weeks is the correct course of action. Our students and our staff are our most precious resources and everyone’s health and safety is at the center of our decision.

As stated in our previous communication, Summit Academy will be continuing instruction remotely for all grade levels. Your student’s teachers will communicate directly with you regarding what that will look like and what the expectations are. Please note that this will vary per grade level.

If your student is not at school today, Friday, March 13, you will need to communicate with their teachers as to whether or not you need to come to school to obtain necessary educational materials. Should you need to make an arrangement to obtain something, Summit staff will be on site from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. during the remote learning days. Please communicate your need and anticipated time of arrival in advance.

Visit for current information regarding COVID-19 in the state of Kentucky.

Please know that our staff will be doing additional cleaning and sanitizing of all of our buildings during this time. We appreciate you understanding this difficult decision and look forward to getting everyone back as soon as possible. Further communication will be sent when appropriate.

Douglas L. Strothman
Head of School

March 12, 2020: Coronavirus status update

Summit Academy Families and Staff,

As information related to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to be shared, we will further our effort to keep you informed of the latest developments. We have been monitoring information passed down by the office of Governor Beshear and the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health & Wellness (LMDPHW). In addition, we have been in ongoing collaboration and communication with several other private and non-public schools within our city and region and we want to share our latest plan of action.

Following the recommendation of the Governor and local authorities, Summit Academy will remain OPEN at this time. Should there be a recommendation for the closing of local schools, we will follow such.
Should there be a decision to close, we will be continuing instruction remotely for all grade levels. Your child’s teacher will communicate directly with you regarding what that will look like and what the expectations are. Please note that this will vary per grade level.
Our school administrators and custodial staff are working diligently to assure all of our buildings and classrooms are clean and disinfected. Students and staff are being reminded of proper hand hygiene along with proper cough etiquette. 
We are still seeing cases of flu among students. Please continue to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines on the best ways to combat the spread of Influenza A & B as well as the Coronavirus and tell your students to do the same:
Wash your hands frequently.
Help young students wash their hands well.
Stay home when you are feeling ill, and consult with a medical professional.
Cover your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
Avoid close contact with anyone with cold- or flu-like symptoms.

We will continue to follow directives from the Governor’s office, LMDPHW and the CDC. Visit for current information regarding COVID-19 in the state of Kentucky. Additionally, the state has a hotline for COVID-19 questions: 1-800-722-5725.

We greatly appreciate your cooperation during this time. We also want to thank the Summit Academy staff for their dedication to providing a safe and healthy educational environment.

Douglas L. Strothman
Head of School

March 9, 2020: Coronavirus awareness

Summit Academy Families and Staff,

We want to provide you an update regarding our efforts to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and visitors. As you are likely aware, one person is confirmed to have Coronavirus in Jefferson County and we are awaiting additional information from Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness (LMDPHW).

Summit Academy will remain open and on regular schedule until we receive new information and guidance from the LMDPHW recommending we do otherwise.

As is standard procedure, particularly during typical flu season, we will work with our custodial staff and teachers to make sure all of our buildings and furniture are clean and disinfected and students and staff are being reminded of hand hygiene along with proper cough etiquette. Our team will be reviewing health and cleanliness protocols including frequent handwashing for all staff and students, cleaning and disinfecting objects and surfaces, separating any individuals with signs of illness, as well as guidelines related to personal health such as staying home when sick and practicing healthy habits.

In accordance with recommendations by the Centers for Disease Control guidelines on the best ways to combat the spread of Coronavirus, all families are urged to continue the practice of healthy behaviors, which include, but are not limited to:

Washing hands frequently and for an extended period of time.
Assisting younger students with hand washing.
Staying home and keeping your student home if you or they are feeling ill, and consulting a medical professional.
Covering your nose and mouth when coughing and sneezing.
Avoiding close contact with anyone with cold or flu-like symptoms.

We appreciate your continued trust and cooperation and we pledge to do our very best to provide a healthy environment. In preparation for the possibility of temporary school closures, we are forming a plan to allow for remote learning during such time. Our faculty and staff will be diligent in their practices and observations and we will continue to communicate new information when appropriate.

Doug Strothman
Head of School

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