(l-r) Summit Academy Management CEO John Guyer, Summit Academy – Xenia Principal Marissa Raux, SAM Director of Facilities Beverly Locke, Xenia Assistant Principal Travis Brewer and Xenia 10th-grade student Luke Beiring ceremoniously broke ground for a new high school for Summit Academy students in Xenia, due to be completed next school year.

Summit Academy officials ceremoniously broke ground for a 10,524-square-foot school building in Xenia on Tuesday, Feb. 7. The new building will welcome Summit Academy’s high school students in grades 9-12 tentatively at the start of the 2023-2024 school year. The building will be situated on the grounds of the school’s existing location at 1694 Pawnee Drive in Xenia. Students in grades K-8 will remain at the current building.

“The new building will create a campus feel with a canopied walkway connecting the high school with the elementary and middle school,”  says Summit Academy Management CEO John Guyer, describing that the two buildings will be situated catty-corner on the property.

The composite-wood siding and brick veneer, one-story building will house eight classrooms, a spacious multipurpose room, an administration office plus four additional offices, and a break room. Generous windows, acoustic ceilings and polished concrete and vinyl-plank flooring are among the building’s features.

“It’s exciting and will facilitate our long-term growth plan, which is to accommodate an anticipated increased number of students,” says Principal Marissa Raux.

Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners – Xenia serves students in grades kindergarten through 12th. Summit Academy specializes in educating students who learn differently by providing a therapeutic environment where students with autism and ADHD can thrive socially, emotionally and academically. Twenty-four schools throughout Ohio comprise the Summit Academy Schools network, which is operated by Summit Academy Management.

Vancon Inc. of Dayton will oversee construction of the new school, anticipated to take place from February through August 2023.