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Summit Academy breaks ground for new building


XENIA — Summit Academy officials recently broke ground for a 10,524-square-foot school building in Xenia.

The new building is tentatively scheduled to welcome Summit’s students in grades 9-12 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. Students in grades K-8 will remain at the current building.

The two buildings will be situated catty-corner on the property.

“The new building will create a campus feel with a canopied walkway connecting the high school with the elementary and middle school,” said Summit Academy Management CEO John Guyer.

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,” said Principal Marissa Raux.

Summit Academy Community School for Alternative Learners — Xenia serves students in grades K-12. 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, according to a release from the school. 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.