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Summit Ridge Academy (SRA), formerly Lee’s Summit Alternative School, opened in the spring of 1997 with 9 students and 2 teachers. A safe schools grant written by Cliff Sloan and Bob White provided the start-up funding for the program. In the spring of 2004 a team representing the school community created the school’s name, including the word “Summit” representing the name of the city Lee’s Summit and “Ridge” due to the elevation of a nearby area. The team was also charged with naming the school mascot and identifying school colors, hence the burgundy and khaki Hawks were born. The school’s initial and current Principal is Mr. Burt Whaley. SRA was initially opened with a capacity of 20 students. In 1998 SRA increased the capacity of the school to approximately 40 students and continued to increase the number of students it served to a current capacity of 125 students. SRA is located about the south side of the Lee’s Summit West Campus.


Enrollment:  117
Grades:  7-12
Mascot:  Hawks
School Colors:  Burgundy and Khaki
Students served from:  Lee’s Summit High School, Lee’s Summit North High School, Lee’s Summit West High School, Bernard Campbell Middle School, Summit Lakes Middle School, and Pleasant Lea Middle School.
Business Partners:  Pro Deo, Cold Water, Critt., Rach. House, Hope House, etc.