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2156 E. Liberty Lane Phoenix AZ

Posted: Thursday, May 23, 2013 12:37 pm | Updated: 4:44 pm, Tue Oct 8, 2013.

The Village Preschool • 2156 E. Liberty Lane

Tucked inside Desert Foothills United Methodist Church, The Village Preschool prides itself in being a school committed to small class sizes and individual attention.

With a total enrollment of about 22 kids, the small, private preschool offers programs for 2- and 3-year-olds as well as a pre-kindergarten class.

With its motto of being a place “where children are celebrated,” The Village started in 2000 with the intention of developing well-rounded children.

According to their website, the young learners leave socially, emotionally and academically prepared for kindergarten.

Registration for the 2013-14 school year began in February. The school is located at 2156 E. Liberty Lane.

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School highlight: Summit School of Ahwatukee

Lyndsey Klein reads to children from Homeward Bound.

Throughout the years, Summit School of Ahwatukee has been assisting children with entering school with its preschool program.

Ages for the preschool program are from 30 months to 5 years old; all students must be potty trained prior to entering school.

There are four classes within the preschool, with a maximum of 18 students per classroom.

“We are a quality school, with quality coming first,” said Andrea Benkel, director of early childhood education. “Instead of a more traditional model, where there is a classroom with students and a teacher and an aide, each one of our rooms has two teachers. That allows us to high-functioning and high-quality.”

Summit School’s preschool program has been voted the top preschool in Best of Ahwatukee for six consecutive years.

According to Summit School’s website, children are given the opportunity to participate in large and small group settings.

The private-school curriculum focuses toward growth in areas such as social/emotional, physical, language, cognitive, literacy, math, science, technology, social studies and language comprehension.

Benkel said teachers add to the success at Summit School, with each of them being passionate about furthering their students’ education.

Teachers and administrators are gearing up for the first day of school, which begins Wednesday, Aug. 6.

For additional information about Summit School, visit

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