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4221 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 113 Phoenix AZ

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013 2:45 pm

A Step Ahead Preschool & Montessori • 4221 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 113

A Step Ahead Preschool & Montessori has been in the Ahwatukee area for 15 years, offering the community preschool programs and a starting point for children beginning their education.

Maysa Fini, owner of the school, said many of their enrollments come through parent referrals, and as of right now the school houses 70 students.

“A Step Ahead is a Montessori-based school, but we are not 100 percent Montessori. We have a combination of both Montessori and traditional style,” Fini said.

Fini said by having teachers who are Montessori certified and others who are not, allow the students to gain the best education to assist them with the transition of entering into public schools.

For more information about A Step Ahead, visit www.astepaheadpreschool.com.

• Compiled by Daniel Ochoa.

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Keystone Montessori

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Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing laura@keystonemontessori.com.

For more information, visit keystonemontessori.com.

• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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