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4221 E. Chandler Blvd., Suite 113 Phoenix AZ

Posted: Friday, October 4, 2013 2:45 pm | Updated: 4:43 pm, Tue Oct 8, 2013.

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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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 www.summitschoolaz.org.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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