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School highlight: Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School

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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 1:45 pm | Updated: 8:41 am, Fri Oct 25, 2013.

Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School • 1122 E. Liberty Lane

The faculty members at Kyrene de la Sierra Elementary School offer their students different activities to choose from, promising to keep them engaged throughout the school term.

The current enrollment at Sierra is 642 students.

For the fall term, the school has created different programs consisting of choir lessons for third- and fifth-graders, and a running club for all students. The running club will take place in October and will be offered two days out of the week after school.

Dana Westermann, student advisor at Sierra, said the programs offered at the elementary school is what sets them apart from other schools.

For more information about the school and its various fall activities, visit

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Ahwatukee school highlight: Grace Garden Christian Preschool

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Catherine Thomson, director, poses with students at Grace Garden Christian Preschool on Wednesday, June 25, 2014.

10841 S. 48th St.

Grace Garden Christian Preschool has been part of the Ahwatukee community for the past nine years, giving each of its students a Christian-based curriculum.

The school currently houses 100 students from the ages of 6 weeks old to 6 years old, and provides two meals and a snack for the day.

Director Catherine Thomson said teachers incorporate Bible lessons throughout the day within their curriculum.

“We try to teach a lot of the children what honesty is, what respect is and the children have a great learning experience with us,” she said. “We also do enrichment classes here, where teachers will go to each classroom so the kids get comfortable with all the teachers in the school.”

During the enrichment classes, teachers instruct a class in their areas of expertise, such as Spanish or Mandarin, math, science and yoga.

During the summer break, Grace Garden Christian Preschool also offers different courses for students who are struggling with their academics.

For additional information about Grace Garden Christian School, visit

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