Ahwatukee Foothills News: School Highlight

School Highlight

Tuesday 01/26/2016
Keystone Montessori
Posted: January 26, 2016

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.

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Monday 12/28/2015
Kyrene Centennial Middle School
Posted: December 28, 2015

With winter break upon us, Kyrene Centennial Middle School is working hard to ensure that they are meeting the needs of all their students. Serving sixth through eighth grades, Centennial began as a junior high school and in 1990 was converted to a full middle school that now houses somewhere around 1,100 students.

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Saturday 11/07/2015
School highlight: Kyrene de los Cerritos Elementary School
Posted: November 07, 2015

Kyrene de los Cerritos Elementary School, 14620 S. Desert Foothills Pkwy.

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Sunday 10/25/2015
School highlight: Kyrene Monte Vista
Posted: October 25, 2015

Kyrene Monte Vista

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Monday 10/12/2015
School highlight: Primrose School of Ahwatukee
Posted: October 12, 2015

The Primrose School of Ahwatukee provides a balanced foundation for kids to learn and grow.

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Sunday 09/27/2015
School highlight: Horizon Honors Secondary School
Posted: September 27, 2015

16233 S. 48th St.

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Saturday 09/12/2015
School highlight: Horizon Honors Elementary School
Posted: September 12, 2015

16233 South 48th St.

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Sunday 08/23/2015
School Highlight: Kyrene de la Colina Elementary
Posted: August 23, 2015

Kyrene de la Colina Elementary

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Saturday 08/08/2015
School Highlight: Children of Hope Preschool
Posted: August 08, 2015

Children of Hope Preschool is entering its ninth year in Ahwatukee Foothills.

The small school serves kids 2 years old through Pre-K in five separate classrooms. 

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Saturday 07/25/2015
School highlight: The Village Preschool
Posted: July 25, 2015

The Village Preschool has been in Ahwatukee Foothills since 2001. The preschool operates on the belief that it takes a village to raise a child — yet the child doesn’t have to be just one person in a large village. Each class has no more than 10 students, with even less in the toddler and preschool classrooms.

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Sunday 07/12/2015
Camp highlight: Makutus Island
Posted: July 12, 2015

Makutus Island

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Saturday 06/27/2015
School highlight: Ambassador Academy 3820 E. Ray Road, Suite 8
Posted: June 27, 2015

Ambassador Academy in Ahwatukee Foothills is a small charter school built on preparing future leaders through academic excellence.

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Sunday 06/14/2015
Kyrene Adventure Tours
Posted: June 14, 2015

Kyrene Adventure Tours is a field trip-based camp and is the most popular summer camp the Kyrene School District offers.

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Saturday 05/30/2015
School Highlight: Kyrene del Milenio Elementary School
Posted: May 30, 2015

Kyrene del Milenio Elementary was the last school to be built in the Kyrene School District, but it’s been in the Ahwatukee Foothills community for 15 years. 

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Sunday 05/10/2015
School highlight: Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School
Posted: May 10, 2015

Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School

2620 E. Liberty Lane

Kyrene de la Estrella Elementary School is a smaller Kyrene elementary school, but Principal Michael Lamp said the school may have the most veteran staff in the district.

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Sunday 04/26/2015
School Highlight: Magical Journey Learning Center
Posted: April 26, 2015

Magical Journey Learning Center

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Sunday 04/12/2015
Ahwatukee Preschool at Mountain View Lutheran Church
Posted: April 12, 2015

Ahwatukee Preschool at Mountain View Lutheran Church, 11002 S. 48th St.

Ahwatukee Preschool has been teaching kids in Ahwatukee Foothills for 35 years.

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Sunday 03/22/2015
School highlight: Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary
Posted: March 22, 2015

Address: 14841 S. 41st Place

Kyrene de la Esperanza Elementary School has been in Ahwatukee Foothills for 22 years, but the school is unique in its ability to change with the times.

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Friday 03/06/2015
School highlight: Basis Ahwatukee
Updated: March 06, 2015 - 2:46 pm

Basis Ahwatukee

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Monday 02/23/2015
School highlight: Kyrene Centennial Middle School
Posted: February 23, 2015

For 25 years students have been filling the halls of Kyrene Centennial Middle School, but it’s changed a lot in recent years.

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Friday 02/06/2015
School highlight: Kyrene Altadeña Middle School
Posted: February 06, 2015

14620 S. Desert Foothills Parkway

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Monday 12/22/2014
Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School
Posted: December 22, 2014

Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School, 2720 E. Liberty Lane, has been part of the Ahwatukee area since 1992, offering each of their Rattlers an enjoyable schooling experience from the morning bell to the ending bell.

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Friday 10/17/2014
Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School
Updated: October 30, 2014 - 3:50 pm

Kyrene Akimel A-al Middle School has been part of the Ahwatukee area since 1992, offering each of its Rattlers an enjoyable schooling experience from the morning bell to the ending bell.

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Monday 10/06/2014
School highlight: St. John Bosco Catholic School
Updated: December 02, 2014 - 1:21 pm

For more than 10 years, St. John Bosco Catholic School has been offering Ahwatukee Foothills residents an education experience that incorporates Catholic identity in its curriculum.

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School highlight: Ambassador Academy
Posted: September 06, 2014

For the past five years, Ambassador Academy in Ahwatukee has been offering its students a small-classroom setting.

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Sunday 08/24/2014
A Step Ahead Preschool
Updated: September 06, 2014 - 1:33 pm

Since 1998, A Step Ahead Preschool in Ahwatukee has been teaching its students through Montessori and traditional teaching methods.

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Sunday 08/10/2014
Kyrene de las Lomas Elementary School
Posted: August 10, 2014

Kyrene de las Lomas is one of the 12 Kyrene schools in the Ahwatukee area that has been educating its students for many years.

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
God’s Garden Preschool of Ahwatukee
Updated: August 05, 2014 - 4:29 pm

God’s Garden Preschool of Ahwatukee has been in the area for the past 14 years, giving each child a centralized learning experience.

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Saturday 07/12/2014
School highlight: Summit School of Ahwatukee
Posted: July 12, 2014

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

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Saturday 06/28/2014
Ahwatukee school highlight: Grace Garden Christian Preschool
Posted: June 28, 2014

10841 S. 48th St.

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Keystone Montessori

[David Jolkovski/AFN]
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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